Bourbon Cocktails With a Culinary Bent—All For a Good Cause

Woodford Reserve’s Pair and Share Project returns to RVA.

August 28, 2018 ● 2 min read

The connection between bartender and chef, between back of house and front, is sacred and symbiotic in all those ways that sound a little sappy the deeper in you get.

It’s so powerful, in fact, that it serves as the inspiration behind The Woodford Reserve Pair & Share program. For the month of September, featured bartenders throughout Richmond, Virginia will design a Woodford Reserve-based cocktail inspired by a signature dish or personal favorite on their chef’s menu. It’s a unique chance to witness a personal spin on the delicate art of food and beverage pairing, and we’re into it.

As bourbons go, you can’t really ask for a better palate paint-box than Woodford Reserve, which boasts more than 200 detectable flavors, from warm caramel and woody tobacco all the way to rose and honeysuckle.

The cherry on the bourbon sundae: Woodford Reserve will donate $1 from each cocktail sold at participating restaurants straight to No Kid Hungry, so you can spread the good vibes with every drink you try. The program has raised over $30,000 for various food-related charities since 2016—one perfect pairing at a time.

Below, the 12 match-ups to plan your month around:


Acacia“Tres Stellas”
Mike Truxton's ode to Chef Dale Reitzer.

Brenner Pass“Bourbon, Brûléed"
Shannon Hood considers the pastry prowess of Chef Olivia Wilson.

Heritage“Monkey Trick”
Lindsey Scheer's got two tricks up her sleeve behind the stick—she'll also offer a non-alcoholic option to honor the sobriety of Chef Joe Sparatta.

L'Opossum“Throwing Shade”
A friendly jab from Will Seidensticker to Chef James Garland at the tiny spot that's won everyone's heart.

The Jasper“Golden Boy”  
An ode from Jeremy Wilson to Chef Chris Stough.

Lemaire“Peachy Keen”
End-of-summer stone fruit gets in on the homage from Tara Schleinkofer to Chef Patrick Willis.

Metzger Bar & Butchery“Sage Words”
Kjell Anderson's nod to their whip-smart leader, Chef Brittanny Anderson.

Pasture“The Apple of My Rye”
Eloquence meets eloquence in this liquid letter from Brittanny Jones to Chef Jason Alley.

Perch“Rust and Stardust”
Consider it an opening gift at this buzzy new spot from Kristel Poole to Chef Mike Ledesma.

The Roosevelt“It’s LITT”
Shelby Hastings knows they've got a good thing going at this iconic stop, thanks to Chef Lee Gregory.

Saison“Woodford Collins”
A classic cocktail with a little more oomph from Justin Ayotte to Chef Adam Hall.

Shagbark“Papa Bundy’s Paw Paws”
Derek Salerno makes it personal for Chef Walter Bundy.


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