Mayor Greg Fisher has created a Bourbon and Food Work Group to increase the number of travelers visiting Louisville for dining and drinking. Standing behind the bar at Bourbons Bistro, the Mayor signed an executive order "to develop a plan to promote Louisville as the best culinary and beverage city in the world," adding "what Napa Valley is to food and wine, I want Louisville to be to food and bourbon."
Kathy Cary was selected to co-chair the work group alongside Wild Turkey's Rick Robinson. Among the 34-member group are bourbon distillers, tourism officials and local chefs including Edward Lee, Dean Corbett, Vincenzo Gabriele, Karter Lewis, Anthony Lamas, Susan Hershberg, Peng Looi, Rhonda Kamar and Ivor Chodkowski. The group has four months to develop a workable plan for the city, private business and others, including a downtown bourbon tourism center where people can catch buses to visit the state's distilleries. Some of the cats Kathy will be co-herding include Rob Samuels from Maker's Mark, Brown-Forman's Chris Morris and Larry Kass from Heaven Hill. It was not reported that there was a rimshot after Mayor Fisher said "Louisville has a renowned food and bourbon culture—and we are about to take it to an even higher proof."
·Mayor Creates Bourbon and Food Work Group [Mayor Greg Fisher Newsroom]
·All Eater Coverage of Kathy Cary