Woodford Reserve Pairing and Sharing Program

Any chef or foodie worth their salt knows the name Trotter. It’s the name that launched the careers of hundreds of award-winning talent and inspired countless others as a pioneer of modern American cuisine. But beyond his iconic kitchen status, Chef Charlie Trotter was a highly dedicated philanthropist (winner of a James Beard Foundation Humanitarian Award, in fact) whose charitable legacy continues today through The Trotter Project, a 501 ©(3) organization creating opportunities for young talent within the culinary arts and hospitality industry through the Pillars of Excellence.

To celebrate Trotter and his contributions to the industry, Edible Chicago is partnering with Woodford Reserve’s Pairing and Sharing ProgramNow through September 17, participating Chicago chefs and bartenders are teaming up to create incredible bites and drinks pairings. From each order, Woodford Reserve donating one dollar ($10,000 max donation) to The Trotter Project. Consider it a feel-good bonus for something you’d be doing anyway.

Don’t expect anything less than solid with chefs and bartenders paying homage to the legend. Think: Chef Steve LoTempio’s chilled carrot and peach soup paired with Owner Christopher Marty’s Woodford Reserve rye, Bitter Truth EXR, Luxardo Angioletto, maple-smoked simple syrup and a few dashes of Peychaud's and Regan’s Orange No. 6 bitters for the Running Out of Angels cocktail.  Or how about Chef de cuisine John Kirchner’s jamon Iberico and sweet maple butter-studded Brussels sprouts with Lead bartender Danielle Lewis’s Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board cocktail with Woodford Rye, Dolin Blanc, Fernet Branca and a few dashes of peach bitters?

Tap into the end of summer bounty with Bar manager Scott Stroemer’s bourbon peach sour featuring Woodford Reserve bourbon, Italian vermouth, Michigan peaches, honey, lemon and hazelnut, paired with an inventive peach cake loaded with praline crunch, toasted hazelnuts, peach mousse and olive-oil peach gelato from pastry chef Leigh Omilinsky. Get a taste from Trotter alum, Chef Bill Kim, with his watermelon salad with shrimp and nuoc cham dressing. It pairs up nicely with General Manager Kate Bocson’s aptly named cocktail, The Charlie, featuring Woodford Reserve bourbon, blackberry drinking vinegar, Cocchi Americano, lemon juice, Chareau aloe liqueur and lemon bitters.

Thirsty for more? Check out the full line-up here. Since pairing is always better when there’s sharing, this is a good opportunity to plan your own crawl with a group of friends. Just make sure to act fast—the program is going on now through September 17.

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Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 43.2%-45.2% Alc./Vol. The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY. WOODFORD RESERVE is a registered trademark. ©2017 Brown-Forman. All rights reserved. Woodford Reserve will donate $1 per Woodford Reserve cocktail sold at participating restaurants in New York and Chicago from August 17 to September 17 to benefit The Trotter Project. ($10,000 max. donation)