Bourbon, Events, Places to Eat

Original Maker’s Club Dinner Series With Woodford Reserve and County Club

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On June 12, I got to attend a private event hosted by the Original Makers Club and they partnered with Woodford Reserve and County Club. The OMC hosts several events throughout the year at various places.

“The Original Makers Club is dedicated to bringing you content that illustrates, creates, documents and archives the culture of a chosen city. Currently curating Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati & Brooklyn. Since early 2012, Original Makers Club has curated a series of events in Kentucky and beyond that bring our publication, members and city to life.  Since then Original Makers Club has produced dinners, polo exhibitions, derby parties, the KY Bourbon Affair, Garden & Gun Magazine horse racing events, southern Bourbon celebrations and so much more.  These events carry the intent to reveal the many talents of our members to a community that yearns for events that are concerned more about going into depth, and not breadth.”  —via

I had been wanting to try County Club for forever, but we never got around to it. We had always ended up going elsewhere, so I was ecstatic that we got to attend an event hosted by them. Plus, my husband is a huge fan of Woodford Reserve, which made it a win-win. For those that don’t know, Woodford Reserve is bourbon. Woodford Reserve is the oldest and smallest distillery in Kentucky and it traces its origins to 1797 when Elijah Pepper began distilling in Woodford County. They also have one of the only heat cycled barrelhouses in the world.

County Club is a farm-to-table restaurant located in Lexington, Kentucky near West Sixth Brewing (And your eyes aren’t fooling you; it’s County Club, not country club. Lexington has a lot of farm-to-table restaurants, as well as lots more that source their ingredients locally.

“County Club is a restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky committed to exploring and expanding the American tradition of smoking meats using hardwoods and low temperatures. It examines barbecue classics by utilizing responsibly raised Kentucky cow, hog, sheep, goat, and chicken while applying flavor traditions from around the world.”—via

Each of the cocktails were speciality drinks and were made with Woodford Reserve. My favorite was the Kentucky Red Zinger.

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Punky Monkey: Woodford Reserve, Appleton 10, Pineapple, Lemon, Angostura, Peychaud, and Cardamom

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Kentucky Red Zinger: Woodford Reserve, Hibiscus, Ginger, Lemon, and Honey.

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The event lasted a few hours and it was such a gorgeous evening for it. The weather was perfect. There was so much amazing food. For the appetizers, we had Smoked Berkshire Pork Belly with Pineapple BBQ and County BBQ Chips. I used to never like barbecue sauce. And everyone knows with barbecue sauce that no two are alike. But I tried this appetizer, which was smoked berkshire pork belly with pineapple barbecue and it was heavenly. I kept going back and eating more and more, but since it was an appetizer (and I already had several of the BBQ chips too), I had to save room for all the food that was yet to come and there was A LOT!!

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(this wasn’t my plate, but this was a plate for our half of the table}

For our starters,  we had sunrise sourdough, fried green tomatoes, and marinated tomato salad. For our main course, we had smashed garlic potatoes, smoked berkshire pork ribs, and smoked Kentucky chicken. The smashed garlic potatoes and pork ribs were my absolute favorite. The meat was so tender that it just fell right off the bone.

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(this wasn’t my bowl, but this was a bowl for our half of the table}

Of course, there was a dessert; banana salted caramel pudding. Banana pudding is one of my favorites and such a Southern classic. I absolutely loved it. My husband even liked it and he hates bananas.

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Something you may not have known about me is that I USED to be a picky eater (but NOT anymore). I would eat the same foods, maybe out of habit. But I would’ve rather stayed in my comfort zone. I hated when people would pester me to try new foods. I would have tried it on my own time. And teasing and annoying me or shaming me was one sure fire way to have made that never happen. I also hated that people had preconceived notions about picky eaters being entitled or difficult, because that shows their true ignorance and inability to understand the issue.

I married a guy that will eat and try almost anything. Well, everything except coconuts and bananas, which he doesn’t like. However, over the past two years, I would NOT consider myself a picky eater anymore. I’m so glad that I am not, because I probably never would have wanted to go to any foodie event, in fear of what they might have. I’m so glad that isn’t the case anymore. I’ve branched out and tried more new foods and flavors that I can count. After all, it’s super easy living in a city like I do with so many locally owned restaurants and foodie events and food festivals.

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This event was also extra special for us, because the day before it was our five year wedding anniversary, so it was pretty cool that we got an extra way to celebrate it (We celebrated just the two of us on that following Monday) I can’t wait to go back for lunch and dinner. If you are in the Lexington area, this is one restaurant, that you don’t want to miss out on!

*Tickets for OMC’s next event, Southern Supper and Shoot, can be found here. Tickets are $75 each and the event is on July 9th.

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  • Looks like it was a really fun event! And that hibiscus drink looks delicious!

  • Rebecca Bryant

    what a fun event. I love a good event with good food. That dessert looks delish. So happy you had fun.

  • Greta Hollar

    Everything looks so good and so much fun! Also, love your dress!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Jessica Hughes

    This looks like a great event! The banana pudding looks amazing!

  • Di Hickman

    Looks like you had fun, and yep the Red Zinger would be my fav too as I don’t like cardamom!

  • All the food just made my mouth water. yummmm

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  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    The food looks incredible. I love the look of the banana pudding!!

  • Casey

    That Red Zinger sounds soooooo delicious!

  • Debra Hawkins

    Banana Salted Caramel pudding? I need that in my life. It looks so good!

  • The food and drinks look amazing! I will be putting this spot down as a must try the next time I am out there. http://www.thebusinessref.com

    • It is definitely such a yummy restaurant. Plus the ingredients are local. It would be considered a farm-to-table restaurant 🙂

  • The Kentucky Red Zinger looks amazing, I love the dress you have on too and the heels. Glad you had a good time.

    • Thanks so much! I got the dress at Nordstrom I believe. the bran is Fire by Los Angeles. I can’t remember where I got the shoes!

  • MimiBakerMN

    That sounds like an amazing experience. If they came up to the D.C. area, my hubby and I would be sure to go! Congrats on your recent 5 yr anniversary.

    • It was so much fun! I think the OMC is mostly focusing on Kentucky right now. I’m not really sure? The food was courtesy of the restaurant, but I’m sure they probably have something similar to that in D.C, perhaps!.

      Thanks so much!! (My husband is originally from Los Angeles, but when he was a pre-teen, his family moved to D.C. because his dad’s job transferred him).

  • Those cocktails look so tasty and refreshing!

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  • Oooh, those cocktails look so good!
    What a fun experience.
    xoxo, Jenny

  • Rachel Ritlop

    How cute is that set up?? Love watching your photos on Instagram too!

  • This looks like it was a fun event! That Punky Monkey drink would probably be my favorite.

  • soniya

    All the cocktails looks so refreshing !!Lovely post 🙂

  • Katie Carrico

    Looks like a great night! Love that you’ve overcome being a picky eater!

  • Toni Williams

    I love the farm to table concept of restaurants! I’m glad you had a great time…it is definitely fabulous!

    • I think it is so great that support the local farmers. It makes a difference knowing that you are supporting someone local (the farmers, the restaurant itself) and knowing where your food came from!

  • everything looks great and I love the layout of those tables!

    • I wish I could have one of them. I think it would cool to have inside my house as a table or even outside on my patio!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Ooooo I love these types of events!!! Anything the is based on yummy cocktails and food is something I need to be at!

  • Holy crap, that banana pudding looks INSANE. Never had any before but it sounds like heaven on earth!

  • Becca Wilson

    All of that food and drinks look so great! I am glad that you finally got a chance to visit.

  • This sounds uber fun! The Smoked Berkshire Pork Belly sounds yummy (I freaking love pork belly — have some sitting in my freezer now!) those drinks look absolutely delish! I’m still somewhat of a picky eater too but I have been branching out trying different things, so kudos to you!

  • ashley

    The food looks fabulous, what a fun night!

  • Saw your post on Blog Passion Project, but realized you were from Lexington and had to say “hello!” I used to live in Lexington but am not in Southeastern KY. This looks like such a great event — and the appetizer looks especially delicious!

    • That’s so awesome! I’m originally from Pikeville, but I moved to Lexington eight years ago. It was such an amazing time with such delicious food. I was seriously impressed!