Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, Mich., is dialing up its forthcoming four-course dinner with a planned cocktail competition. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, Journeyman bartenders Blake Vissing and Anna Rafalski will be pitted against each other in four rounds of food and drink pairing. At the end of the meal, diners will decide which mixologist is worthy of waving a victorious swizzle stick
“I cannot wait. I’m super excited about it,” said Vissing. “I’ve got to blow them away with that first drink.”
The Cocktail Classic pairs each course with a separate cocktail. Vissing will develop drinks for the first and third course; Rafalski’s cocktails will be offered during the second course and dessert. .
“With March Madness in full swing, we wanted to add an element of competition to the dinner. It adds some fun and gets the diners interacting with the bartenders and really understanding what spirits go best with certain flavors,” said general manager Tiffany Daughtery.
The evening’s menu includes a roasted squash salad with vinaigrette featuring Journeyman’s apple cider liqueur, Old Country Goodness. The second course is salmon cured with floral flavorings used to create the distillery’s Bilberry Black Hearts Gin. The following course features beef bourguignon made with Featherbone Bourbon. Dessert includes a Michigan apple crisp topped with Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey ice cream, candied bacon and caramel sauce.
Tickets for the dinner are $65 each and include tax and gratuity. Seating will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at the distillery or by calling 269-820-2050.