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    Bernie Lubbers To Host Heaven Hill Dinner At Varanese
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    There’s no doubt that Louisville is the center of the bourbon universe.  We’re home to great events like the Filson Bourbon Academy and The Bourbon Classic.  You can get schooled on bourbon just about any night of the week in Louisville.  Even upon wandering into a bar along the Urban Bourbon Trail you’re likely to run into one of our many local bourbon celebrities.

    Local restaurants have recently caught on to the appeal of bourbon dinners featuring local bourbonites, and Varanese has been hosting some great ones lately.  March 9th at 6:30 they will host a Heaven Hill dinner with Whiskey Professor Bernie Lubbers.  From the press release:

    Louisville, Ky (February 24, 2015) - Varanese Restaurant, located at 2106 Frankfort Avenue, will host a Heaven Hill Bourbon Dinner on Monday, March 9th with a reception at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:00pm. The evening will include guest speaker Bernie Lubbers, Whiskey Professor, and a four course dinner paired with a cocktail or flight highlighting Heaven Hill's finest whiskeys and ryes including Bernheim Wheat, Larceny, Rittenhouse Rye, and the Elijah Craig 12 year. The cost is $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (502) 899-9904 or emailing

    The menu will consist of:


    Reception Cocktail - Sazarac - Rittenhouse Rye, Absinthe, Bitters and Demerara Sugar

    First Course

    Flight: Bernheim Wheat - Larceny - Rittenhouse Rye - Elijah Craig 12yr.

    Apple, Grape and Smoked Cashew Salad with Bib Lettuce

    Topped with Shaved Caramel Goat Cheese

    Second Course

    Apple Braised Pork Belly served on Grilled Wheat Crostini

    Topped with Soft Poached Egg and Apple Gastrique

    Served with Grilled Spicy Purple Cabbage and Snow Pea Tendrils

    Third Course

    Southern Style Bourbon Citrus Smash - Bourbon, Domaine de Canton, Lemon Juice, Honey and Chai tea Syrup

    Southern Style BBQ Gulf Shrimp

    Served over Spicy Tasso Ham and Cheddar Grits

    Topped with Bourbon Glazed Caramelized Onions and Fresh Herbs

    Fourth Course

    Bourbon Allspice Dram        

    Sweet Potato and Toffee Bread Pudding

    With Maple-Bourbon Syrup and Bourbon Butter Pecan Ice cream

    Photos Courtesy of Varanese

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    I'm a Louisville native with a passion for traveling and homegrown tomatoes. I write the bourbon news, which keeps me plenty busy since Louisville is the center of the bourbon universe. See bourbon news happening? Contact me on Twitter @LouGirl502!

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