Our goal is to find new and creative ways to influence our restaurant culture in ways that will have a lasting impact.  This is a collective initiative and one that we are proud of.  
Mentor and creative director for programming and guidance


Edward has been living in Louisville since 2003 and has 3 restaurants in Louisville – 610 Magnolia, MilkWood and Whiskey Dry and he is the Culinary Director for Succotash in DC and Maryland.  He is a multiple finalist for the James Beard Foundation Best Chef Award, Host of Mind of a Chef Season 3 and author of best-selling cookbook Smoke and Pickles(2013)and Buttermilk Graffiti (2018).  Chef Lee has been working with Louisville’s youth for years.  

Managing Director of The Chef LEE Initiative


Lindsey has been GM and Wine Director of 610 Magnolia for over 2 years.  Her passion for food and drink is woven through her life, both professionally and personally. Her experience ranges from farming and distribution to both the front and the back of the house.  She has devoted years of tireless work in the local food community including work with Grasshoppers Distribution, Slow Foods Bluegrass, and Buy Local First.


Our board consists of Lindsey, Edward and other select members of the restaurant community in Louisville who believe strongly not only in the excellence of food and service but also in the need for constantly improving the social standards of our industry.


This is the first year of The LEE Initiative and though we are a small non-profit, we have plans and ambitions to grow into a company that inspires and creates a change for the better.  


Lindsey Ofcacek is the Managing Director of The LEE Initiative.  Chef Lee will act as mentor and creative director for programming and guidance.  But every member of our restaurant company staff is dedicated to these programs and they all contribute in some way.