Steven Mitchell Harris
Steven Mitchell Harris
  • November 5, 1956 - April 10, 2017
  • Kentucky

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Steven Mitchell Harris, 60, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 10.
Steve had a quick sense of humor and a gift for putting people at ease, making them feel good and making them laugh. He also fed them well.

Although born in Detroit, Steve was raised from the age of two in Louisville, where his family had resided since the early 1800's. He attended St. Barnabas Grade School, Trinity and Seneca High Schools and Jefferson Community College. While in high school, he landed a job at Steak & Ale, beginning a career in food service that took him from busboy to kitchen manager and Executive Chef. As a corporate chef, he opened and ran restaurants in St. Louis, Memphis and Charleston before returning to Louisville, where he delighted hungry patrons at local restaurants such as Rick's Café and David's Seafood Bar & Grille. Steve was well-known and well-liked in the local restaurant industry.

After 2000, Steve moved to hospital food service with Morrison Healthcare, first with Norton Hospitals and then for many years at Baptist Hospital East, where, as Executive Chef, he fed thousands of patients, staff and visitors.

Steve is survived by his wife of 27 years, Beth Steiner Harris, whom he met while both were working at Cafe Mimosa. He enjoyed making home improvements and working in his Crescent Hill yard. Steve and Beth transformed a steep problem hill into a beautifully terraced lawn and garden. He had quite a way with banana trees and basil plants! He and Beth particularly enjoyed their annual vacation to Folly Beach, SC, to celebrate his birthday.

He also leaves his mother, Kathleen Stengel Harris; sister Casslyn; brothers Jebb (Cindy), of Brea, CA and Clint (Karen), of Charlotte, NC; nieces Erin Harris of Columbia, SC and Colleen Harris of Charlotte, NC; parents-in-law Don and Marge Steiner, of Oxford, MI; sisters-in-law Dianne Ernst; Starr Fagerstrom (Randy); Christine Rehahn; Donita Sinozich (Frank); and Kim Evans (Ed); as well as many Steiner nieces and nephews and numerous Stengel cousins. Also missing him are his beloved kitties Pasta and Skylar. Steve was predeceased by his father, George A. Harris, and his brother-in-law, James Steiner.

Family, friends, colleagues and patients whom Chef Steve would pop in to check on are invited to celebrate his good-natured but too short life on Monday, April 17 from 3-6 pm at Arch L. Heady-Cralle, 2428 Frankfort Avenue with a service to celebrate Steve at 6 pm.

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