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    Taste Of Innovation And Bourbon Happening Soon
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    It’s no secret that Louisville has food and bourbon locked down.  We’re the first stop and jumping off point for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, we have the Urban Bourbon Trail, and we also have the Hot Brown Hop.  We have every conceivable kind of restaurant in Louisville, including a prominent farm to table scene.  Louisville chefs are always happy to try something new, placing them on the cutting edge.

    On Wednesday October 1, the region’s top chefs, distillers, baristas, mixologists, bartenders, and confectioners will come together for the Taste of Innovation and Bourbon portion of the Louisville Idea Festival.  The event will be held at Churchill Downs Millionaire’s Row from 5:45-8 p.m.  Tickets will cost $40 in advance and $50 at the door.

    According to the event flyer, “With the help of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Kentucky Bourbon Trail, we are CELEBRATING BOURBON COUNTRY with tastings from major distillers, a walk through the history of bourbon and bourbon cocktails. We’re highlighting our bourbon pride and appreciation for the distilling industry and its continued contribution to our thriving commonwealth.”

    According to event promoters, the following local writers will be on had to sign copies of their books:

    Whisky Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey 

    by Fred Minnick

    The Old Fashion: An Essential Guide to the Original Whiskey Cocktail

    by Albert Schmid

    Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Trave Guide 

    by Susan Reigler

    Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage 

    by Mike Veach

    The food lineup looks amazing:

    Brasserie Provence | Owner Guy Genoud

    Crushed Ice Events | Chef Laurence Agnew

    El Camino | Corporate Chef Tyler Powell

    Harvest | Chef Coby Ming

    Hillbilly Tea | Owner Karter Louis

    Jack Binion’s Steakhouse | Chef Tammy Bryan

    La Coop | Chef Bobby Benjamin

    Levy Restaurants | Chef Dave Danielson

    Lilly’s Bistro | Chef Kathy Cary

    Manny and Merle | Owner Tony Palombino

    Marketplace Restaurant | Chef Dallas McGarity

    Mayan Cafe | Chef Bruce Ucan

    Momma’s Mustard, Pickles and BBQ | Owner Chad Cooley

    Napa River Grill | Chef Brian Curry

    Papalinos | Chefs Carla Gresham & Geoff Ormerod

    Proof on Main | Chef Levon Wallace

    Rye on Market | Chef Tyler Morris

    The Seelbach Hotel/The Oak Room | Chefs Matt Durham & Patrick Roney

    Shalimar | Chef Sunny Pandher

    The Silver Dollar | Corporate Chef Tyler Powell

    Tony Boombozz | Owner Tony Palombino

    And the beverage lineup isn’t too shabby either:

    Chila Orchata

    Copper & Kings American Brandy

    Easley Winery

    Elijah Craig

    Evan Williams


    Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

    Four Roses

    Heaven Hill

    Heine Bros. Coffee

    Jim Beam


    Louisville Water Pure Tap

    Number Juan Tequila


    Wild Turkey

    And for dessert:

    Art Eatables | Chocolatier Kelly Ramsey

    Ghyslain | Chef Ghyslain Maurais

    Kern’s Kitchen | Owner Jon Rupp

    Spotz Gelato | Owners Philip Enlow & Beth Richardson

    The Comfy Cow | Owner Tim Koons-McGee

    Photos Courtesy of Taste of Innovation

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    About Maggie Kimberl

    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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