March 8: A Special 2nd Wednesday Event
Taking a bite out of Louisville restaurants
Ever wanted to go behind the scenes of Louisville restaurants? Now's your chance! Join Venture Connectors for a special 2nd Wednesday event on March 8, featuring an exciting panel of local restaurateurs. Moderated by food writer Steve Coomes, the panel will feature prominent restaurant owners Fernando Martinez, Susan Hershberg and Chad Coulter, who will discuss the restaurant landscape both in Louisville and nationally. They will share successes in the marketplace as well as challenges in a competitive culinary city and what the future holds for independent restaurants. The panelists will also offer thoughts on current threats facing restaurant operators and insights into what makes them and their restaurants tick. Click here to register.
Fernando Martinez is a partner and executive chef for OLE Restaurant Group in Louisville. A native of Cuba, Martinez has opened numerous restaurants in Louisville, including Guaca Mole, Artesano Vino Tapas y Mas, Mercato Italiano, El Taco Luchador and Red Barn Kitchen. His partners in OLE are wife Christina Martinez and cousin Yaniel Martinez.
Susan Hershberg founded Wiltshire Pantry in 1989 and has since led it to become one of Louisville's premier caterers. In the latter years of that 28-year stretch, she's opened Wiltshire on Market in Nulu, Wiltshire Bakery & Cafe in the Highlands, and Wiltshire at the Speed, a cafe and catering operation located in the Speed Art Museum.
Chad Coulter is a pharmacist turned entrepreneur and restaurateur. Along with his wife Lauren, he first opened Uptown Art, a “paint and sip” concept, which has two locations in the Louisville area. The couple recently sold Uptown Art to focus on expanding LouVino, their wine-focused "small plates" restaurant. LouVino has two locations in Louisville and one in Fishers, Indiana.
Moderator Steve Coomes is a former Louisville chef turned restaurant and spirits writer. He has written for and edited dozens of national and international trade and lifestyle publications, and has worked as a ghostwriter for multiple business leaders. He is the author of two books, and the co-owner of Eat Drink Talk, a Louisville restaurant and bar news website and podcast.
Venture Connectors’ luncheon meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month (with the exception of March and July in 2017) at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting runs from noon-1:15 p.m. Members attend free; associate members pay $30. Guests who register online by noon the day before the lunch pay only $40.
Click here to register. We hope to see you March 8!
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Muhammad Ali Center
144 N.Sixth St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 584-9254
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