A special bourbon cocktail inspired by mixologist Joy Perrine from Jack's Lounge will lead off the reception for "A Salute to Women, Wine and Whiskey," a five-course dinner created by executive chef Laurent Géroli held at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., in late March. A portion of proceeds will benefit students at Sullivan University's National Center for Hospitality Studies. For reservations, call 502-583-1234 ext. 7108.
Chicago’s burgeoning cocktail scene now has The Exchange Bar in the Wicker Park area. The cozy bar offers 12 cocktails crafted by former Sepia bartender Peter Vestinos, as well as punches served in vintage bowls. Drinks include the Exchange, employing Death's Door vodka and a pineapple-hibiscus-tarragon soda from Chicago brewery Half Acre. Smoke + Mirror is made with tea-infused tequila, lime juice and egg whites.
Portland, Ore.-area bartenders and all employees of restaurants and bars are invited to The Bartender's Ball, sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey, on Monday, March 15 at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and with Bartender's Ball in the subject line. Planners note, “We are anticipating over 1,000 people at this event, so please feel free to take a lot of embarrassing pictures."