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Drink To Win at This Fun French Mystery Wine Dinner Game

Challenge your wine knowledge at Brasserie Provence, 150 N Hurstbourne Lane, on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at a mystery wine dinner. The game spans four French regions and four new world wine countries selected by advanced level sommelier Julie Defriend from Vintner Select. The blind tasting is paired with Chef Patrick’s international menu. If you can Identify the regions, countries & cépages of all eight wines, you’ll  win a special bottle of wine. The dinner is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 502-883-3153.

 Guests are welcomed with an artisan French-Kentucky cocktail, after which the game begins. Each course is paired with one French wine and one wine produced in a new world wine country. Guests will decide which is which. First course includes an asparagus, hearts of palm & snow pea salad with fresh goat cheese and cilantro vinaigrette accompanied by two wines from the same cépage. The second course of baked John Dory, ginger polenta and mango butter will also be paired with two wines from the same cépage. The third course of braised beef short ribs with chick pea purée and avocado relish will be served with two blended wines. Lastly, the dinner will end with a grilled lamb chop, wild mushroom eggplant gratin and barbecue reduction with an additional two blended wines.

Wines will be available for purchase with a 15% discount through Westport Whiskey & Wine.


Chef Stooksbury Rescheduled At Mesa With Shrimp, Steak and Whiskeys June 2

We recently reported on Chef Miranda Stooksbury, Owner of Clover and the Greens, and her three course meal with cocktail pairings at MESA that had to be rescheduled. It’s been rescheduled for June 2nd, and the new menu looks absolutely mouthwatering. She’ll be joined by Paul Tuell, co-owner of Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey for a night of stories and intimate cooking  with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

Mesa Collaborative Kitchen (216 Pearl Street, New Albany) hosts chefs in a beautiful space set up for chef dinners where  24 diners are seated around the cooking area, so they can enjoy the chef’s demonstrative cooking and conversation.

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JTown Summer Craft Beer Fest Discounted Pre-sale Ticket Party Saturday

Beer drinkers have one day to buy their tickets for the JTown Summer Craft Beer Fest in advance at a discount. Cox’s Smokers Outlet and Spirit Shoppe at 3920 Ruckriegel Parkway will host a parking lot pre-sale party on Saturday, May 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets will be $25, saving buyers $10 plus fees.

While grabbing your tickets, you’ll be able to enjoy special limited release brews from 3rd Turn Brewing, Mile Wide and Against the Grain in addition to food from El Mambo Food Truck and in-store cigar and discounted beer specials.

The festival itself, at the Pavillion in the heart of J-Town on Saturday July 7 from 4 to 8 p.m.,  promises growth this year with more breweries, more beer, and more bands on two live music stages.

(Video, Photos) Wild Turkey’s Jimmy Russell at Brown Hotel

The Brown Hotel hosted Wild Turkey’s Master Distiller Jimmy Russel last Friday for a wonderful bourbon and bluegrass event on their roof garden patio.

Guests enjoyed a beautiful sunset with banjo music and cocktails from Wild Turkey alongside delicious hot browns,  barbecue,  and sides like sriracha coleslaw in addition to other tastes before headed inside to hear Russell speak about the Wild Turkey distilling process and guided tasting, including Matthew Mcconaughey’s  small-batch line of bourbon, Longbranch — which was very smooth and my favorite. Kentucky Straight Ice added to the unique exerience with premium ice branded with the Wild Turkey logo (see photos below.)

You can see the Facebook Live Broadcast of most of Russel’s discussion and tasting here.

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Wild Turkey’s Jimmy Russell and Brown Hotel Chefs Host Rooftop Bourbon & Bluegrass Picnic Friday

It’s the magic season of Derby in Louisville – a time to enjoy entertainment of all sorts along with special eats and drinks. Why not do it in a roof garden? The Brown Hotel, 335 W Broadway, is offering an evening of Kentucky traditions during a Bourbon Bluegrass Picnic in the renovated roof garden  at the Brown Hotel this Friday, April 27.

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Brown Hotel Releases Lavish $1500 Cocktail (!) , Blending Cinco De Mayo and Derby

The Brown Hotel, historically known for its Derby parties, will be celebrating more than the 144th Run for the Roses on May 5. In collaboration with Patrón Tequila, the hotel’s Lobby Bar will offer a lavish Agave Julep cocktail from Thursday, May 3 through Sunday, May 6 in honor of Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby occurring on the same day.

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32nd Annual Taste of Derby at Slugger Field (Photos)

The 32nd annual Taste of Derby fundraiser for Dare to Care presented by Brown  Forman at Slugger Field was a very busy and fun filled tasting event with over 40 restaurants, caterers, breweries, distilleries and food  vendors offering samples to hungry and thirsty guests for the duration of the three hours with only a few tables starting to run out of samples at the very end. I tried and sampled my way through various tables offering meatballs of different types, some salmon dishes, steak samples,  a few brave (and delicious) vegetable based dishes and a variety of beers, wines, gins, vodkas and bourbons (and a cold brew coffee.) More than anything, I enjoyed getting to speak directly to so many lively and engaging people about their products and also discuss our amazing food and beverage community or their passion for food and drink. Continue reading 32nd Annual Taste of Derby at Slugger Field (Photos)

Famed Derby Winning Jockey Pat Day to Tell Life Story at High Tea

The Sword and The Scone, 1915 Blankenbaker Parkway, will serve a special high tea with honored guest Kentucky Derby winning jockey Pat Day on April 22 from 3 to 5 p.m.  The famous jockey will share his story from boyhood to his current work at the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy as guests enjoy a special Derby inspired menu of sweets, scones and savories – like festival pie bar, hummingbird cake, lemon lavendar cookies, salted Kentucky butter cake, mint julep creme pie and other treats – with endless pots of tea. Guests will be able to sample tea from more than 45 flavors and varieties. Part of the proceeds from this event will be donated to The Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy.

Reservations with a charge card are required for the $45 per person tickets. Call 502-907-0018. Please note that tables are mostly for 4 and 6, so if you order less than four tickets, you may be seated at a table with other guests as this event is expected to sell out. (Buy one get one and other coupons are not honored for this special event.) 

Westport Whiskey & Wine Tasting Room Demo Was Like Cocktail Playtime (Photos)

I joined a group in Westport Whiskey & Wine’s beautiful tasting room last night for a demonstration on making three different versions of the Old Fashioned cocktail with Maker’s Mark. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but it was a very interesting  and enjoyable evening. The evening was one of the many events and demonstrations set up in their tasting room by store manager Emily Meadows. Tickets were $25 and quickly sold out in advance. Co-owner Richard Splan started the evening off with an introduction and offered discounted purchases in the store afterwards.

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32nd Annual Taste of Derby: Event Provides Quarter Million Meals to Kentucky Families

 Brown-Forman Corporation joins with Louisville’s renowned and vibrant foodie community to present the 32nd annual Taste of Derby Festival — the largest Dare to Care Food Bank fundraiser of the year — on April 17, 2018 at Louisville Slugger Field. This premier tasting event will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature  an eclectic lineup of over 40 Louisville eateries and 20 beverage vendors.

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