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    The 5th Annual Old Friends Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® fundraiser, that benefits Old Friends thoroughbred retirement facility down in Georgetown, Kentucky, will be hosted by the Seelbach Hilton Hotel on February 23, 2013.

    The event begins at 6 pm on Saturday, February 23 at the hotel, located at 500 South Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. The benefit will be highlighted by a four-course Bourbon themed feast. Live and silent auctions will be taking place, including items of exclusive equine artwork, autographed Bourbon items, racing memorabilia, fine jewelry, and more.

    The night begins in the The Seelbach’s beautiful Grand Ballroom where a wide variety of appetizers will be served and Kentucky’s famous iconic distilleries will offer samples of their finest brands, including Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve, and Town Branch. Guests then will proceed to the hotel’s famous award winning Oakroom for the main two course dinner designed by the Seelbach’s Chef de Cuisine Patrick Roney.

    The Menu

    The first course is as follows:

    Pan Roasted Scallops

    Shitake Mushroom and Sweet Pea Puree

    Lemon Bourbon Beurre Blanc

    The second course consists of the following:

    Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin

    White Bean and Brussels Sprout Cassoulet

    Bourbon Braised Belly

    As if your taste buds haven’t been in heaven enough guests will return to the ballroom for an assortment of wonderful desserts from pastry chef Bridget Knight and enjoy the action of the live auction.

    “We can’t thank the Seelbach and the Kentucky Distillers Association enough for their support,” said Old Friends President and Founder Michael Blowen, “This event is one of the most exciting evenings of our fundraising calendar and we hope everyone will come out and join us.”

    Tickets for this fundraiser are $100 and reservations can be made by calling the Seelbach’s Jennifer Biesel at (502)585-9292. The Seelbach also offers Kentucky Bourbon Trail© guests a special “Take the elevator home” room rate of $119 that can be reserved along with your tickets. Sunday Brunch is available at the hotel from 10 am to 2 pm for $29 per person.

    The Seelbach Hilton is a four-star diamond luxury hotel located in the heart of Louisville, KY. Built in 1905 it appears on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered a landmark to the “the golden era.” For more information on the Seelbach you can go to their website here.

    For more information about Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour call the KDA at (502) 875-9351 or visit them online here or here.

    Old Friends is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for 120 retired Thoroughbred racehorses. With locations in Georgetown, KY and Greenfield Center, NY. Old Friends is open to visitors daily by appointment. For more information on tours, any of the farm’s retirees, or to make a donation please call (502)863-1775 or visit the website here.

    Photo: Courtesy of Anna Blanton

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    About Sandy Dolan

    Owner of Cedar Ridge Farm which operates a children's horseback riding lesson program in Greenville, IN. I have been involved with equine welfare and rescue activities. We have successfully rehomed at risk horses and retrained off the track thoroughbred racehorses in new careers in hunter/jumper, eventing, dressage, and barrel racing disciplines.

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