Bourbon & Beyond Announces Culinary and Bourbon Lineup

With less than a month until the return of Bourbon & Beyond, the lineup of multi-sensory opportunities showcasing America’s best chefs and Louisville’s bourbon culture has been announced.

Leading the Culinary demonstrations on the Monogram Culinary Stage are hosts Chef Chris Santos (Chopped) and Chef Edward Lee (The Mind of a Chef). They will be joined by renowned chef personalities including Darnell Ferguson (Louisville’s own Food Network star) and Sara Bradley (Top Chef contestant), among others. The hosts of The Bourbon Experience on the Kentucky Venues Bourbon Stage include bourbon expert Chris Blandford and Chef Amanda Freitag [Top Chef and Chopped]. They will be joined by special guests including the world’s leading bourbon authority Fred Minnick, among others. 

Other special guests of the weekend include actors Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley (behind Brother’s Bond Bourbon), actor Graham McTavish (Outlander, Men in Kilts), singer Wayne Newton, and more artists to be announced. 

The full lineup of culinary talent at Bourbon & Beyond includes (subject to change):

  • Amanda Freitag 
  • Brian Klemm 
  • Chris Santos 
  • Christian Petroni 
  • Claudette Zepeda 
  • Danny Lee 
  • Darnell Ferguson 
  • Edward Lee 
  • Maneet Chauhan 
  • Pappy & Company 
  • Pig Beach
  • Sara Bradley 
  • Tom Jackson (Kamado Joe) 

The full lineup of spirit panelists at Bourbon & Beyond includes (subject to change):

  • Bernie Lubbers (Heaven Hill)
  • Blake Riber (Bourbonr and Seelbach-s
  • Brandon O’Daniel (Copper & Kings) 
  • Brandon Smith (The Daily Dram) 
  • Brian Probus (The Firkin Podcast Co-Host) 
  • Bruce Russell (Wild Turkey) 
  • Carrie Greener (Pappy & Co) 
  • Chris Blandford (Bourbon Stage Host and The Firkin Podcast Co-Host) 
  • Christian Huber (Starlight Distillery) 
  • Dan Callaway (Bardstown Bourbon Company) 
  • Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey) 
  • Fred Minnick (Blind Bourbon Live) 
  • Graham McTavish (McTavish Spirits) 
  • Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley (Brother’s Bond) 
  • Ian Sulkowski (Brown Forman) 
  • Jamar Mack (Kentucky Original Black Bourbon Enthusiasts) 
  • Jessica-Ann Adkins (H&A Barrel Management) 
  • John Wadell (Peerless) 
  • Kenny Coleman (Bourbon Pursuit) 
  • Lili McCabe Lambert (Galaxie Bar) 
  • Lisa Ueltschi & Dewanna Walker (Murray’s Cheese Shop) 
  • Matt Wheatley (Heaven’s Door) 
  • Melissa Rift (Old Forester) 
  • Nicole Austin (George Dickel) 
  • Owen Martin (Angel’s Envy) 
  • Richie Michaels (Uncle Nearest) 
  • S.C. Baker (Epiphany Bar and 2022 Winner of “The Louisville”) 
  • Sherri Jenkins (Epiphany Bar, 2023 USBG Member of the Year) 
  • Steve Higdon (Big Bourbon Club) 
  • Susie Hoyt (The Pearl) 
  • Tracey and Scott Jacobs (Inclusion Brands) 
  • Tyler Zoller (Louisville Bourbon Buzz) 
  • Willy Herrera (Drew Estates)


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