Equus & Jack’s Lounge long-time bartender and much-honored Bourbon expert Joy Perrine gets one more honor tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 21 when Equus, 122 Sears Ave., hosts a dinner to celebrate Perrine’s induction into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame.
Perrine, a 50-year industry veteran of the Kentucky liquor business, has been the mainstay at the bar at Equus and Jack’s Lounge for the last 30 years, according to a press release. At the dinner in her honor, all four courses will be paired with signature bourbon cocktails by Perrine.
Among the honors and distinctions Perrine has accrued, according to the press release, are being named the “Bad Girl of Bourbon” by Esquire magazine, winning both Louisville’s “Best Bartender” and “Best Cocktail” awards, winning three Brown-Forman drink-invention contests and having her old-fashioned recipe featured in Food & Wine magazine. Each month, she creates a new list of martinis and cocktails for Jack’s Lounge.
The Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Kentucky Bourbon Festival created the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame In 2001 as a way “to recognize individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on Bourbon’s stature, growth and awareness.” It is the highest honor given by the industry. In September, the induction ceremony for new members into the Hall of Fame will take place during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.
Here is the menu for Equus & Jack’s celebration menu for Perrine:
Bibb lettuce salad with Fuji apple and crispy country ham, served with a Kentucky Bourbon Cider; diver scallops over maple polenta, with cranberry ginger gastrique and crispy leeks, paired with a Bardstown Cocktail; filet served with herb brown sugar barley and braised kale greens, paired with an Old Fashioned; and devil’s food cake with chocolate Woodford ice cream, served with a Bourbon Ball cocktail.
The evening begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. The dinner with cocktails is $75. Call (502) 897-9721.