We at Jeptha Creed Distillery are delighted to announce that former Wiltshire Pantry Executive Chef Jonathan Exum has joined the distillery team as our new Food and Beverage Manager.
Jonathan is originally from Elizabethtown, Kentucky but studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Since returning to Kentucky, he’s worked a few places in the Louisville restaurant scene: popular spots like Proof on Main and El Mundo, before joining the team at Wiltshire on Market. He was Executive Chef there for five years, before taking management of Wiltshire’s catering division. In that role he worked very closely with the Wiltshire’s beverage directors on menus, but cocktails and flavor pairings have always been a part of the job.
What drew him to Jeptha Creed? It’s no surprise: he liked our products! Though he’s typically a bourbon drinker, he bought and tried some of our vodka and was blown away. He loved the sweetness and nectar-like consistency. Jeptha Creed’s story, history, and ground-to-glass philosophy was also a big draw. At Wiltshire Pantry, he had been sourcing local, sustainable ingredients for nearly a decade, so moving into the distillery world through Jeptha Creed made perfect sense.
Now, he’s wasting no time making his mark on our bar and restaurant menu. From sourcing sustainably raised meats to local tomatoes for sandwiches, our new fall menu will focus on pure, high-quality ingredients and old-fashioned, homestyle foods. The menu includes classics like the Roman Chicken Salad and Fried Bologna sandwiches, plus Chef’s personal favorite, the Creed Cheese Steak, with shaved ribeye, sautéed onions and peppers, and beer cheese all on a crunchy Cuban Roll. You can view the new menu he has created here!
Jonathan is also working on the new fall cocktail menu, which will feature some classics, like the Pumpkin-Tini and the Apple Shakeup, alongside some new fresh and refreshing fall flavors: a new house Tonic made with Earl Grey Tea, lemongrass, citrus, and juniper berry and a Pumpkin Spice Latte slushy are the perfect way to enjoy fall flavors in the unseasonably warm weather.
Here at Jeptha Creed we’re always improving, so make sure to swing by the distillery soon and sample our delicious updated offerings!