Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m., Varanese, Frankfort Ave., will host a Maker’s Mark themed Bourbon dinner that will feature one of the first public tastings of Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Bourbon, bottled at 113.2 proof, straight from the barrel,uncut and unfiltered, a libation usually only available at the Maker’s Mark gift shop.
After a reception featuring the “So Long to Summer” cocktail, dinner will begin with a tasting flight of White Dog, Maker’s Mark, Makers 46, and Barrel Proof Maker’s, which will accompany  a starter of lump crab cake, Bibb lettuce and marinated tomato-cucumber salsa. The second course will be watermelon, feta cheese and heirloom tomato salad with strawberry, Bourbon and cracked pepper vinaigrette.
The entree will be crispy quail stuffed with sausage and egg, butternut squash with maple syrup and vanilla puree and roasted Brussels sprouts. The drink with the entree will be a “Cherry-Vanilla Sassafras Old Fashioned.”  Dessert will be “Kentucky Saltwater Taffy”–peach cobbler with sweet corn ice cream with warm Bourbon dulche de leche.
Dinner and Bourbon pairings will be $55. Call (502) 899-9904 or email letsdine@varanese.com.