Richard MacLaury is a retired chef, former small business owner and presently president of The Golden Gate Blues Society, a non-profit California corporation 501 (c) 3. He characterizes himself as the enthusiastic contributor and enjoys fulfilling his mission to support blues musicians of the Bay Area. His education includes community college, recording arts, and professional culinary training. Choosing food service, Richard has owned Flavors Catering, vending to grocery stores, weddings, parties, corporate events, institutions, recording studios, and private clients with a list that includes Linda Ronstadt, Keith Richards, Booker T, Huey Lewis, Pearl Jam, Dolly Parton, Mariachi Varga and many more. He continued his career assisting other caterers, wineries, event planners and wedding specialists and finally pioneering a vegan food delivery program.
Upon retirement Richard volunteered for TGGBS, coordinating the International Blues Challenge regional competitions, fundraising for their expenses, creating and directing several programs including The Second-Sunday Blues Jams at The World-Famous Turf Club in Hayward, CA, personally raising and distributing over $70,000 in the past few years. In 2019 He was elected President, later spearheading a blues music production program that broadcasts on the internet in response to the Covid-19 lockdown.
Richard has learned the importance of honesty, dependability, strong work ethics, transparency and non-judgmental inclusion, vital to the success of businesses and organizations. He is dedicated to developing, educating and promoting authentic blues acts living in northern California. He presently resides in Castro Valley CA with his beloved wife.