Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon?
Setting the Table for Tastings, Food Pairings, Dinners, and Cocktail Parties
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
A good bottle of bourbon should be enjoyed in good company. During their travels in bourbon country and beyond to conduct tastings and seminars, entertainment experts Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler often heard the question, "How do I do this in my home?" This book is their definitive answer. Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? offers a step-by-step guide to hosting a successful bourbon-tasting party -- complete with recipes, photos, and tips for beginners and experienced aficionados alike.
From decorations to glassware, this one-stop resource will guide readers from the day they mail invitations to the moment they welcome guests through the door. Alongside their favorite snack, entrée, dessert, and cocktail recipes, Stevens and Reigler offer expert tips and tricks from the trade on how to set up a bar, arrange tables, and pair recipes with specific bourbons. Once readers are ready, Stevens and Reigler move on to advanced pairings for the bourbon foodie and present two innovative examples of tasting parties -- a bourbon cocktail soiree and, of course, the traditional Kentucky Derby party. Inspired by the hosting traditions of five Kentucky distilleries, this book promises to motivate bourbon lovers to start their own bourbon-tasting traditions and to expand the expertise of longtime bourbon enthusiasts.
"Authors Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler, much like my grandmother Margie Samuels, are experts in popularizing and beautifying the world of bourbon. Throughout the book, Stevens contributes a grace and style which have been constants throughout her long, varied career as a marketer, event planner, and global advocate for all things bourbon; and Reigler blends a biologist's passion for the science behind bourbon with the discerning palate of a true foodie. Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon? provides the next best thing to sitting between them at a bourbon-themed dinner in my Kentucky home." -- Rob Samuels, eighth-generation distiller and Chief Distillery Officer of Maker's Mark
"If there were two people I would turn to for help with bourbon and food, they would be Peggy and Susan. Individually, their knowledge and experience are impressive, but together, their collective depth and wisdom are staggering. Put your faith in this duo and let them help you entertain, amaze, and blow minds in a style worthy of Kentucky's hospitality-rich and bourbon-drenched history. This book should be a shelf staple for any self-respecting bourbon fan." -- Rob Allanson, managing editor of American Whiskey magazine