Woodford Reserve Hosts Tasting Event in Charleston to Support Ben’s Friends

By Phase 3 on September, 12 2019

Tuesday, September 17


Woodford Reserve, the popular Versailles, Ky.-based Bourbon distiller, will partner with Charleston restaurants and chefs to host a landmark tasting event on Tuesday, September 17, to benefit  Ben’s Friends, the industry support group founded in 2016 by Indigo Road Hospitality Group managing partner Steve Palmer and Mickey Bakst of Charleston Grill.

Hosted at The Cedar Room within the iconic Cigar Factory building, the event will feature culinary creations by some of the region’s most recognizable chefs and restaurants, each paired with a different expression of Woodford Reserve – including Bourbon, Rye, Double Oak, Malt, 2019 Batch Proof and the company’s recently debuted Wheat Whiskey. Participating chefs include:

- Jeremiah Bacon, culinary director of Oak Steakhouse and The Macintosh
- Michael Holler, executive chef of Indaco
- Jacques Larson, executive chef of Wild Olive and The Obstinate Daughter
- Bob Cook, executive chef of Edmund’s Oast
- Scott Crawford, chef and owner of Jolie and Crawford and Son (Raleigh, N.C.)
- Adam Jakins, chef du cuisine of Hall’s Chophouse
- Tim Morton, executive chef of Mercantile and Mash
- Lizzy Skelton and Anne White, pastry chefs at Mercantile and Mash

In addition to thoughtfully curated food and beverage pairings, guests can expect a meet-and-greet opportunity with Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris, a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame; a crafted cocktail learning station; interactive Woodford Reserve education stations; a silent auction; and specially-crafted, spirit-free beverages.

One-hundred percent of event proceeds will benefit Ben’s Friends’ initiative to reach food and beverage industry professionals struggling with substance abuse and addiction across the country. The event is open to guests 21+ only and space is limited. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased here.

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