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Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel

Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel

Renee Shaw talks with restaurateur and culinary artist Ouita Michel about her first cookbook, Just a Few Miles South: Timeless Recipes from Our Favorite Places, which features some favorite recipes of her restaurant patrons.
S16 E30 Length 27:56 Premiere: 6.6.21

Creating a Community of Delicious, Locally Sourced Dining in Central Kentucky

It’s been 20 years since Ouita Michel opened her first restaurant. The Holly Hill Inn in the Woodford County community of Midway has won rave reviews for fine dining creations crafted from locally sourced meats and produce.

Now Michel operates six restaurants around the Lexington area, ranging from the upscale to the down home but all with a distinctly Kentucky flair. She’s also just released her first cookbook, Just a Few Miles South: Timeless Recipes from Our Favorite Places, that features some of the recipes that have become patron favorites at her establishments.

“It’s the story of all the hundreds of hands that have made these recipes over the past 15 years at these five or six restaurants,” Michel says. “It’s a story of a community and every good restaurant is its own community.”

Although she helped pioneer the farm-to-table philosophy in the Bluegrass, Michel didn’t start with the goal of changing the culinary scene of her home state. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Michel went to New York, where she trained at the Culinary Institute of America. As she studied about French and Italian foods, she learned about their long traditions of relying on local agricultural products

Back in Kentucky, Michel found worked as chef for Dudley’s, a long-time Lexington fixture. But she hadn’t quite shaken the big-city attitude she picked up while in training.

“For a long time I didn’t consider myself a Kentucky chef,” she says. “I thought everything had to be evaluated against this New York standard.”

Making the Invisible Visible

But after a family illness, Michel says she realized she wanted to create her own community and be a chef who was of and by Kentucky. She knew the commonwealth had plenty of family farms growing incredible produce, not unlike the French and Italian food artisans she learned about in school. But what she lacked was a venue.

Then she and her husband found a 19th-century stone and brick building on a rise overlooking Midway.

“When I saw the Holly Hill Inn and its locale… I just felt like it could come to fruition here in central Kentucky,” says Michel. “We have tons of small farmers growing incredible produce all around us.”

Multiple James Beard Foundation Award nominations have followed for Michel, as well as glowing writeups in Southern Living, the New York Times, and other publications.

Her success with Holly Hill Inn allowed her to open the Wallace Station sandwich shop in rural Woodford County, Smithtown Seafood and Zim’s Cafe in Lexington, Windy Corner Market in northern Fayette County, and the Midway Bakery and Cafe. To supply her restaurants, Michel purchases as much locally sourced food as possible – about $3 million worth (and counting) of Kentucky-raised meats, fruits and vegetables, and dairy products. Instead of simply enjoying a meal at one of her tables, Michel wants diners to consider how that food got there.

“I’m always trying to make the invisible visible,” she says. “We want to get you to stop and think about all the people that participated in making this bread, making this pimento cheese, curing this country ham, putting it all together and presenting it to you.”

‘Food Is Love’

It also took a small community to produce Michel’s new cookbook. Genie Graf, who works for Michel, and Sara Gibbs, a fellow chef, helped compile and edit the book. Lexington tattoo artist Brenna Flannery, who is the fiancé of Holly Hill Inn Executive Chef Tyler McNabb, created the illustrations. And Kentucky author Silas House wrote the foreword.

Just a Few Miles South is a tour of Kentucky and a praise song for place,” writes House. “It’s a meditation on the importance of food in our lives and the importance of being a good neighbor in ways big and small.”

The book guides readers through a taste-tempting collection of sandwiches and burgers, soups and salads, and desserts. The prose, like Michel’s work, is built around two basic philosophies: That food is love, and if you enjoy the process of making it, it will taste delicious.

“Sometimes we get lost in the expertise of cooking,” she says. “I say this to young chefs all the time in the kitchen, ‘You’re not the first person to have made cornbread, you’re not the first person making this food… so don’t worry so much.”

Among the 150 recipes in the book, Michel does have her favorites. There’s buttermilk cornbread, and cheese-based spreads like pimento cheese, bourbon white cheddar spread, and Benedictine. She’s also partial to the Cold Turkey Rachel (a variation on the classic Reuben sandwich) and lemon bars.

“I love lemon everything,” Michel says. “I put lemon almost on everything right before it goes out the [kitchen] door. I feel like it balances salt, it sparks flavor.”

Surviving the Pandemic

Like many small business owners, Michel struggled to keep her restaurants afloat in the face of COVID-19 closures and restrictions. Early in the pandemic, she says she decided to trust her instincts about what was right and follow the guidance issued by Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack.

“In situations like this when you’re a small businessperson, you need certainty,” Michel says, “and the only thing that I felt that was certain was this science and medical data, and the daily press release of that information to us as citizens.”

Even as the pandemic has abated, the challenges continue. Just a few weeks ago, Michel’s Smithtown Seafood in Lexington closed for two days after a kitchen employee who doesn’t interact with customers tested positive for COVID. The restaurant announced the incident on its Facebook page, saying the temporary closure would allow time for all employees to get tested and the premises to be fully sanitized.

“We made commitment from day one that we’ll be open, we’re going to be as transparent with our guests and our employees as we possibly can be,” she says.

In the end, Michel she was able to keep her employees working throughout the pandemic.

“We brought all these little bad-boy restaurants through,” she says.

But Michel is concerned about the wider impacts of COVID on the food scene. She worries about the skilled food service workers who lost jobs and may never return. She also says the pandemic shuttered many smaller, independently owned restaurants in some communities leaving only the big chains open. The trick now, she says, is to nurture the mom-and-pops that did survive and figure out how to bring the ones that closed back to life.

As for her own future, Michel already has a second cookbook in the works that will focus on menus and recipes from Holly Hill Inn, which she hopes that will be out in two years. And she will continue to promote her philosophies around community and food.

“In modern-day professional cooking, we’ve made it into like a factory job… It’s a grind, it’s seven days a week, it’s the same thing all the time,” she continues. “We’re not doing that, and showing instead how being a chef can be part of being an artist and a craftsperson at the same time.”

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Leadership - Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams; Colene Elridge - S12 E38

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Patricia Peacock - S12 E30

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Kentucky Authors - Prisha Hedau; Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard

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Cory Jewell Jensen - S12 E18

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David Thompson - S12 E11

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Mitzi Sinnott - S12 E3

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FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf - S12 E2

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Phil Wilkins - S11 E43

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Christopher 2X

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Tameka Montgomery - S11 E42

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Dominique Wilkins - S11 E41

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Gary Tuggle - S11 E40

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Dr. Leana Wen - S11 E39

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Terrence Walton - S11 E38

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Sarah Taylor Vanover - Early Childhood Education

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack - S11 E37

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Kimberly Johnson - S11 E36

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Jason Merrick - S11 E35

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Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court - S11 E34

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Dr. Lynne Saddler - S11 E33

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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

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Cynthia Knapek

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Scott Hesseltine - S11 E32

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Jessie Laine Powell - S11 E31

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Season 16 Episodes

Psychologist Julie Cerel

S16 E31 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 6.13.21

Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel

S16 E30 Length 27:56 Premiere Date 6.6.21

Sarah Taylor Vanover - Early Childhood Education

S16 E29 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 5.16.21

A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

S16 E28 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 5.9.21

Cynthia Knapek of Louisville Leadership Center

S16 E27 Length 27:35 Premiere Date 5.1.21

Vaccine Equity and Hesitancy

S16 E26 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 4.24.21

State Treasurer Allison Ball and Sharon Price

S16 E25 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 4.18.21

Chef and Activist Dan Wu

S16 E24 Length 27:52 Premiere Date 4.11.21

EKU Criminal Justice Professor Pete Kraska

S16 E23 Length 28:00 Premiere Date 4.3.21

The Rise of Anti-Asian Violence

S16 E22 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 3.28.21

Authors Prisha Hedau, Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard

S16 E21 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 3.21.21

Charles Booker

S16 E20 Length 28:27 Premiere Date 3.14.21

Mental Health and COVID-19

S16 E19 Length 28:39 Premiere Date 2.14.21

Community Activist Christopher 2X

S16 E18 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 2.7.21

Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Keith Jackson

S16 E17 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 1.31.21

A Mission to End Institutional Racism in Kentucky

S16 E16 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 1.24.21

Celebrating the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County

S16 E15 Length 28:33 Premiere Date 1.17.21

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman

S16 E14 Length 27:06 Premiere Date 1.10.21

Caroline Randall Williams

S16 E13 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 12.20.20

Amy Luttrell and Adria Johnson

S16 E12 Length 28:12 Premiere Date 12.13.20

Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass

S16 E11 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11.22.20

Louisville Metro Police Interim Chief Yvette Gentry

S16 E10 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 11.15.20

Jecorey Arthur and Quintez Brown

S16 E9 Length 27:31 Premiere Date 11.8.20

Terrance Sullivan

S16 E8 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11.1.20

2020 Election Preview with Colmon Elridge and Tres Watson

S16 E7 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 10.25.20

Beth Howard and Michael Harrington; Devine Carama

S16 E6 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 10.18.20

Nana Ama Aya Bullock and Muriel Harris

S16 E5 Length 28:26 Premiere Date 10.11.20

Betsy Johnson, Saundra Ardrey

S16 E4 Length 28:41 Premiere Date 10.4.20

Fabian Alvarez, Leyda Becker and Mercedes Harn

S16 E3 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 9.27.20

Devine Carama; Marjorie Guyon and Barry Darnell Burton

S16 E2 Length 28:46 Premiere Date 9.20.20

Marsha Weinstein

S16 E1 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 9.11.20

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