Maker's Mark Bourbon Discovery Dinner--Red Medicine 10 courses exclusive to media
Maker’s Mark hosted an intimate, informal, but informative dinner for twelve of LA’s finest journalists and food bloggers at the hot Vietnamese restaurant, Red Medicine.
The Maker’s Mark Bourbon Discovery Dinner at Red Medicine was an exclusive event serving up a specialty menu with one of a kind handcrafted Maker’s Mark bourbon drinks. The educational evening for media only, showcased Maker’s Mark cocktails and the finest bourbon food creations of highly inventive and creative celebrity chef Jordan Kahn, who Frank Bruni of The New York Times once compared to Jackson Pollack.
Red Medicine is small but quaint and located almost hidden on the Wilshire corner by La Cienega. The interior was of stone and modern, and the servers were there to cater to us and help facilitate the event, not socialize.
April Gallegos, Maker’s Mark Diplomat, was the gracious host and bourbon educator.
Each dish, a total of 10 including 2 desserts, consisted of many unusual ingredients but well placed together and beautifully presented. One would definitely agree that the menu in itself was and is unique. It is hard for me to say, what was my favorite dish, considering the Imperial Wagyu Beef Brisket cut like butter and almost melted in my mouth.
Other menu items included Brussels sprouts, roasted black and tender with caramelized shallots, fish sauce, and vermouth, served with shrimp chips and Thai basil. The sprouts were the perfect texture, not too tender, and the flavors were scrumptious. The shrimp chips are addictive. I’m wondering where to buy them.
The rest of the food was even more creative and innovative and beautifully presented.
Table favorites were the beef tartare, the sword fin squid, and the tomatoes.
Dessert was served even as we all sat stuffed. The coconut bavarois was a mix of coffee, condensed milk, Thai basil, and a peanut croquant. I am lactose intolerant so I did not indulge but savored the peanut croquant. And the bitter chocolate was like a mouse served with parsnips, yummy brown butter, and other flavorings. Red Medicine has a very welcoming vibe and a menu that’s intriguing and warrants you to want to try everything on it.
About Maker’s Mark
Maker’s Mark Bourbon whisky (45% alc./vol) and Maker’s Mark 46 (47% alc./vol) are distilled, aged and bottled by the Maker’ Mark Distillery, Inc, in Loretta, KY. In 1980, the distillery was designated a National Historic Landmark, becoming the first distillery in America to be so recognized. It is also decreed as “the oldest operating bourbon distillery in the world” by the Guinness World Records Book. Maker’s Mark is one of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting more than 90,000 visitors each year.