Motor Supply Co. Bistro to host dinner with Wild Turkey Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell on Nov. 27

Motor Supply - Photo by Columbia SC photographer Sean Rayford

Executive chef Wes Fulmer will feature a five-course menu with cocktail pairings by head barman Josh Streetman

November 17, 2017 (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Motor Supply Co. Bistro in downtown Columbia, S.C., will cap Thanksgiving weekend by hosting Wild Turkey’s acclaimed Master Distillers, Jimmy and Eddie Russell, for an exclusive prix-fixe dining event on Mon., Nov. 27, 2017. Learn more about the Wild Turkey Distillers Dinner here: http://www.motorsupplycobistro.com/blog/view/motor-supply-co.-bistro-hosts-wild-turkey-distillers-dinner

Slow Food enthusiasts and cocktail aficionados will dine and imbibe with 40 like-minded citizens at Motor Supply over a five-course meal prepared by executive chef Wes Fulmer. Each course will be paired with an imaginative cocktail mixed with select Wild Turkey bourbons by head barman Josh Streetman. The opening cocktail will feature the house-selected single batch bourbon that was handpicked earlier this year by the Motor Supply team.

“We’re excited to bring a small group of people together for this intimate event with a distinctive menu,” says executive chef Wes Fulmer. “We’re elevating the menu by bringing in a few select ingredients that wouldn’t always be seen on the menu, while staying true to our model of using sustainable, seasonal ingredients presented in an approachable and honest way.”

The locally-owned eatery has become a leader in the farm-to-fork food scene in vibrant Columbia, S.C., known for its work with local and regional farmers, collaborations with award-winning chefs at regional food festivals and status as winner of “Best Restaurant” for three straight years in multiple local readers’ polls. Find out more about Motor Supply at http://www.motorsupply.com.

Motor Supply’s Barrel Select Bourbon
Earlier in 2017, Motor Supply became the first restaurant of the year in South Carolina to hand-select and name a customized Wild Turkey barrel. In a unanimous decision by owner Eddie Wales, executive chef Wes Fulmer, head barman Josh Streetman and general manager Chuck Miller, Motor Supply selected a single batch barrel of Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve that was aged in the distillery’s rickhouse B, rack six. The Motor Supply barrel select was packaged in specialty bottles using Motor Supply’s logo.

“It’s smooth yet complex – people will understand why we chose it,” says hear barman Josh Streetman of the barrel selection process. “We love to incorporate unique and seasonal products into our cocktail program. I strive to keep our cocktails fresh and creative – whether that means including produce from a Columbia, S.C., farm or picking our own bourbon barrel.”

Bourbon is aged in warehouses, called rickhouses or rackhouses, where they are stored in “ricks,” or racks that stack barrels and store them on their sides. Bourbon enthusiasts may know that the rack number can affect the product due to temperature changes — the lower racks have lower temperatures. The rickhouses are 10 levels high, and master distillers find that the finest barrels are aged in the middle, on racks four to six. Motor Supply’s barrel select, from rack six, falls within this sweet spot and has quickly become a local favorite. This unique bourbon will be available for a limited time, only at Motor Supply.

Special Guests: Wild Turkey’s Master Distillers
Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell, a father-son duo, will attend the Distillers Dinner at Motor Supply, allowing guests to mingle with two of the most decorated whiskey-making experts in the world. Jimmy Russell is the longest-tenured active Master Distiller in the global spirits industry, dubbed the "Buddha of Bourbon" and the "Master Distiller's Master Distiller." The Russells combined have over 90 years of whiskey-making experience.

Dinner Details
The Wild Turkey Distillers Dinner will take place on Monday, Nov. 27 and will begin at 6 p.m. with a welcome reception featuring Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell. Guests can sip and imbibe with these special guests who can sign guests’ menus upon request as take-home keepsake. Tickets include a five-course meal with cocktail pairings and are available to the public for $175, with 40 seats total. Learn more at http://www.motorsupplycobistro.com/blog/view/motor-supply-co.-bistro-hosts-wild-turkey-distillers-dinner.

About Motor Supply
Known for its artisan cocktails, refined yet relaxed atmosphere and daily-changing, chef-driven menu of sustainable, farm-to-table fare, Motor Supply Co. Bistro has been serving New World, made-from-scratch cuisine in the historic Columbia, S.C. Congaree Vista since 1989. A new, temperature-controlled outdoor patio features tables made from reclaimed, N.C. barn wood, roll-up garage doors and original, vintage brick. Reservations can be made by calling (803) 256-6687 or by visiting www.motorsupplycobistro.com.

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