Horse racing on a race trackChef Summit: September 21-23, 2021 in Louisville, KYGlass of whiskey

The inaugural CMAA Chef Summit is designed specifically for club chefs to advance and develop their club leadership, finance, and governance acumen. Indulge in all that Louisville has to offer including visits to several veritable bastions of Kentucky hospitality:

  • Maker's Mark Distillery
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery
  • Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby and thoroughbred racing
  • The Louisville Thoroughbred Society, the city’s newest private club that features unique experiences for the thoroughbred enthusiast
  • Big Spring Country Club, offering a rich history of dining, championship golf, unparalleled swimming and tennis facilities, fellowship, and camaraderie among its members for almost 90 years

Let’s learn, taste, and toast together, September 21-23!

Presented in partnership with Club Procure with additional support provided by Sysco, ChefWorks, and Smithfield



The Chef Summit is now full! Please send an email to to be placed on the waitlist.


6:00 p.m.
Registration & Check-In at Louisville Thoroughbred Society

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception at the Louisville Thoroughbred Society

7:15 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Depart for Big Spring Country Club

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Cost Volume-Profit Analysis
Ryan Bender, Food and Beverage Director, Country Club of Virginia

Competency Areas: Food and Beverage/Accounting and Finance
Laptop/tablet needed for this session

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Short Break

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Securing and Sourcing Top Talent
Betsy Gregory, Director of Team Engagement, Congressional Country Club

Competency Area: Human and Professional Resources

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Short Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Effective House Committee Meetings, Pre-shift Meetings, Handling Difficult Conversations
Tom Wallace, CCM, CCE, Partner, Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace; Annette Whitley

Competency Area: Governance

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m.
Depart for Maker’s Mark Distillery

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tour of Maker’s Mark Distillery and Education Session: BBQ Master—Smoking Three Different Methods
Chef Tripp Rion

Competency Areas: Food & Beverage/Leadership

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Return to Hotel

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Depart for Buffalo Trace

Breakfast on the bus

8:30 a.m. –
9:30 a.m.
Valuing, Promoting, Retaining, and Cultivating Culture
Carmen Mauceri, CCM, The Club at Mediterra

Competency Area: Leadership

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Short Break

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Organizational Structure
Moderator Carmen Mauceri, CCM; Chef Laura Herman; Chef Jimmy Terry, CEC; Tom Birmingham, CEC, Executive Chef at Ruth Lake CC; Randy Ruder, CCM, CCE, GM at Beach Point Club

Competency Areas: Food and Beverage/Governance

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Short Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tour and Tasting at Buffalo Trace Distillery

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Depart for Churchill Downs

Snacks on the bus

2:00 p.m. –
3:00 p.m.
Lunch and Education Session: Trends vs. Past
Moderator Cam Schultz, Club Procure,

Competency Area: Leadership
Featuring round-table discussions on Purchasing, Inventory, Organizational Structure, Menu/recipe Formation

3:00 p.m. –
4:00 p.m.
Mindfulness for Leaders
Shelly Sowell, M.Ed., LPCC

Competency Areas: Leadership/Interpersonal Skills

4:00 p.m. –
5:00 p.m.
Churchill Downs Museum

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday Night Twilight Races, Food Trucks, & Entertainment at Churchill Downs

8:00 p.m.
Depart for Hotel

Important Information

Housing Deadline: September 6

Fun meets Southern Hospitality at the Moxy Louisville Downtown. Located on historic Whiskey Row, you'll be steps from world-famous distilleries and late-night hot spots, perfect for bourbon fans and cocktail connoisseurs. Your smart room at Moxy offers you all the tech comfort you need, including an LED TV, USB outlets, and, of course, furiously fast and free Wi-Fi.

CMAA has arranged for a special rate of $174 plus applicable taxes. Check-in time is after 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 noon.

CMAA makes every effort to keep attendee expenses at this event including registration fees and accommodation rates for the event as economical as possible. We work diligently to negotiate the best hotel rates and to make the best use of your registration dollars to keep the Conference affordable and accessible.

CMAA encourages all participants to reserve a room at the host property; this supports not only the Conference, but also future meetings. While in some instances, less expensive accommodations may be available from third party online consolidators, booking within CMAA’s established block helps to underwrite the cost of meeting space and other hotel concessions. When commitments to our host property are not met, CMAA must pay penalties which will ultimately increase the cost of events.

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All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by the individual whose name appears on the registration. To be valid, submit all requests to CMAA Registration. No refunds will be made after Wednesday, September 1. CMAA regrets that refunds will not be given for no-shows. Substitutions are gladly accepted; substitutions of registrations are permitted prior to the event. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the substitution. Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.

CMAA is monitoring the current COVID-19 and Delta variant situation and continues to work closely with our venues to work toward providing a safer environment for attendees during our event.

CMAA will adhere to all local regulations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for all of our events, including the Chef Summit.

Below are the key points for attendees at the CMAA Chef Summit

  • CMAA has mandated the use of masks in all indoor settings, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. Attendees should be prepared to comply with the indoor mask mandate.
  • Attendance at the Chef Summit is voluntary. By attending, attendees assume all risks and accepts sole responsibility for any injury (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that attendee may experience or incur in connection with attending the Summit. By registering for the event, attendee hereby releases, covenants not to sue, discharges, and holds harmless CMAA, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from any such claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto.
  • Specifically relating to the global COVID-19 pandemic, attendee acknowledges the highly contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assumes the risk of exposure or infection by attending the Summit, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, disability, and/or death to attendee. Attendee understands that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at the Summit may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of others who may attend the event or their families, colleagues, or others with whom they may have contact. Accordingly, attendee understands and agrees that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of CMAA, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in the Summit.
  • All people planning to attend should be mindful of their health status and should not travel to the event if they have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for their COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Additionally, CMAA recommends all attendees familiarize themselves and comply with travel guidelines issued by the CDC when traveling to/from Louisville, KY.
  • During the event, all attendees should abide by and engage in appropriate health and safety conduct including, but not limited to, posted signs, placards, and verbal requests, wearing masks properly, engaging in physical distancing as appropriate, and engaging in hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Onsite, if an attendee develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, they should immediately seek medical assistance and notify event organizers.

Based on current contact tracing advice from health authorities, if you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after the event, please notify CMAA via email at and all others applicable.

Any changes to these policies will be communicated promptly to all attendees.

CMAA is dedicated to providing a safe, hospitable, inclusive, and productive environment for all participants at CMAA Events. CMAA has established minimum expectations of behavior for participants at all CMAA. Please review the policy. It is intended to supplement any other applicable CMAA policies, including the CMAA Code of Conduct and Ethics.