Annie Pettry ~ Chef / Owner
Annie Pettry brings to the table a passionate and uncompromising commitment to quality, a respect for technique, and an artistic sensibility that results in a balanced yet exhilarating eating experience. With a nuanced palate and an ingredient driven mindset, she creates her own unique take on American cuisine. Raised in Asheville, North Carolina, which proudly claims itself as a “foodtopian Society,” Annie’s childhood was steeped with influential food experiences including growing vegetables, foraging for mushrooms, trout fishing and countless hours in the kitchen learning from her parents’ global cooking style.
Her cuisine has been featured by several national food magazines including Food & Wine, SAVEUR and Bon Appetit to name a few; and her restaurant was given a four-star review by the Courier Journal. Pettry often steps out of the kitchen to work with charities related to her passions for food and cooking, including No Kid Hungry and The Food Literacy Project. She is also an alumna of the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, as well as a leader in the foundation’s national Smart Catch program, which aims to promote responsibly and sustainably sourced seafood.
A 2020 James Beard Foundation Semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast, a Top Chef season 14 contestant, and two-time Food & Wine “People’s Best New Chef” nominee, Pettry was the 2018 Louisville local all-star chef for James Beard Foundation’s Taste America, one of Restaurant Hospitality’s “15 To Watch in 2015,” a 2014 Star Chefs Rising Star, and the winner of the 2013 Louisville Cochon 555 Heritage BBQ competition.
Cody Stone ~ Executive Chef
Chef Cody Stone loves vegetables but he won’t touch a tomato outside of tomato season. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Stone is a founding team member of Decca restaurant. Brought on by chef Annie Pettry in 2012, Stone has progressed through the Decca kitchen from cook, to sous chef, to his current role as Executive Chef where he creates seasonal menus and leads daily kitchen operations at Decca.
In 2003, Stone enrolled in culinary school at Sullivan University where he briefly pursued a degree in the culinary arts. Although school gave him a sense of structure, it was the day-to-day labor of professional kitchens that really developed his sense of place. Prior to his time with Decca he has held various roles at restaurants throughout Louisville, including sous chef at the award-winning 732 Social and 21C’s Proof on Main.
Although his love for food drove him to where he is today, Stone credits Kentucky’s diverse climate for impacting his cooking the most. Hiking, gardening at home, and watching the seasons change all inspire Stone to experiment with the abundance of local and regional farms and native ingredients that define Decca’s cuisine.
Noelle Hall ~ Sous Chef
A native of Louisville and proud Kentuckian, Noelle Hall grew up in the kitchen. Whether she was helping her grandmothers cook their signature recipes, or enjoying her mother’s daily home-cooked meals, spending time with her family over dinner was the most important part of her day.
Hall joined the founding team at Decca in 2012 soon after she graduated from Sullivan University. She served as pantry cook and worked her way up the line until she was promoted to sous chef in 2015. A hardworking member of Decca for more than six years, Hall has quickly become an indispensable asset to the team. She continues to challenge herself behind the line by experimenting with new dishes and collaborating on menu items. Inspired by Decca’s commitment to sustainability, Hall has adapted her own lifestyle inside and outside of the kitchen.
Ashley Brossart ~ G.M.
Ashley Brossart displays her passion for food and hospitality as General Manager of Decca. Drawing on more than a decade of industry experience in her hometown of Louisville, Brossart knows great food and great service. Before joining the opening team at Decca in 2012, she graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in art. Drawn to Decca’s creativity and uncompromising commitment to sourcing local ingredients, Brossart worked her way through the ranks as expeditor, server, and assistant manager. In May 2018 she passed The Court of Master Sommelier Level 1 exam.
Today, as General Manager, Brossart’s vision behind Decca’s five-star dining experience is to cultivate an enthusiastic and diligent team, while maintaining a casual and unpretentious atmosphere. Brossart’s creativity and attention to detail help her to deliver a superior level of service daily.
Davy Butterworth ~ Beverage Director
A smart and cultivated mixologist, Davy Butterworth is the beverage manager of Louisville’s hip NuLu restaurant, Decca. Butterworth was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, and grew up in rural Arizona. He moved to Louisville in 2007 to study religion and culture at Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Butterworth first started bartending to pay for graduate school, working at several well-known bars and restaurants throughout Louisville, including Monnik Beer Company and Rye. The beginning of his boozy career was focused solely on beer, with spirits and cocktail design quickly sparking an interest, followed by his current love of wine. Butterworth joined the Decca team in 2017 where he is able to share his passions for hospitality and a good libation.
Today, Butterworth continues to cultivate Decca’s beverage program. In June 2019 he passed The Court of Master Sommelier Level 2 exam and is now a Certified Sommelier. Whether he’s is combining high quality ingredients to craft classic, seasonal and signature cocktails (his Sazarec is not to be missed), or sharing the history behind wine and spirits, Butterworth takes pride in delivering a memorable experience to each guest.
Nathan Little ~ Events Manager
Nathan Little has been the events manager of Decca since 2016. Enthusiastic, creative and organized, he takes pride in customizing memorable events for individual guests and large parties.
A native of Pennsylvania, Little earned his Bachelor’s degree in marketing and photography from the Antonelli Institute in Erdenheim, PA. In 2000, he relocated to Louisville and immediately fell in love with the thriving food, music and horse racing scene. Before joining Decca, Little worked on and off as a freelance photographer, and radio host for ESPN Radio and Big X Sports Radio. He opened his own racing group, Little Racing LLC in 2015. A true “people person,” Little has the qualities of a successful events manager: thorough, knowledgeable, energetic and communicative to each client. Please allow him to put his expertise to work for you as you arrange your next event at Decca.
Chad Sheffield & Kelsey Norris
Chad and Kelsey moved to Louisville from San Francisco in 2010 to open a restaurant that combined their love of food, wine, visual art, live music, and record collecting.
Chad Sheffield, a Louisville native, has spent the past two decades working in the restaurant industry, including San Francisco’s Coco500. His creative adventures have included music booking, starting his own theater company, and acting.
Kelsey Norris, originally from Jasper, Indiana, received a BA in English Literature from the University of Louisville and studied Photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is currently finishing her residency at the UNC School of Medicine.