Women, wine and whiskey

| June 22, 2011
The chefs and suppliers for the Salute to Women, Wine and Whiskey evening at The Brown.

The chefs and suppliers for the Salute to Women, Wine and Whiskey evening at The Brown.

Selby Winery, The Brown Hotel and Maker’s Mark held a Salute to Women, Wine and Whiskey last Friday evening. It was fun, tasty and interesting. And it was held to benefit the culinary arts program at Sullivan University.

Dinner guests got to meet the participants, hear their stories and taste their products.

Victoria MacRae-Samuels, vice president of operations for Maker’s Mark, was there, and her cocktails were oh so good!

Chef Katie Payne, of Sullivan University, prepared delicious hors d’oeuvres. My favorite was a mini cannoli country ham salad with Kenny’s cheddar cheese.

Sullivan University representative Hazel Sullivan.

Sullivan University representative Hazel Sullivan.

Susie Selby, of Selby Winery, was taught by her father, who was a doctor first and then a winery owner. She is head of the winery now and has done it all from being a “cellar rat” to now being a winemaker who created Clean Coast wines. They benefit the Gulf Coast cleanup efforts after the 2010 oil spill. Since that time, due to the natural disasters that have devastated parts of the U.S., Clean Coast wines now benefit efforts to aid domestic disaster relief and recovery.

Susie also produces Monkey Business, a wine made simply for your fun and enjoyment. Monkey Business Zinfandel is erupting with ripe flavors of raspberry and dark cherry. Subtle hints of vanilla from the American oak barrels will grip you like a monkey hanging on the highest tree branch. (How is that for being a quick learner?)

There are other fine Selby wines, but after tasting too many, you feel like the monkey in the tree.

Sisters Susan Salome and Alyson Sullivan also represented Sullivan University at The Brown.

Sisters Susan Salome and Alyson Sullivan also represented Sullivan University at The Brown.

Chef Julie Francis, of Nectar Restaurant in Cincinnati, made cured wild salmon with peppered yogurt, marinated oyster mushroom, pea and radish salad with Kentucky paddlefish caviar.

Our Kathy Cary, of Lilly’s, prepared shrimp and lobster dumplings poached in lobster broth with peri-peri sauce, Champagne beurre blanc and cilantro. It was to die for!

Chef Ouita Michel, of Holly Hill Inn in Midway, fixed smoked Kentucky squab, bourbon-soaked cherries and candied oranges over a bacon, scallion and jalapeno spiked Johnny cake. (We call them hoe cakes, and I adore them. Someone of influence saw to it that I got an extra one. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!)

Chef Regina Mehallick, of R Bistro in Indianapolis, did whiskey-marinated lamb loin with sautéed escarole and beetroot.

Nancy Fitch and Maxine Caster enjoying dinner at The Brown.

Nancy Fitch and Maxine Caster enjoying dinner at The Brown.

Chef Meg Galus, of the Park Hyatt in Chicago, did Manjari Cremeaux with hibiscus-poached plums, hazelnut crunch and red fruit sorbet. Oh my!

Susan Maurais, of Ghyslain Chocolatier, served her assorted chocolates accompanied by Consumers Choice Rain Forest Coffee. She and her husband, Ghyslain, have Ghyslain Chocolatier shops in Indiana and here. They have just located in the carriage house on East Market Street behind the old Neurath Funeral Home that is now the Market­hall, home of Creation Gardens.

Their chocolate shop is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have wonderful pastries, sandwiches and ice cream. Ghyslain’s chocolates are not only beautiful but they are also sinful!

Ron Mikulak and Lea Ann Vessels, owner of Olivabela, a Lexington olive oil manufacturer, at The Brown.

Ron Mikulak and Lea Ann Vessels, owner of Olivabela, a Lexington olive oil manufacturer, at The Brown.

The evening was created by Jamie Estes, of Estes Public Relations. Jamie does work only for the best of the food industry, and she is located here in Louisville.

EQUALITY

Saturday evening, Don Wenzel hosted a reception for Rebecca Issacs from Los Angeles. She is executive director of the Equality Federation USA.

This beautiful, charming young woman is a force in the movement for equality in this country.

Sponsors of the evening were Horseshoe Casino and Resort, Lindy Casebier, Mike Berry, Peggy Welsh Mudd, Eric Carter, Shannon Westerman, Patti Hall and Kelly Brendleer, Byron Gatewood and Allen Purnell, Brent Carter and Bob German, Mark England and Mike Handly, Travis Myles and Scott Burchett, David Corbett, Nick Wilkerson, Carla Sue and Brad Broecker, Karen Keute, Bob and Cindy Maddox, Maraia and Tom James, Doug Leezer and David Johnson, Rick Heath and Merrily Orsini, Charles Veneable and Martin Webb, David Roth, Leslie and Joe Hale, Ann Georgehead and Craig Scherman.

photos by CARLA SUE BROECKER | contributing photographer

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