Location: Horse Farm Dinner, Paris, Kentucky, USA.
We took a Road Trip to Kentucky earlier this summer when ‘Mum’ was visiting from Australia. In our itinerary planning [via stalking instagram & the www] we stumbled across the ‘Original Makers Club‘ looking for farm dinners. One quick glance at their website, we had little hesitation that they knew what they were doing, and we joined one of their dinner series events. What a spectacular event it turned out to be.
The dinner was an exceptional curated cultural experience. Let me tell you – we have been to our share of ‘farm-dinners’ and this one sky-rockets to the top. We were mesmerized. Set on a private horse farm – Augustus Hill Farm in Paris, KY owned by the dapper couple Chet & Diane Lott. Their property created the most poetic & pristine back-drop one could imagine for such an event.
From the minute we arrived we were swaddled in ‘southern hospitality’. Starting with the custom ‘Bulleit’ tear-drop trailer housing the bar for cocktail hour down by the river & log cabin. Here we were introduced, and appropriately so on the first day of summer, to the ‘BLT’ a pre-dinner sipper and our 2013 summer drink of choice. A simple mix: Bourbon + Lemon + Tonic.
At the conclusion of cocktails accompanied by live music, the dinner bell was rung, & we all headed up the hill towards the house for dinner. A simple, yet sumptuous meal created by Cooper Vaughan of Apiary. Words don’t describe this event, however it really did meet its goal of capturing & providing a cultural exchange. As the sun went down out came the cigars, cupcakes and you guessed it more Bourbon, we where after all in Kentucky.
We might have arrived as strangers to this community, yet we left as friends. Thanks Lexington, KY for welcoming us with open arms and showing us a good time. We are looking forward to a return visit, hopefully in the fall to experience Keeneland Racecourse for the October meet. Oh and get yourself to an Original Makers Club event ASAP. You won't regret it.
This video made of the event, by the talented Edward Heavrin captures a glimpse into the experience and fills in what my words leave out.