Woodford Reserve Distillery is preparing for a valentine's day dinner. Chef Ouita Michel dreamed up a special menu with chocolate in every dish.
The distillery in Versailles, Kentucky will also host a special tasting Woodford and Chocolate event on February 16th. It's a chance for bourbon fans to learn the distinct notes of this Kentucky bourbon.
Woodford Reserve Distillery's White Chocolate Champagne Vinaigrette
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/3 cup champagne vinegar
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine orange juice and vinegar. Heat until warm to the touch and just beginning to simmer.
Remove from heat, whisk in white chocolate pieces until melted and smooth. Whisk in olive oil, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with your favorite lettuces, julienne dried apricots, baby tomatoes and toasted black walnuts.
Yield: 1 1/4 cups vinaigrette
Woodford Reserve Distillery's Chocolate Chipotle Spice Marinade
3/4 cup Kentucky sorghum
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons Woodford Reserve Bourbon
1 tablespoon minced chipotle in adobo
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks
Blend sorghum, soy sauce, Woodford Reserve Bourbon, chipotle, ginger and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat until mixture just begins to simmer.
Remove from heat and whisk in bittersweet chocolate. Blend until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Cool to room temperature.
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
For beef skewers:
1 pound beef tenderloin or prime rib
Cut raw beef tenderloin or prime rib in 1-inch cubes and toss in Chocolate Chipotle Spice Marinade until completely moistened. Marinate in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Lift the beef cubes from the marinade and place on a roasting rack. Roast for 10 - 15 minutes, until the beef is cooked to medium or medium well. Remove from oven, serve warm on skewers.
Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer
Valentines Dinner and Lantern Tour at the Woodford Reserve Distillery
February 14th or February 15th
5:30 p.m- 9:00 p.m.
$50 plus tax and Gratuity
Event Max- 40 people each night
Enjoy a romantic Valentine dinner and Lantern Tour at Woodford Reserve Distillery on Thursday, February 14th or Friday, February 15th. Chef Ouita and her culinary team have put together a delicious menu with gourmet chocolate touches throughout.
Begin at 5:30 p.m. with a tour through our gift shop-purchase a special Woodford Reserve Bottle engraved with your sweetheart's name.
At 6:00 p.m. enjoy an evening tour of our historic distillery, and then join us in the Dryer House for a special Sparkling Woodford Reserve cocktail, hors d'oeuvres and sit down to a delicious dinner in central Kentucky's most beautiful setting.
Reservations are required and can be made by contacting reservations at (859) 879.1953 or catering@ b-f.com This event is only for those guests who are 21 years of age or older. A credit card number must be given to secure a reservation.
Flavors of Woodford: Woodford Reserve and Chocolate
February 16th, 2013
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$50 per person plus tax
Event Maximum - 50 guests
Nothing elevates the taste of chocolate like a sip of Woodford Reserve. Join our Chef-in-Residence, Ouita Michel, and Midway School Bakery's Pastry Chef, Carrie Warmbier, as they discuss how to judge quality in chocolate and present a chocolate flavor wheel. We will serve liquid chocolate and three small chocolate desserts as well as make a specialty chocolate cocktail and a Woodford Reserve cocktail. Finish your sensory experience with a private tour of our distillery to discover the five sources of flavor that make our bourbon unique and authentic.
Reservations are required and can be made by contacting reservations at (859) 879.1953 or catering@ b-f.com This event is only for those guests who are 21 years of age or older. A credit card number must be given to secure a reservation. Credit cards will be charged the full amount at 9:00 AM EST on February 13th, 2013. Guests can cancel their reservation anytime before that date/time with no penalty, however a refund will not be issued, nor be applied to a future event if you cancel any time after the date and time specified above.
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