1412 St. James Ct. (Karan Chavis & Craig Blakley)
Join us for a truly unique dining experience at the home of Karan Chavis & Craig Blakley on historic St. James Ct., just steps away from the fountain. Your reservation is free of charge and the night includes a reception, gourmet meal, great company and the chance to help your hosts reach their goal to raise as much financial support as possible for the University of Louisville’s LGBT Center. This means your entire gift for the evening is tax-deductible and goes directly to help the Center support LGBT students!
The chefs for 1412 St. James Court are D'mytrek Brown and Shaun Chavis.
Shaun trained in Culinary Arts at Boston University where she also received a Masters Degree in Gastronomy. She's worked on food literary projects that have received national recognition, including Cooking Light Mad Delicious, which won the 2015 James Beard Award for Focus on Health, and The Carb Lovers Diet, which spent 12 weeks on the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers list in 2010. She worked as a food editor for Health magazine and a cookbook development editor for Time Inc. Books, and in broadcast journalism for ABC News/The Walt Disney Company.
Shaun is a former instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta, and she is a founding member of Les Dames D’Escoffier: Birmingham, Alabama chapter. She currently owns Saltshaker Marketing, a boutique agency in Atlanta that creates cookbooks and other culinary content and marketing strategies for food, wellness, and tourism companies.
For Dining at the Mansions 2018, Shaun will co-create an evening of culinary delight in partnership with chef D'mytrek Brown. D'mytrek is currently a food stylist based in Atlanta, and has been a professional chef for 25 years. You have no doubt seen his work in television, video, and print media as he counts Whole Foods, Food & Wine, Southern Living, Cooking Light, Delta Airlines, and Coca-Cola among his many clients. As a chef, he's cooked for celebrities such as Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Muhammad Ali, and Laurence Fishburne. He's a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.
Returning to Louisville from Napa wine country for his second year of Dining at the Mansions, is Dan Blakely. Dan is a winemaker at Trefethen Vineyards. He attended UC Davis where he obtained a degree in Viticulture and Enology. Dan has worked at the famed Schramsberg Vineyards, and Red Tail Ridge in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Dan will partner with Shaun and D'mytrek to create wine pairings to compliment each course of the meal, including some wine selections that are not readily available in the Louisville market!
1412 St. James will offer vegan and non-vegan meal options.
"Dining at the Mansions is such a fun event and a chance to have an elegant meal in Louisville’s most beautiful mansions, but it’s so much more than that. To me, it’s our community coming together to wrap its arms around LGBT young people and make sure that they have the support and resources they need to be successful. It’s everything I love about our compassionate city."
— Brian Buford, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Executive Director of the LGBT Center