Bourbon & Beyond\’s Full Culinary Lineup Is Announced With Louisville Top Chefs Teaming Up With National Talent

The full culinary lineup for the world’s largest bourbon festival is out. Bourbon & Beyond attendees can expect to see the likes of Decca’s Annie Pettry teaming up with New York and Washington, D.C. chef – and Louisville native – Akhtar Nawab demonstrating best-of-the-bluegrass dishes. Milkwood’s Kevin Ashworth joins Cincinnati chef Jose Salazar to show why a great steak pairs better with bourbon instead of red wine. Festival bourbon curator Fred Minnick partners with Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio to discuss the chemistry of good food and drink—how the chemical transformation of bourbon in the barrel mirrors the techniques of food in the pan.
These chefs round out the unparalleled entertainment taking place at Bourbon & Beyond Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 at Champions Park in Louisville. It includes live music sets by Sting, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, Counting Crows, David Byrne, plus dozens more, as well as 30 bourbon and food-focused experiences. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
The lineup of chef demos includes:
  • Milkwood chef Kevin Ashworth with Mita chef Jose Salazar
  • Decca chef Annie Pettry with Alta Calidad chef Akhtar Nawab
  • Bourbon & Beyond culinary curator chef Edward Lee with MasterChef judge Aaron Sanchez
  • Bourbon & Beyond bourbon curator Fred Minnick with Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio
  • Seviche chef Anthony Lamas with Great White chef Alex Thomopolous
  • Bourbon & Beyond culinary curator chef Edward Lee with Brothers and Sisters chef Erik Bruner Yang
  • Food Network host Damaris Phillips with Broken Spanish chef Ray Garcia
  • HiCotton Hospitality’s Ryan Rogers and bar Vetti chef Andrew McCabe with Iron Chef Gauntlet winner Stephanie Izard
Various musicians performing at the festival will also get a chance to show off their culinary prowess. Look for more details to be announced in the coming weeks.
Festivalgoers will delight in the true taste of Louisville Cuisine, enjoying offerings from over a dozen local restaurants including:
Boss Hog BBQ
Citizen 7
Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar
Eli’s BBQ
Gelato Gilberto
Hull & Highwater
Joella’s Hot Chicken
Merles Whisky Kitchen
Midway Café
Ramiro’s Cantina
River Road BBQ
Steel City Ice Pops
Whalon’s Feed & Firewater
Whiskey Dry
502 Café
Beloved bourbon bar and restaurant The Silver Dollar will host an exclusive drink experience featuring experimental, rare and hard to find bourbons at The Hunter’s Club.
Those looking for additional experiences beyond Champions Park can take part in exclusive distillery excursions from Mint Julep Experiences including Blade & Bow, Bulleit, Jefferson’s Reserve, Jeptha Creed, Kentucky Artisan, Limestone Branch, Maker’s Mark and Wild TurkeyBourbon & Beyond is also partnering with the Muhammad Ali Center, which will host the Friday Night Supper Club in addition to offering festival ticket packages with special museum admission pricing and opportunities to attend the nationally recognized Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.
For Our Love of Kentucky” pre-show events on Friday, September 21 are quickly selling out. However, select tickets are still available. These include:
Bourbon & Beyond Presents
St. Paul & The Broken Bones | Iroquois Amphitheater | 8 p.m.
Friday Night Supper Clubs presented by Angel’s Envy
Legends Dinner featuring Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio and Bourbon & Beyond culinary curator Edward Lee (at the Muhammad Ali Center)
Supper Club at Seviche Ft. Anthony Lamas [SOLD OUT]
Stave & Thief Society:
Exploring Bourbon Workshops
Presented by the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Tours
Find more information about all the “For Our Love of Kentucky” pre-show events at