Sample over 30 whiskeys at Southern Whiskey Association event

The first food and whiskey event in Central Tennessee, MADE SOUTH Southern Whiskey Association, is coming to Franklin next month.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample whiskeys from 30 of the South’s best distilleries along with food tastings from 10 award-winning chefs in-house at Franklin’s Liberty Hall on August 6.

“This event is for people who are a little adventurous, and who like to try new and different things,” said Chris Thomas, founder of MADE SOUTH. “I want the chefs to be stunned by the creativity of the chefs and to explore different whiskeys they haven’t had the chance to try or may not even have heard of.”

Thomas held the inaugural Southern Whiskey Association event in 2017. He wanted to expand the experience of connecting with friends over a new bottle of whiskey to a larger segment of the community.

“I started dreaming of what it would look like if we invited more people into this kind of experience and what it would look like if we threw some really great food into the mix,” Thomas said.

Premium whiskey brands for this event include household names like Woodford Reserve to out-of-state distilleries like Mississippi’s Cathead Distillery to local brands like Leiper’s Fork Distillery and the new Franklin Distillery. Attendees also have the opportunity to add an entire bottle of one of the 2022 Southern Whiskey Society Private Selection Whiskeys to their event ticket:

• Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Whiskey

• Liber Fork Single Barrel Distillery Strength Barrel Tennessee Whiskey

• Woodford Reserve Kentucky Street Bourbon

• Rare character straight bourbon proof whiskey barrel

These whiskeys will be paired with food from some of the South’s most famous chefs: Ben Norton of Husk; Brian Morris of Hattie B’s; Cainnon Gregg of Pelican Oyster Co. ; Chad Newton and Gracie Nguyen from East Side Vu; Mark Terrain from Keeneland; Matthew Statham of Saw’s BBQ; Owen Klein of Hardee’s; Thomas Tugle of 1799 Kitchen and Cocktails; and Trey Cioccia from Black Rabbit.

A portion of ticket sales for the event will benefit One Generation Away, a non-profit organization that strives to end hunger by salvaging surplus food from grocery stores and restaurants and redistributing it to families in need.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 6, from 6-9 pm. Early Admission ticket holders may arrive at 5 p.m. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit www.madesouth.com.

The 2022 Southern Whiskey Society is sponsored by The Mountain Valley Spring Water and Eli Mason. This event is limited to those 21 years of age and older.

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