BR Epicurean Society honors Jay Campbell with lifetime achievement award

BR Epicurean Society honors Jay Campbell with lifetime achievement award

POSTED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 3:07pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 3:10pm

Jay Campbell, President and CEO of Associated Grocers, will be the recipient of the Grace ‘Mama’ Marino Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014.

Campbell will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the Annual Awards Dinner held at L’Auberge Casino.

The Baton Rouge Epicurean Society annually selects an Epicure from the Greater Baton Rouge area who has dedicated much of their life in service to the Baton Rouge community.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Jay Campbell attended Jesuit High School prior to enrolling at Louisiana State University. He received a B.S. in Accounting from LSU and then went on to receive a law degree from the LSU Law Center.

Campbell's relationship with Associated Grocers, Inc. in Baton Rouge developed while he was an undergraduate student at LSU and worked for them part time as a bookkeeper. He has since worked his way up the ladder through a variety of positions including assistant controller, controller, treasurer, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer.

Campbell is currently the President/CEO of Associated Grocers, Inc., which services independent retail grocers in four states and is privately owned by the retailers that it serves.

Jay Campbell has always believed in giving back to the community. Along with his continued support of numerous local non-profit organizations, Campbell has also proved to be a huge asset to humanitarian causes through his work with the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center; the General Health Foundation; Capital Area United Way; the Association of Retarded Citizens and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Jay Campbell resides in Baton Rouge with his wife of 31 years, Elizabeth Campbell. He is the eighth recipient of this special Lifetime Achievement Award. The previous recipients were Grace ‘Mama’ Marino, T. J. Moran, Frank Bologna, Charles Brandt, Chef John Folse and Tullio Saffiotti & Vince Ferachi.

A seven-course dinner will be served and specially prepared in his honor by chefs from the greater Baton Rouge area. A selection of fine wines will complement each course. Tickets are $200 per person and are available by visiting

This special event will kick off the Fête Rouge Weekend, which is sponsored by the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society.

Proceeds from the Awards Dinner & the Fête Rouge events benefit local childhood health & nutrition programs.  

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