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2020 Bourbon Classic: Top-Shelf

March 9, 2020
2020 Bourbon Classic in Louisville, KY by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Louisville Kentucky-Based Food, Travel, and Society Blog

Hey, y’all!

I am so thankful to have met several readers at the 2020 Bourbon Classic in Louisville, KY. Meeting y’all is always a pleasure — especially when there is bourbon and great food involved!

The Bourbon Classic was, to say the least, a success. It was a first-rate event, as it always is; I hope to see you in 2021 (trust me, you won’t regret it).

2020 Bourbon Classic in Louisville, KY by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Louisville Kentucky-Based Food, Travel, and Society Blog

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To quote: “The Bourbon Classic brings together the best of the Bourbon and culinary worlds through a collection of rare, interactive events. Infused with exceptional tastings, workshops and unrivaled sips, these events are sure to thrill any Bourbon connoisseur and enthusiast. Gather in Louisville, the gateway to all the heritage and innovation of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country, to explore the “best of the best” in the world of Bourbon.”

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My favorite event was hosted on Thursday evening in the Atrium of the 21C Museum Hotel: Top Shelf.

2020 Bourbon Classic in Louisville, KY by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Louisville Kentucky-Based Food, Travel, and Society Blog

What all did Top Shelf entail? It was a premiere evening featuring Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon + progressive food pairings from the fabulous chefs of 21C + Blackberry Farm. Oh, and Buffalo Trace was on-site providing a bar chock-full of delicious cocktails.

2020 Bourbon Classic in Louisville, KY by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Louisville Kentucky-Based Food, Travel, and Society Blog

It’s a treat to get to have even a single pour of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon – however, attendees were able to sample a four-part flight, which was poured by Bourbon Royalty: Julian & Preston Van Winkle.

2020 Bourbon Classic in Louisville, KY by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Louisville Kentucky-Based Food, Travel, and Society Blog

Pappy Van Winkle is often considered the most luxurious, elusive bourbon — and I think it should be on the bucket list of all Kentuckians to enjoy some. Learn more about the brand (or, said better, the heritage) here.

The top-shelf libations were paired with the most delicious food pairings from special guest Chef Cassidee Dabney of Blackberry Farm, 2018 and 2019 James Beard Finalist, along with Executive Chef Jonathan Searle of 21c Museum Hotel’s Proof on Main.

2020 Bourbon Classic in Louisville, KY by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Louisville Kentucky-Based Food, Travel, and Society Blog

2020 Bourbon Classic in Louisville, KY by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Louisville Kentucky-Based Food, Travel, and Society Blog

2020 Bourbon Classic in Louisville, KY by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Louisville Kentucky-Based Food, Travel, and Society Blog

Catfish dip — yes, you read that correctly!

2020 Bourbon Classic in Louisville, KY by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Louisville Kentucky-Based Food, Travel, and Society Blog

2020 Bourbon Classic in Louisville, KY by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Louisville Kentucky-Based Food, Travel, and Society Blog

KY Country Ham Salad

2020 Bourbon Classic in Louisville, KY by JC Phelps of JCP Eats, A Louisville Kentucky-Based Food, Travel, and Society Blog

Delicious Biscuits + Pimento Cheese

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Please make plans to attend this event in the coming year – I’ll see you there!

Cheers!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This post was kindly sponsored by Lousiville Tourism; however, as always, all opinions are my own.

 

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