Thursday, January 15, 2015

Developers of Stave & Thief Curriculum Revealed

Yesterday, the Kentucky Distillers' Association (KDA) announced the Stave & Thief Society, a new bourbon certification program targeted at Louisville's hospitality community. They also announced that Louisville's Distilled Spirits Epicenter is coordinating the curriculum and will administer the workshops, learning materials, and exams.

The press release had this to say about the program's origin:

"The inception of Stave & Thief Society came as part of a Bourbon & Food Work Group consisting of business executives, chefs, distillers and tourism leaders assembled by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to further the city’s image as a top food and beverage destination. The bourbon certification curriculum was then developed by an advisory panel that included master distillers, restaurant owners, beverage directors, and spirits industry veterans in partnership with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association."

Neither the press release nor the website itself named names, but upon request they were swiftly provided. They are:

Advisory Panel

CHRIS MORRIS - Master Distiller, Brown-Forman
RICHARD WOLF - Wolf Consulting
PEGGY NOE STEVENS - Bourbon Women, Peggy Noe Stevens and Associates
ERIC GREGORY - President, Kentucky Distillers’ Association
CHRIS ZABOROWSKI - Owner, Westport Whiskey & Wine
KRISTOPHER THOMAS - AGM/Director of Food & Beverage, Louisville Marriott East
ANDREW OTT - Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
COLIN BLAKE - Creative Director, Distilled Spirits Epicenter
KEVIN HALL - Operations Manager, Distilled Spirits Epicenter


STACY YATES - Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
ADAM JOHNSON - Director, Kentucky Bourbon Trail
BRIAN SUR - Charr’d Bourbon Kitchen & Lounge
JACKIE ZYKAN - Doc Crows Southern Smokehouse & Oyster Bar

1 comment:

Doctor Tarr said...

Epicenter? Does that mean the Louisville's Distilled Spirits Center is underground, or do they not know what the word means?