This year, there will be no vino for me because the show is throwing a soiree they call "A Bourbon Party: Bourbon + Southern Food + Gardens = Modern Entertaining" on Friday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at the new Music CIty Center. The event will be hosted by award-winning garden designer Jon Carloftis; the chefs behind Canal House Cooking, Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton; and the publishers of Bourbon Review, Seth Thompson, Brad Kerrick, Justin Thompson and Bob Edison. As an avid subscriber and reader, I can tell you that the Bourbon Review boys know their corn likker.
The tastings are sponsored by Brown-Forman and will feature Woodford Reserve, Woodford Reserve Double-Oaked, Old Forrester and Jack Daniel's Single Barrel. In addition to "A Bourbon Party," the Canal House chefs will be hosting a lecture with garden designer Jon Carloftis on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. The lecture, "The Finer Things in Life — the Southern Way" will cover entertaining and other lifestyle topics. The Canal House chefs from New Jersey will be signing their latest cookbooks, Canal House Cooking and Canal House Cooks Every Day, following the lecture.