In celebration of bourbon month and its impending finish (insert sad face here), Chat Chow TV and Bulleit are hosting their second annual bourbon dinner tomorrow at Lure Fishbar.
The five-course, Southern style meal brings the "South to South Beach," and for the second time has Rob Ferrara (last year's dinner was held at Swine) concocting five specialty bourbon cocktails.
Josh Capon will put Southern twists on some Lure classics for Thursday night's menu. Emphasis is on bourbon and all its various elements. Those same things that make up whiskey -- corn, barely and rye -- as well as the actual spirit, will be put to work in the menu. So you're not just drinking bourbon, but also eating it. Who doesn't love to eat rye?
The evening will start with an deviled egg amuse bouche topped with American caviar followed by crispy East Coast oysters with hearts of palm slaw, caper remoulade and lemon. Sounds like an oyster explosion in your mouth.
Two entrees -- one meat, one fish -- paired with two distinct Bulleit cocktails will be sure to whet your whistle. Look out for the small batch bourbon in the cornmeal crusted yellowtail snapper that's also got an apple cider reduction and sautéed collard greens. Or in the Bulleit barbecue baby back ribs served with slaw and grilled cayenne watermelon (wut?). In case that's not enough, you can put more South in your mouth via the shrimp and grits "side." We'll take it.
While Ferrara is keeping his creations a surprise till the evening of, we got word on one of the libations. The "Full Mast" mixes Bulleit, benedictine, Oloroso sherry, lairds applejack and orange bitters.
Dessert wraps up the festivities with an old fashioned ... ice cream. Think bourbon caramel and angostura bitters ice cream topped with whipped cream. We're unsure as to whether there's bourbon in the whipped cream. Only one way to find out.
Make your reservation for tomorrow's Bulleit and Chat Chow TV bourbon dinner at 7:30 p.m. by calling 305-695-4550. Tickets cost $100 per person and are inclusive of tax and gratuity. Last thing anyone wants after all that bourbon is to have to figure out percentages.
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Can't make dinner and want to make the FULL MAST at home? Watch the video below, courtesy of Chat Chow.
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