Friday, FEBRUARY 22, 2019 

Bourbon Classic Cocktail & Culinary Challenge 

New Venue - The Henry Clay 
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 

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 20 different cocktails and small plates throughout the evening.

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.

Special Thanks to our 2019 Judges
Robert Bleifer 
Executive Chef, Vice President, Food Network  
Sam Slaughter
Food and Drink Editor, The Manual 
Molly Wellmann
Owner, Myrtle’s Punch House and Japps Since 1879

2019 Participants
Barton 1792 Distillery Oliver Miller, Proof on Main
Greg Galganski, Proof on Main
Chef Mike Wajda, Proof on Main
Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon       Kelsey Hoffman, RYE  Chef Zach Chancey, RYE
Blanton’s Bourbon Nina Rojas, Volare Italian Ristorante Chef Josh Moore, Volare Italian Ristorante
Buffalo Trace Distillery Emily Albert, bar Vetti Chef Ryan Rogers, Hi Cotton Hospitality
Chef Andrew McCabe, bar Vetti
Four Roses Bourbon Isaac Fox, La Chasse Chef Kristina Dyer, La Chasse
George Remus Bourbon Tony Shaw, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse Chef Travis Maier, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse
Heaven Hill Distillery Karla Plott, ON3 at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Chef Bruce Ucán, Mayan Cafe
Michter's Distillery, LLC Sarah Thomas and Jayma Neese
Bob’s Steak and Chop House          
Chef Paul Sant, Bob’s Steak and Chop House 
Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. Nic Christiansen, Butchertown Grocery Chef Bobby Benjamin, Butchertown Grocery
Woodford Reserve Leslee Macpherson, Ouita Michel Family of Restaurants Chef Ouita Michel, Chef Nat Henton and Chef Charles Taylor, Ouita Michel Family of Restaurants

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 Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, additional food options and comfortable seating. 

After Party - 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen
350 West Chestnut, Rooftop of Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown
Enjoy an assortment of complimentary wood oven pizzas and drink specials