Friday, March 2, 2018  

Bourbon Classic Cocktail & Culinary Challenge: Presented by Kentucky Proud 

New Venue - The Foundry at Glassworks 
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Classic Cocktails and Small Plates 
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm - Contemporary Cocktails and Small Plates 

“Mix things up” at this exciting exploration of what’s classic and contemporary in the world of Bourbon cocktails and small plates.

Master bartenders will be matched with an acclaimed chef and Bourbon Classic sponsor distillery – and will compete for the title of “perfect cocktail” and "perfect small plate."

There will be two rounds of this competition - Classic and Contemporary. Enjoy a tasting portion of each cocktail and small plate. There will be 18 different cocktails and small plates throughout the evening.

Meet the contestants and hear them discuss their creations and chat with the distillers and representatives about what makes the brands unique. A select panel of media personalities and industry experts will evaluate the cocktails and small plates individually and as pairings and select winners for each category.

2018 Participants 
Barton 1792 Distillery Greg Galganski and Oliver Miller, Proof on Main  Chef Mike Wajda, Proof on Main
Blade and Bow Nic Christiansen, Butchertown Grocery  Chef Bobby Benjamin, Butchertown Grocery
Blanton's Bourbon Shelby Pipes, Volare Italian Ristorante Chef Josh Moore, Volare Italian Ristorante
Buffalo Trace Distillery  Norma Beekman, Lockbox Chef Jonathan Searle, Lockbox
Four Roses Bourbon Hunter Greene, Bistro 1860 Chef Michael Crouch, Bistro 1860
George Remus Bourbon  Austin Garrison, Bouquet Restaurant  Chef Stephen Williams, Bouquet Restaurant 
Heaven Hill Distillery Brianna Hlava, Butchertown Social  Chef Loreal Gavin, Private Chef
Michter's Distillery, LLC Morgan Polson, Down One Bourbon Bar Chef Ryan Smith, Harvest 
Woodford Reserve Isaac Fox, La Chasse Chef Andrew Welenken, La Chasse

Amber Lounge - VIP Experience (VIP Ticket Holders Only) 
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sponsored by: 


VIP ticket holders will enjoy exclusive access to the Amber Lounge, which features special bourbon tastings from I.W. Harper, additional food options and comfortable seating. Kentucky Straight Ice will also provide specialty, hand carved ice made from natural limestone springs. 

After Party - Whiskey Dry by Ed Lee  
10:30pm at 412 S. 4th Street 
Enjoy free burgers served at the bar