THE DUPREE CATERING +EVENTS TEAM
Meet our extraordinary group of talented planners and chefs
OWNER / MANAGER
Sarah Thompson Fitzgerald serves as the business manager and event coordinator for Dupree Catering + Events. Sarah, a Kentucky native, attended Lexington's Sayre School, Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, and UK majoring in Economics. She learned many aspects of the catering business from Dupree’s founder Harriet Dupree Bradley, who was a motivating mentor. Sarah is passionate about the catering profession and has had a love of cuisine since helping her mother cook, cater, and set "pretty" tables at a young age. During her 17 year tenure at Dupree Catering, she has seen the business grow in exciting new ways from working with Harriet’s meal preparation service Entrée Vous to the merger with the Azur Food Group in 2014. Sarah is excited to apply her years of experience to your next event.
Amanda Henderson serves as a Lead Event Coordinator for Dupree Catering + Events. Amanda has worked in the food service industry for over 20 years with a background in corporate and fine dining. She began in hospitality management in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Lexington in 2001 to train managers and employees in corporate restaurants throughout the KY and OH region. In 2006, she met Chef Jeremy Ashby and began working with the close knit community of Azur Restaurant & Patio where she furthered her love for fine dining and gracious service. She catered many private events with Azur Catering and not long after Azur and Dupree Catering merged, she moved into full time event coordination working with owner Tom Evans. Amanda has coordinated nearly every kind of event there is – from weddings to corporate and political functions to private home parties – and she would love the opportunity to cater your next event too!
Ginna Nilest Matson not only serves as a lead event coordinator but she also recruits and trains all of our front of house staff. Originally from Louisville, Ginna started her love affair with food watching the Food Network while cooking with her dad and helping her brother’s small catering company. Ginna attended Transylvania University and holds dual BA degrees in Hospitality and Theatre. She is also pursing her Masters Degree from the University of Kentucky in Retailing and Tourism Management. Ginna worked her way through the ranks of Dupree - first starting as a server and quickly moving up to bartender, captain, floor manager and now full time event coordinator for the past several years. Ginna is a self proclaimed “people pleaser” and “foodie” - checking out the Lexington food scene as much as possible with her husband, Andrew. Her excitement for food and problem-solving nature would be a great addition to your next event!
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Heather joined The Mane on Main and Dupree Catering + Events in May of 2017. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Communication Studies Degree. She has since worked in different areas of the event industry; beginning her career in Nashville with a music marketing firm. She then moved to Lexington and has worked managing large venues and as an event planner. Heather has managed many types of events – weddings, corporate events, concerts, fundraisers and more; developing great experience in coordination, marketing, sales and staff management. "I am so excited about this venue; there is nothing like it in Lexington! The view, combined with the service and food by Dupree Catering + Events, will make every event here memorable for clients and guests." - Heather
Growing up in Bourbon Co. Jane learned a love for cooking on her mother’s apron strings. Chef Jane Thompson is a Kentucky native. She has been a devoted employee of Dupree Catering and Events for the past 11 years, Executive Chef for the past 5. Chef Janey (as her staff lovingly refers to her) attained a culinary degree from Sullivan University graduating Magna Cum Laude. Janey enhanced her culinary skills by working in different restaurants throughout the bluegrass region including; Dudley’s, The Village Idiot and Proof on Main in Louisville. She is also dedicated to using locally sourced food and green products. During her time as Executive Chef, she helped Dupree Catering and Events became the first caterer in Kentucky to receive a 2 Star certification by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) and one of only 13 caterers in the United States to be certified. Chef Janey loves to tie in her southern roots with flavors and techniques picked up from her experiences elsewhere to provide a traditional and eclectic food experiences for our guests.
Halida started in the food business when she was 18 years old in Bosnia & Herzegovina, where she also studied Food & Nutrition. She emigrated to the United States in 2000, where she gained more experience in baking and management services. Halida has been the Sous Chef with several other companies before she began her job as Pastry Chef with Dupree Catering + Events in 2015. Halida has a master touch with baked goods and you are sure to enjoy her delicious offerings - made fresh from scratch every day.