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    The Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of Meeting Professionals International will present the Battle of the Best “A Culinary Experience”, Thursday, October 25, 2007 at the Brown & Williamson Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.  Festivities will begin at 5:00p.m. at the club located at 2800 South Floyd Street, Louisville, KY.  Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.    The event is a fundraiser for a Sullivan University hospitality scholarship. 

    The event features around an iron-chef style chef challenge where area chefs compete to be named the Best of the Best.  Sullivan University hospitality students assist the chefs as prep and sous chefs.  The chefs participating in the challenge are Matthew Purzycki of L& N Wine Bar and Bistro, Michael Hargrove, Primo, Chris Howerton, of Corbett’s Restaurant.  A panel of celebrity judges will select the winning chef including Kirby Adams, WHAS-TV News; the Honorable Jerry J. Bowles, Jefferson County Family Court Judge; Kelly K., of the Peter B. and Kelly K. Show, 99.7 WDJX; Stan Curtis, Founder, USA Harvest and KY Harvest/Sr. VP Hilliard Lyons; Robert Granberg, Gordon Food Service (GFS) Executive Chef; Shannon Byrne, President, Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of Meeting Professionals International; and a  member of the audience will be chosen at the event. 

    The audience will participate in the event by sampling and choosing the winners of the Best Martini, Best Catering Culinary Presentation and the Best Catering Cuisine.  The caterers participating in the event include: The Brown Hotel, Centerplate Catering, Chardeaus Classic Catering, Consumers Choice Coffee, Hyatt Regency Louisville, Kentucky State Parks, Masterpiece Creations, Louisville Marriott Downtown, University Club and Juleps Catering.  Area bartenders from Equus Restaurant, Park Place on Main, L&N Wine Bar and Bistro and Primo will be mixing their best martini using Finlandia’s Grapefruit Fusion Vodka. 

    The event is produced by the Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, a group of hospitality and hospitality service providers dedicated to personal and professional development of its members and to building a rich global meeting industry community.  Meeting Professionals International has over 22,000 members in 65 countries. 

    For more information, contact Tina Scott at 859-622-2535 or at

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