Jud Blount and his Vintage Hospitality Group team have 45 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Born and raised in Montgomery, Jud attended the University of Alabama studying Business Administration and Management. Prior to taking over all aspects of restaurant operations at Vintage Year, he was the President, CEO, and Co-Owner of Filet & Vine for 19 years. There, he grew the business to Central Alabama’s largest specialty market, deli and bottle shop. His vast hospitality experience has allowed him to master all aspects of the industry and cultivate future innovative concepts.
Married to Martha Hoffmann Blount for 23 years, they have two children, Jud Jr. (19) and Susannah (15). In his free time, Jud enjoys spending time with his family traveling, hunting, fishing, and seeing live music. In addition to being a member and on the Board of Trustees of Fitzpatrick United Methodist Church, he has always been active in the community as a youth coach, president of The Capri Community Film Society, co-chairman of Light the Heart of Cloverdale, and board member of Jubilee Cityfest in addition to being a member of Fitzpatrick Volunteer Fire Department.
Raised in Colorado, Chef Eric Rivera’s appreciation for cuisine began at a young age by watching and learning in both of his grandmother’s kitchens. He started his career working in local establishments in Colorado Springs and Denver. He worked at the historic Marlowe’s Restaurant, where he was executive sous chef for three years, further adding to his culinary knowledge and experience. These opportunities at a young age resulted in the opportunity at 23 years old to lead the kitchen as the Executive Chef at Lalas Wine bar and Pizzeria where he remained for the next three years. While working in Colorado, Chef Eric immersed himself into the local food community focusing on using local ingredients and varying his cuisine with the seasons. These efforts earned him the Top Ten Best New Restaurant Award for Lala’s Winebar and Pizzeria and also for Café|Bar. With the birth of his daughter and new opportunities opening up in Birmingham, Chef Eric next opened the Todd English P.U.B as the Executive Sous Chef in the uptown area. He ultimately oversaw all hotel food operations for the next two years. This experience then presented him with yet another opportunity to re-open the Historic Redmont Hotel in downtown Birmingham, overseeing both a café with fresh breads and locally roasted coffee and a fine dining Italian-inspired restaurant utilizing local ingredients. Chef Eric is excited to bring his talents to The Vintage Year in Montgomery and to our local community. Please visit us often to see what new culinary fare Chef Eric provides for your dining pleasure.
A native of Montgomery, Bryan Trammell is a graduate of the LAMP program, Montgomery Hospitality Academy and has a culinary arts/restaurant management degree. He is back in Montgomery after living in Tuscaloosa for 12 years where he managed Surin of Thailand and Kozy’s Restaurant. With nearly 20 years in the restaurant industry and 10 years of that managing, he loves being in this business! In his own time, he is an avid gamer as well as enjoys cooking, entertaining and a good drink with friends.
A native of Prattville, Alabama, comes to Vintage Year with a wealth of corporate culinary operational experience. His lengthy tenure at Bonefish Grill as Training Coordinator, Assistant Culinary Manager and New Store Opening Team Member afforded him a great opportunity to utilize and enhance his talents, passions and skills that are necessary to succeed in this intensely competitive culinary environment. He brings to Vintage Year his extensive restaurant experience in training, implementation and consistent deliverance of highly executed dishes. Brian takes deep pride in his proficiency of cutting the freshest selection of fish and high quality meats with minimal waste! He maintains that the best part of being a member of the leadership team at VY is that he is a part of a new culinary and dining standard being created in Montgomery.
Living in Montgomery since her childhood, Whitney White graduated from Jeff Davis High School and Troy University with a marketing degree. In the restaurant industry for 10 years, she previously worked at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and Charles Anthony’s Restaurant at the Pub followed by Derk’s Filet and Vine in the catering an events department. After truly finding her passion, she is now the event coordinator for both Vintage Cafe and Vintage Year where she loves helping guests execute their ideas while turning their vision into memorable dining experiences. In her free time she enjoys kayaking and going to the beach while keeping up with her two sets of twin boys.