Gary Fox has spent most of his life in the restaurant hospitality business, and that’s what led him to start APRON Inc., a local nonprofit that provides emergency funds to bartenders, servers, chefs and others in the industry who are in financial need by no fault of their own. Fox is a founding board member of the organization and has served as president since its inception in 2011. To date, APRON has given out more than $55,000 to folks in need.
While chasing his other love of acting, Fox spent some of his formative years working at some of New York City’s finest restaurants, including One Fifth Avenue, Tavern on the Green, and Morton’s Steakhouse. He moved back to Louisville almost a decade ago and has worked at Anthony Lamas’ Seviche when it was on Goose Creek Road, and now you can find him running the house at Dean Corbett’s Equus/Jack’s Lounge.
On Sunday, July 12, APRON is hosting a fundraiser titled “A Taste of Independents” at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave., from 1-4 p.m. There will be samples from some of Louisville’s top chefs and more than 25 local restaurants, as well as adult beverages, a silent auction, live music from the Robbie Bartlett Duo, and more. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.
“Louisville is increasingly becoming known for its culinary scene, and it’s our honor and privilege to get so many chefs in one place,” says Fox.
Before he begins arranging the tables and tallying the tickets, Fox answered some very important questions …
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
I would love to don one of those nifty suits that make you look like Rocky the Flying Squirrel, jump from a plane, and soar over — well, just about anywhere. I think the sense of absolute freedom would be spectacular.
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
A poster that read: “War is not healthy for children and other living things” … Because what red-blooded American boy didn’t?
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
Matt Wallace and the entire company and crew of Kentucky Shakespeare. Bringing art of that caliber to so many people is such a gift to the community. I was an actor there many, many years ago, and I recall kids from the neighborhood coming up and quoting my lines to me that they’d seen during rehearsals. What other city does that happen in? That’s right — none.
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
Country bacon, marinated tomatoes and roasted fennel.
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
40 — old enough to be over the angst of youth, and young enough to do anything you want physically.
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
RuPaul … Oh wait, that wasn’t the question. When I was young, it was Elton John and Freddy Mercury; now I fear it is James Beard.
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?
A pizza delivery person delivering the above mentioned pizza.