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Sonny's BBQ to serve Kentucky Proud foods Nov. 24


For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
For more information contact:
Ted Sloan
(502) 564-1138


NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – Sonny’s BBQ in Nicholasville will serve locally sourced meats on Tuesday, Nov. 24, in partnership with the University of Kentucky and The Chop Shop of Wolfe County.

All pork and ribs Sonny’s serves on Nov. 24 will be sourced from UK and processed by The Chop Shop. Sonny’s will serve Kentucky Proud beef brisket and hamburgers from The Chop Shop, a family-owned and -operated meat processor that serves livestock producers in eastern Kentucky. The Chop Shop is a charter member of Appalachia Proud, a brand that Agriculture Commissioner James Comer launched in 2014 to designate farm products from 37 eastern Kentucky counties.

“We’re grateful to Sonny’s BBQ for giving their customers the opportunity to try great local foods and help the local economy,” said Kristen Branscum, executive director of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s marketing office. “This event is what Kentucky Proud is all about – a locally owned restaurant providing Kentucky-raised food from just down the road. We also are pleased to see that the Appalachia Proud brand is becoming an effective marketing tool for our eastern Kentucky producers.”

“Sonny’s has been doing business in Kentucky for 28 years, and the people here have been good to Sonny’s and to my family,” Sonny’s co-owner Rick Thomas said. “We’re always looking for ways to give back, and supporting local producers is one way we can do that.”

Sonny’s BBQ in Nicholasville is located at 109 North Plaza Drive. The Nov. 24 event will be Sonny’s BBQ’s fifth Kentucky Proud event this year.

Kentucky Proud is the official state brand for foods grown, raised, and/or produced in Kentucky by Kentuckians. More than 4,000 farmers, processors, retailers, restaurants, school districts, colleges and universities, farmers’ markets, Kentucky state parks, and Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Markets are members of Kentucky Proud. For more information on Kentucky Proud, go to

To find out more about Appalachia Proud, go to