Old Friends along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Louisville’s Seelbach Hilton Hotel to Host 5th Annual Benefit

LOUISVILLE, KY – FEBRUARY 14, 2013 – On February 23 the Seelbach Hilton Hotel will host the 5th annual “Old Friends along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail” dinner and Bourbon-tasting. The event is a benefit for Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility in Central Kentucky.

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday February 23 at the hotel, located at 500 South Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. Tickets are $100 per person, and the hotel is also offering Kentucky Bourbon Trail guests a special reduced room rate of $119 per night.

The benefit will be highlighted by a four-course Bourbon-themed feast as well as live and silent auctions of exclusive equine artwork, autographed Bourbon items, racing memorabilia, fine jewelry, and more.

Old Friends, which has locations in Georgetown, KY and in Greenfield Center, NY, is devoted to providing a dignified retirement to horses whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end. The farm is home to such retired champions as Eclipse winner Sunshine Forever, Breeders’ Cup victor Gulch, Tinners Way (one of the last surviving sons of Secretariat), and Belmont Stakes winner Sarava.

“We can’t thank the Seelbach and the Kentucky Distillers Association enough for their support, ” said Old Friends President and Founder Michael Blowen. “This is one of the most exciting evenings on our fund-raising calendar and we hope everyone will come out and join us.”

“We are very proud to be hosting this event for the fifth consecutive year,” said Seelbach Events Coordinator Jennifer Biesel.  “It’s a wonderful evening that combines two of Kentucky’s signature industries – Bourbon and horses – all in the Seelbach’s historic setting.”

The night begins in The Seelbach’s beautiful Grand Ballroom. There, a wide variety of appetizers will be served and Kentucky’s iconic distilleries will offer samples of the Commonwealth’s finest brands, including Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve, and Town Branch.

Guests will then proceed to the hotel’s Five Diamond, Triple AAA-Awarded Oakroom for a two-course Bourbon-themed dinner designed by the Seelbach’s Chef de Cuisine Patrick Roney. This year’s featured menu:


Pan Roasted Scallops
Shitake Mushroom and Sweet Pea Puree
Lemon-Bourbon Beurre Blanc


Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin
White Bean and Brussels Sprout Cassoulet
Bourbon Braised Belly

Guest will then return to the ballroom for an assortment of wonderful desserts from pastry chef Bridget Knight and enjoy the action of the live auction conducted by auctioneers Tom Sayre and Curt Sharff.

Tickets to the “Old Friends along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail” are $100 and reservations can be made by calling the Seelbach’s Jennifer Biesel at (502) 585-9292.

In addition, the Seelbach is offering Kentucky Bourbon Trail guests a special “take the elevator home” room rate of $119 that can be reserved along with tickets. On Sunday, the hotel serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $29 per person.

The Historic Seelbach Hilton is a four-star diamond luxury hotel located in the heart of Louisville, KY. Built in 1905, the hotel appears on the National Register of Historic Places and it is considered a landmark to “the golden era.” For more information see www.seelbachhilton.com.

For more information about Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour call the KDA at (502) 875-9351 or visit them online at www.kybourbon.com and www.kybourbontrail.com.

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 120 retired racehorses.  With locations in Georgetown, KY and in Greenfield Center, NY, Old Friends is open to visitors daily by appointment. For more information on tours, any of the farm’s retirees, or to make a donation, call (502) 863-1775 or visit the website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.


The Seelbach Hilton
Jennifer Biesel
(502) 585-9292

Old Friends
Cynthia Grisolia
(347) 423-7322

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour
Eric Gregory
(502) 875-9351

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