The second annual Bourbon Classic was held last weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. The event drew bourbon fans from around the country to join with distillers, bartenders, restaurants, and media representatives in celebrating all things bourbon. I was lucky enough to be among them and I left feeling very lucky to be living so close to bourbon country.
The event began Friday night with “From the Barrel to Bar,” a cocktail-centered event. Teams of master bartenders were paired with a local chef and a Bourbon Classic sponsor distillery to compete for the title of “perfect cocktail.” A select panel of media personalities and industry experts evaluated the cocktails individually and as pairings to select the winner. I was really impressed with level of food at this event. The small plates included things like short ribs in bourbon sauce, bourbon ice cream with apple tarts, and a plate of chicken and waffles that was so good I went back for seconds. The cocktails were a nice mix of classic and contemporary offerings and there were few I wasn’t willing to finish. Throughout the night we were able to both mingle with friends, break off to explore on our own, take in the cocktail competition, and relax in the VIP lounge so we never felt like we had run out of things to do.