LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lucie Slone Meyers was a cuisine pioneer who left her mark in the Lexington community.
The long-time chef lost her battle with lung cancer. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Meyers died Wednesday at her home at the age of 68.
Wanted. Welcome. Those are word diners used to describe Meyers' restaurants. She ran the colorful downtown restaurant, a la Lucie, for more than 30 years before it closed in 2015. Just recently, she opened the Red Light Kitchen and Lounge.
She helped others, like Chef Jonathan Lundy, launch their careers.
"Lucie was pretty much my culinary mother. Spent five or six years working for her. She loved what she did. She was always full of creativity and energy, and she was Lexington's first celebrity chef," Lundy remarked. "She would do anything for anybody and take on extra prep, extra menu items just to keep making people happy."
"I grew up in this town, and even when I was young the concepts like Pacific Pearl, what she does was just way ahead of her time. She was such a trailblazer," said Chef Jeremy Ashby.
In addition to creating her own trail, Meyers inspired others.
"Her being a woman chef really opened up my eyes to what my career possibilities would be when I was younger, coming up in the early 80s. She was one-of-a-kind," said Chef Ouita Michael. "You think about that one little restaurant on that corner, how much did it do for Lexington? It showed the whole community what food could really be, what a restaurant could be, the conviviality, the hospitality, the creativity, the diversity that she embraced."
Milward's Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements. The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 11 AM to 2:30 PM, Milward-Broadway, followed by a Celebration of Lucie’s Life at 2:30 PM. Interment will be at the Lexington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hope Center.