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Bluegrass Ball showcases Kentucky Proud


Chef Ouita Michel will use Kentucky-made foods at inaugural event


For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
For more information contact:
Angela Blank
(502) 573-0450


FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s farmers and food producers will have a seat at the table – rather, on the table – at the Bluegrass Ball tonight in Washington.

“We’re Kentucky Proud of our agriculture industry, and we take advantage of every opportunity to show off Kentucky’s wonderful foods to a national audience,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “We’re deeply grateful to Ouita Michel, one of Kentucky Proud’s earliest and most dedicated champions, for incorporating so many Kentucky foods into her menu.”

Kentucky Proud items that will be served at the Bluegrass Ball include:

  • Broadbent’s B&B Foods country ham
  • Crigger Farm bourbon creamed honey
  • Boone Creek Creamery Kentucky Derby cheddar cheese
  • Louisville Fish Company smoked catfish
  • Weisenberger Mill flours
  • Kentucky Beef Hemp Dawgs
  • Wallace Station bourbon mustard
  • Spotz Gelato
  • Sugar Fashion Cakes chocolate dipped shortbread cookies
  • Midway Bakery chocolate bourbon pecan squares

Michel is co-owner and executive chef of Holly Hill Inn in Midway and also owns Midway Bakery and Wallace Station in Midway as well as Windy Corner Market and Smithtown Seafood in Lexington. Michel is chef-in-residence at Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles.

The Bluegrass Ball is a celebration of the presidential inauguration by The Kentucky Society of Washington in partnership with the National Conference of State Societies. The 2017 ball is sold out.

For more information about the ball and The Kentucky Society of Washington, go to