Friday, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 

Cocktail & Culinary Challenge
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Henry Clay

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Classic Cocktails and Small Plates 
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm - Contemporary 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 22 different cocktails and small plates throughout the evening. Each small plate will feature Kentucky Proud products from Kentucky farms or businesses as the main ingredient. 

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.


Barton 1792 Distillery
Bartender Emily Ryan, Volare Italian Ristorante 
Chef Josh Moore, Volare Italian Ristorante 

Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bartender Isaac Fox, La Chasse
Chef Kristina Dyer, La Chasse

Blanton's Bourbon
Bartender Justin Keating, Bluegrass Hospitality Group
Chef Alan Lamoureux, Bluegrass Hospitality Group

Buffalo Trace Distillery
Bartender Kelsey Hofmann, Rye
Chef Zach Chancey, Rye

Four Roses Bourbon
Bartender Keri Smith, Doc's Bourbon Room
Chef Taylor Dedrick, Doc's Bourbon Room

George Remus Bourbon
Bartenders Lyda Dang and Bob Knott, Seelbach Hotel  
Chef Paul Sant, Seelbach Hotel  

Heaven Hill Distillery
Bartender Dante Wheat, The 502 Bar & Bistro
Chef Ming Pu, The 502 Bar & Bistro

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. 
Bartender Mary Stuart Barrett, Harvest
Chef Benjamin Comfort, Harvest 

Michter's Distillery, LLC
Bartender Josh Anderson, Butchertown Grocery
Chef Bobby Benjamin, Butchertown Grocery

Woodford Reserve
Bartender Miyee Carney, Holly Hill Inn
Chef Ouita Michel and Chef Nat Henton, Holly Hill Inn

Rabbit Hole Distillery
Bartender Barret Cooper, Bluegrass Supper Club
Chef Damaris Phillips, Bluegrass Supper Club
Amber Lounge - VIP Experience (VIP Ticket Holders Only) 
Sponsored by:

VIP ticket holders will enjoy exclusive access to the Amber Lounge, which features special bourbon tastings from Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, additional food options and comfortable seating. 

After Party - 8UP Elevated Drinkery and Kitchen
350 West Chestnut, Rooftop of Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown

Keep the party going at the only rooftop experience Downtown Louisivlle. Located on the 8th floor of the Hilton Garden Inn, 8UP will offer the following complimentary apps (while they last) and $8 old fashions specials. 

Sweet Corn Hushpuppies
Wood fired Meatballs | bourbon demi-glace
Tomato Mozzarella Skewers | basil, balsamic reduction
Crispy Shrimp Dippers | sweet chili sauce
Sesame chicken Salad | crispy wontons, scallions