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.
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.
The Roosevelt: “It’s LITT”
Shelby Hastings knows they've got a good thing going at this iconic stop, thanks to Chef Lee Gregory.
Shagbark: “Papa Bundy’s Paw Paws”
Derek Salerno makes it personal for Chef Walter Bundy.
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