2020 Bourbon Classic: Taste, An Evening At The Henry Clay

March 10, 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!

So, you heard about my evening at the 2020 Bourbon Classic: Top-Shelf, a fabulous night on Thursday of the Bourbon Classic featuring four pours of Pappy Van Winkle, progressive food pairings from 21C’s Proof on Main + Blackberry Farm, and a delicious bar from Buffalo Trace.

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

What you’ll learn about attending the Bourbon Classic is that all of the events are fabulous — and you’ll want to attend many of them. With my schedule this year, I was only able to attend two events; that said, I couldn’t miss Taste on Saturday evening!

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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Taste takes place at the Henry Clay downtown, which is one of my favorite venues. The best way to describe it: an indulgent night of Kentucky’s finest. Guests get to savor bourbon from Bourbon Classic distillers (and there are many!); from there, all enjoy a never-ending supply of bites from featured restaurants.

This year, featured chefs/restaurants included: Chef Samantha Fore (Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites, Lexington, KY), Chef Andrew McCabe (Bar Vetti), Chef Jonathan Searle (Proof on Main), and Chef Levon Wallace (El Camino).

Those tastings are in addition to self-service lines of food + charcuterie boards.

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

… Oh, and that’s only for General Admission!

While I enjoy going to both sections of the event, I truly feel that a VIP Ticket is the way to go. In the Amber Lounge, which VIP ticket holders have exclusive access to, attendees enjoy special bourbon tastings from Buffalo Trace Distillery, additional food options (highlights included the most delicious shrimp cocktail, short ribs, and a dessert bar!), along with comfortable seating (a major plus in my book!).

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

The Amber Lounge is also more exclusive, as crowds are smaller, lines are shorter, and the already-intimate event is even more personal.

Please make plans to attend this event in the coming year – and if you do, I’ll see ya there!

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

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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