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!
Warner Kuhl is an Event Coordinator with Dupree Catering + Events. He graduated with a B.A. from Furman University in Psychology and an M.B.A. from East Tennessee State University. Upon completion of his MBA Warner interned at Yum! Brands, in Louisville, KY focusing on employee experience and satisfaction. Following Yum! Warner moved to upstate NY where he worked in the field of customer relations and finance. In 2011 Warner made the move to Lexington and began his career with Dupree. When he first began catering, Warner served as the Event Manager for our daily food service to the employees of Big Ass Fans. Now he coordinates all kinds of events — from corporate functions to weddings to private home parties and more. How can he help you plan your next event?
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
A native Lexingtonian, Jason graduated from Henry Clay High School and studied accounting at the University of Kentucky. He worked in local restaurants for 25 years, serving 9 years as a sous chef before coming to Dupree Catering + Events in 2013. Jason also served as our Sous Chef before transitioning to be our Operations Manager - a role he is uniquely suited for with his knowledge of event needs, organizational skills and attention to detail.
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.