While she hails from Asheville, N.C., Annie Pettry moved to Louisville from San Francisco in 2012 to become the lead chef/owner at Decca, a new NuLu restaurant that would focus on fresh, local ingredients set to the tune of soulful American cuisine.
Five years later, Decca has carved itself a decent spot in the Louisville restaurant scene and continues to offer up inspiring cuisine from a chef with innate talent. Not one to sit still, Pettry participated in Season 14 of “Top Chef” in 2016 to learn from others in the industry and also challenge herself.
Pettry’s passion is to bring a traditional French style of cooking to Southern ingredients, and some of Decca’s best-sellers include a wood-grilled pork chop, rock shrimp linguine and Tagliatelle Bolognese, among others.
One of the coolest parts of Decca is its Cellar Lounge — a dark, swanky cocktail bar hidden away in the restaurant’s basement.
It’s one of our favorite places to take an out-of-town guest, and each time we visit, we find more and more people who have caught on to our little secret.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, Pettry and Decca are hosting “BooLu #6,” a Halloween-themed party with original cocktails and snacks, DJ Sara Soltau, costumes, and even the best deal of the year: “Five Dolla Holla,” which is a shot of bourbon and a can of beer for $5.
To top it all off, admission is free. The party runs from 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Before Pettry whips up a Wonder Woman costume for the occasion, we asked her some very important questions …
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
I would love to learn how to fly a plane!
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
“Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” — I was a huge ’90s hip-hop fan.
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
To Sarah Fritschner for her work in helping to create a more sustainable food system in Louisville and beyond.
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
Pizza margherita hands down. Made with the best milled tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil.
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
30 — For me, 30 felt like I had the world at my fingertips, the perfect combination of knowledge, excitement and the sense I could accomplish anything and have fun doing it!
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
Molly Ringwald. “Sixteen Candles” was one of my favorite movies as a kid.
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?
My grandmother Iris. She passed away when I was 12, and I would love to have a conversation with her as an adult.
This story has been updated.