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Oct 02

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Dinner

A few weeks ago, Michelle and I had a chance to have a bourbon-inspired dinner by Woodford Reserve’s chef David Larson. He offered a tasting demo at the Party Source and we were treated to

Course 1: Woodford Reserve with Gravlax

Course 2: Woodford Reserve Lemonade with Tomato Watermelon Salad

Course 3: Woodford Reserve Corn Pudding and the Best Roast Chicken

Course 4: Cold Lemon Souffle and Bourbon Flavored Coffee

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The evening started with a Gravlax, composed of bourbon treated
salmon. This was a better fit for the type of food that I enjoy instead
of Michelle with the salty salmon and Dijon mustard combining to
provide a very nice appetizer that apparently lasts up to 2 months on
the freezer after preparation is completed.

Watermelon and tomato salad was the next course, and was introduced
to me several weeks earlier at the Gourmet Sensation event. It was one
of the few taste combinations that had eluded lad me so far in my life,
but I was amazed that it had taken so long for me to try what turn out
to be fantastic. As a late
summer dish, when tomatoes are becoming ripe and juicy across the
country, adding a little bit of watermelon provides a side that had
both the amazing tartness of the tomato with the juicy sweetness of the
watermelon balancing out the acidity. This is now a staple of any
summer/early fall dinner menu at my house and I appreciate anyone who
brings any attention to this amazing combo.

The main course was a roast chicken and corn pudding both featuring
an accent of Woodford as the brine for the chicken and a small accent
(1tbsp) in the corn pudding. Both items were a very well thought  out
example of what can be done by using a small amount of bourbon as an
accent to cooking and Michelle was thoroughly enchanted by the bread
pudding.

Desert was a cold lemon souffle that used Woodford new spirit, which
most of us are not able to easily find. New spirit is bourbon before it
has been moved to the barrels, so it’s pretty potent stuff. David
recommended a silver rum as an alternative and made what was very
similar to a lemon pie filling with the meringue mixed into it.

Woodford Reserve Distillery, right outside of Lexington, offers
regular meals during the holiday season. Weather permitting, I
encourage everyone to travel down and try one of their standard or
special meals.

Overall a night of

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