Celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month at 21c and Counting House

By Sarah Mausert and Johanna Kramer

Counting House, in the 21c Hotel Durham, is continuing its Fork + Bottle series this Thursday, September 21, at 6 PM, with a Pork + Bottle: Bourbon Heritage Month Celebration dinner featuring Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork.  Last month, the first time I visited Counting House, I was lucky enough to attend the Fork + Bottle dinner with Lombard Champagne; it was an outstanding dinner that made me very eager to attend this month’s dinner.  If you’ve not had the chance to try chef Thomas Card’s food, I suggest that you get to Counting House soon.



For this dinner, 21 C’s Counting House Executive Chef Thomas Card has partnered with Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork, whose hogs are not only not fed animal by-products, but are so special they are hand fed. September’s dinner not only features Cheshire pork and bourbon, but also local chefs; there will be four courses each prepared by a different local chef and each paired with a different bourbon (FEW Bourbon, Henry McKenna 10 year, Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style, and Evan Williams Single Barrel).

Chef Michael Lee of M Sushi will prepare Siu Yuk Cantonese style roast pork belly with crackling, pickled daikon radish ssam, wasabi aioli, and gochujang.  Chef Josh DeCarolis of Mothers & Sons will be preparing cavatelli di grano arso, milk braised pork cheek sugo, Tuscan kale, and gremolata.  Chef Sean Fowler of Mandolin will be preparing heritage pork chile verde, loaded sweet potato with cotija, pickled onions, cilantro, chicharones, and lime.  Finally Chef Thomas Card will be preparing a bacon chocolate mousse with sable and passion fruit gellée, vanilla crème, pecan, sorrel, and buttermilk.

Tickets are $75 and reservations can be made by calling 919-956-6760.


If you cannot attend the dinner, do not worry, there are still a few more ways to enjoy some bourbon this month at Counting House.  Through the rest of September, there will be an all-bourbon cocktail and flight menu featuring drinks such as the Durham Currency which is made with Old Forester Bourbon, Benedictine, lime, and simple syrup.

Also through September, you can enjoy the Just Add Bourbon package during your stay at 21c Durham.  You get your choice of a specialty bourbon flight with tasting notes, breakfast for two at Counting House, and a Whiskey Lover’s Set from the 21C Museum Shop.  You can book with the package by calling 919-956-6700 or through the website (click on “Offers” on the menu or scroll down).




There 21c Museum Hotels across the country in cities such as Louisville, Cincinnati, and Nashville, among others.  The mission of the hotel group is to engage the public with contemporary art and support the revitalization of American downtowns.  In downtown Durham, the hotel is located in the historic Hill Building and has 125 rooms, 10,500 square feet of exhibition, meeting, and event space, three suites with private terraces, and a ballroom in the historic banking hall.

Come join me this Thursday to enjoy a delicious dinner and some smooth bourbon at Counting House.

Author: Sarah was born a yankee, but has been a Durhamite for ten years now.  She enjoys red wine, bourbon, her dogs, Captain and Morgan, and her cats, Johnny and Walker.


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