Food Network’s Bobby Flay to create ‘Kentucky-themed’ dessert

FRANKFORT, Ky.— Bobby Flay, a premier chef on the Food Network, has signed on to create a Kentucky-themed dessert to be served at the Kentucky Mansion Celebration Preview Gala which will take place Sep. 18, 2009, at 7 p.m.

Flay, a horse owner and avid horse-racing and thoroughbred fan, immediately volunteered to contribute to this event upon learning that partial proceeds from the gala will benefit his favorite of Kentucky’s historic icons, the horse. The Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC) located in Nicholasville, Ky., will use a percentage of the funds toward their mission of finding homes for horses in precarious situations.

Flay is a critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur, award-winning cookbook author and television personality. Since his Food Network debut in 1996, Flay has continuously hosted programs that bring cooking tips and information on American regional fare to a national audience.

Although the dessert hasn’t been created yet, Flay has hinted that it will represent and reflect the ‘flavors’ of Kentucky.

“I’m thrilled that Mr. Flay has agreed to create a ‘Kentucky-themed’ dessert for the gala,” said Margaret Jewett, owner of L.V. Harkness & Company and co-vice president of the KyEHC Board of Directors. “This gala will celebrate the culmination of months of planning and hard work by designers and supporters of the Old Governor’s Mansion revitalization. Bobby Flay appreciates how important history and horses are to Kentucky, so his involvement is a wonderful addition to this incredibly worthwhile project. We’re all looking forward to seeing – and tasting – what he creates,” she said.

The Preview Gala will be held in honor of the completed renovation of the Old Governor’s Mansion. Gala guests will be among the first invited to tour the newly renovated mansion, and afterward, guests will be invited to dine under a dramatically-decorated tent on a Kentucky-Proud dinner orchestrated by Wayne Masterman, owner of Frankfort’s Serafini and Lexington’s Portofino and Summit restaurants.

The gala will be the highlight of a week-long celebration of events including a First Ladies’ Luncheon, Brunch in the Garden with renowned garden planner and rooftop garden designer Jon Carloftis and a Governors’ Barbeque and Unbridled Spirits. The renovation and events will be done through private and in-kind donations. No public funds will be used in the renovation or the gala celebration.

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About the Kentucky Mansion Celebration

The Kentucky Mansion Celebration concept originated out of the shared concern of First Lady Jane Beshear and former First Lady Phyllis George for the vacant mansion, and in preparation for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The renovation will be funded through private and in-kind donations. Public resources will not be used in the make-over or the gala celebration. Once complete, the Mansion will be re-opened to the public and used as a guest house and meeting facility for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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