Woodford Reserve

| December 15, 2011

This holiday season, two timeless traditions combine into one at Woodford Reserve.

Chef-in-Residence Ouita Michel will meld elements of a classic Christmas feast featuring warm roasted turkey, stuffing and savory corn pudding while incorporating the long-cherished tradition of straight Kentucky bourbon.

“This is a long tradition at Woodford Reserve,” said Michel. “We try to focus on a traditional, old-fashioned Kentucky Christmas theme. We try to design recipes that are especially good with Woodford Reserve and bourbon, and we spend a lot of time tasting bourbon with different food elements. Everything on the menu is related to bourbon somehow.”

Throughout December, Chef Michel and her team will cook up a delectable lunch buffet for guests to enjoy inside the conference center located in the picturesque campgrounds of the Woodford Reserve Distillery.

The lunch includes layered romaine salad, rosemary turkey, spiced holiday ham, sage and sausage dressing as well as three decadent desserts including chocolate bourbon ball cakes.

“We’ve developed little chocolate bourbon ball cakes with cream cheese,” Michel explained. “We’ve tried to imitate a bourbon ball but it’s like a little cupcake.”

Following the delicious buffet, diners will be able to take a free guided tour of the distillery and walk along Glenn’s Creek, a favorite strolling spot of Woodford’s guests.

Before closing out the day, visit the gift shop for special holiday promotions and discover excellent gift ideas that your friends and family are sure to love.

This one-of-a-kind holiday opportunity ends Dec. 23, so you better hurry down to Versailles for an exquisite meal in a spectacular locale on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

“It’s a wonderful experience for anybody who wants to experience a true, old-fashioned Christmas event,” Michel said. “The distillery is on the national register (of historic places). It’s one of the birth places of bourbon. The conference center where the buffet is set up is along Glenn’s Creek, and it just puts people in the holiday spirit.”

Woodford Reserve Menu

Layered Romaine Salad
Chopped romaine, spring mix, grape tomatoes, red onions, sunflower seeds, feta cheese and handmade croutons with bourbon smoked paprika ranch dressing.

Sunshine Salad
Shredded carrots and raisins in lemon honey vinaigrette.

Old-Fashioned Sorghum Slaw
Shredded red and white cabbage with scallions, herbs and sweet peppers in Woodford Reserve Bourbon sorghum vinaigrette.

Rosemary Roast Turkey
With a scratch-made turkey gravy and Woodford Reserve Cranberry Orange Relish on the side.

Spiced Holiday Ham
Glazed with Bourbon and Orange with Woodford Reserve Blackberry Cumberland Sauce.

Creamy Scalloped New Potatoes
Red-skinned potatoes baked with cream, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.

Old-Fashioned Sage and Sausage Dressing
Ouita’s family recipe made with toasted bread, onion, celery, Stonecross crumbled sausage, butter, parsley and sage.

Corn Pudding
White shoe peg corn baked in a delicate corn custard.

Green Beans Almandine
Fresh steamed with lemon, olive oil and toasted almonds on top.

Happy Jack’s Holiday Acorn Squash
Locally grown and slow roasted with bourbon, brown sugar butter and cinnamon.

Woodford Reserve Signature Chocolate Bread Pudding
Served with bourbon butter sauce.

Woodford Cranberry Apple Crisp

Individual Chocolate Bourbon Ball Cakes
Filled with bourbon chocolate cream cheese, garnished with ganache and toasted wild seedling pecans.

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Ashley Anderson

Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).

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  1. Denise Sterbling says:


    You wouldn’t happen to have any of these recipes, would you? I am especially interested in the corn pudding – it is so good!

    Thank you, Denise Sterbling

    • Ashley Anderson says:

      Hi Denise,

      I’m not sure of the exact recipes or if Woodford likes to have them published, but I would try 859.879.1812 to see if they have any information they can give you. Hope that helps! Happy New Year!