Awards & Accolades

Local and National:

  • “40 under 40” award recipient, Business First
  • 2008 “Woman Business Owner of Distinction,” National Association of Women Business Owners
  • 2012 “Most Admired Woman” finalist, Today’s Woman Magazine
  • Featured in Louisville Courier-Journal, Prep Magazine, The Voice Tribune, Business First, Today’s Woman, StyleBlueprint and Southern Living

Estes has also received national awards from:

  • Public Relations Society of America
  • International Association of Business Communicators
  • Hospitality, Sales and Marketing Association International
  • Kentucky Tourism Council
  • Junior League of Louisville
  • Ohio Travel Association

Professional & Community Affiliations:

  • Les Dames d’Esscofier International
  • James Beard Foundation
  • Southern Foodways Alliance
  • Younger Woman’s Club of Louisville
  • Junior League of Louisville
  • University of Kentucky Alumni Association Board Member, Louisville Chapter
  • Heuser Hearing Institute Board of Directors
  • Mayor Greg Fischer’s Task Force on Bourbon and Food
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals
  • International Foodservice Editorial Council
  • Bourbon Women
  • The Hive (an elite group of women business owners, who’ve created a strategic alliance offering conference and meeting planning, event development, on-site production, hotel logistics, graphic design, public relations, database coordination, corporate sponsorship solicitation, vendor negotiation, travel coordination and trade show management)