On this edition of Bourbon South, Chase Parham and Steve Thomason sit down with Emily Blount, owner of Saint Leo and Saint Leo Lounge in Oxford, Mississippi. Saint Leo gained acclaim quickly as a James Beard semifinalist for Best New Restaurant and Emily has been recognized for her entrepreneurial abilities. We discuss Emily's path from growing up in California to more than a decade in New York where she acted Off-Broadway and in other pursuits before arriving in Oxford and deciding how to pursue her goal of a food venture in the Mississippi town.
I can't say enough good things about Emily Blount. Humble, authentic, successful, generous, and full of passion and energy for the restaurant business. In three years since opening, her restaurant has twice been a semi-finalist for a James Beard award. Check out her inspiring story here. Enjoy!