Louisville, KY: September 10-12 2019


Our friends at Brown-Forman are seriously the best. Each year they come up with an exclusive opportunity for Team Hidi patrons to immerse themselves in the culture of Brown-Forman brands.

Before he passed away, Ryan Hidinger took this same trip where he selected the blend for Spirit of the Giving Kitchen, crafted by Woodford Reserve which was proudly served by the Three Bozos (Chris Hall, Ryan Turner and Todd Mussman) at their restaurants Eleanor’s, Local Three Kitchen & Bar and Muss & Turner’s and by Mike Gallagher of Brick Store Pub. For this trip, Woodford Ambassador Guy Leone and the Bozos will be along to (mis)direct your experience.


  • $2,000 voucher to use for air travel. (Winner is responsible for additional costs and upgrades.)

  • Two couples fly to Louisville on a Tuesday with the Bozos where you’ll check in to the Marriott and kick off with a behind-the-scenes tour at Old Forester.

  • Freshen up, then you’re off to explore the local Louisville scene with pointers from the Bozos for drinks, dinner and perhaps a stop in the casino...

  • On Wednesday morning, you’ll tour the cooperage to see how barrels are made.

  • Enjoy a curated barrel tasting, identify your very own favorite, give it a name, then sit tight while the Woodford team crafts your selection into 180 personalized Spirit of bottles to be delivered to Atlanta later in the fall.

  • Spend the rest of the day with the team at Woodford, including a creek-side lunch with Woodford’s master distiller Chris Morris prepared by James Beard nominee chef-in- residence Ouita Michel.

  • Share some laughs and stories under Ryan Hidinger’s tree, which was planted six years ago, and reminisce about his time at Woodford and the conceptualization of Giving Kitchen.

  • Sip some of the Brown-Forman family brands before using your gift card to snag some swag at the Woodford Reserve Shop.

  • Nap? Then you’re off to cocktails and dinner in Louisville.

  • Fly home Thursday, and share the tales of your epic adventure with all your jealous friends.

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