California native now cooks in the Bluegrass
What sort of chef prefers Kentucky’s food to California’s?
Gwyn Artz, below, the chef-owner of County Seat Kitchen & Bar in Lebanon. “The produce in Kentucky—the bourbon, the ham—tastes so much better than any place I’ve ever lived,” says the California native.
When she opened her restaurant in July, she aimed to use as many local ingredients as possible. In addition, the cozy restaurant has a stage area for local talent, and additional banquet room for local group events.
“I just love everything about Kentucky,” Gwyn says. “The people here are just so fabulous and the little town of Lebanon is crazy and weird and I love it.”
Kitchen Bar, as Gwyn calls it, is located at 201 North Depot Street, Lebanon; www.countyseatky.com; Facebook: County Seat Kitchen & Bar; (270) 321-4301. Open Wednesday–Saturday 4 p.m.–close, Sunday brunch 11 a.m.–2 p.m.