Did you know that it was a woman who developed the first recipe for sour mash—the basis for whiskey—in 1818? Or that it was a woman, who in the 1950’s, developed the signature red wax neck and hand-torn label on the Maker’s Mark bottle, essentially revolutionizing the packaging and marketing of distilled liquor? Women have always played a vital role in whiskey and the distilling world in general, albeit often in the shadows.
Bourbon House and their New Orleans Bourbon Society are launching a new series “Whiskey Women” to shine a spotlight on women and their many contributions to the brown spirit we know and love. This by no means is a women-only series. It’s open to all to attend and each dinner will feature delicious food, strong whiskey and spirited conversation around America’s only native spirit—Bourbon!
Our first dinner kicks off with bourbon superstar, Jackie Zykan. Zykan is the Master Taster for Old Forester, the oldest bourbon brand in the country. With her combined background of biology, chemistry and bartending, she’s responsible for product innovation, private barrel selections and quality assurance for Old Forester. She’ll enlighten us with her unique perspective as a woman in the world of whiskey and will guide us as we taste some very special offerings from Old Forester.
Welcome Hors d’oeuvre
Meyer lemon & vanilla cured yellowfin tuna with blood orange meringue
Paired with Our Craft Welcome Cocktail featuring Old Forester
Blackened Avocado Salad
Watercress and halloumi with a strawberry-buttermilk poppy seed dressing
Paired with Old Forester 1870
Pork Tenderloin Medallion
Spring pea puree, crispy shiitake mushrooms, cane glaze
Paired with Old Forester 1897
Butterfly-pea flower risotto, asparagus, compound butter
Paired with Old Forester 1910
Louisiana Strawberry and Dark Chocolate Napoleon
Paired with Old Forester 1920