Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Maker's Mark

As mentioned, here's my story about our trip.

On Saturday, April 5, American Culinary Federation (ACF) hosted a regional conference in downtown Cincinnati that included food demons, competitions, and seminars. All culinary professionals attending the ACF conference were invited to Maker's Mark Distillery. Early Saturday morning, other culinary students and I drove to Loretto, KY early morning to prepare for the roast.

After a 4 hour ride that should have taken 2 1/2 hours, we were finally greeted by the smokey smells of the roast. The pigs were dropped in the pit late Friday night.

After the whiskey rub- couple bottles for each pig.

Barrel Warehouse, where the whiskey "sleeps." The two warehouses hold 19,000- 25,000 barrels.

Inside the guest house- it had an historic feel to it. The carpet in the foyer was god awful ugly, turquoise with flowers- which proved both the carpet and the house had been around for a long time.

View of the large tent that sat 400+ people in the "backyard"

The Band

Presentation. The pictures aren't great but the food smelled delicious and the pigs tasted moist and tender. (When my parents owned a Subway sandwich shop, I briefly ate the processed bacon. Though really good, this roast is probably my last time eating pork.)

The pros setting up

Everyone's here. Let's eat.

Circus Cook's pants and shoes. My feet are saying, "I am tired, get me out of these."

our hot ride. really. The ride was was much better on the way back because some (not me) came away with few bottles of the good stuff and shared with the rest of us.

Even though I don't have pictures of all the food, it was all really good. The bread pudding was to die for.

Overall this trip was an experience. After arriving, all the students were given their responsibilities. Another student and I shucked 400 corns, others set up tables, chairs and tents or prepared salads. When the guests arrived, we were in charge of the buffet lines. Sadly, none of us cooked or learned a thing about the secrets of southern style macaroni and cheese, techniques for a good roast or bread pudding.

I am thankful to our chef and the culinary school for giving us this opportunity. Would I do it again? maybe.


liz said...

awww, what an awesome experience! the pigs look amazing... i am so glad you got to go. i bet the ride back was fun!

liberal foodie said...

the ride was fun, indeed.

You would've loved the taste and flavor of the meat.

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