Editor’s Note: We are pleased to bring the news of this important initiative by David Burke to benefit the Team Western Kentucky Relief Fund. It’s a great example of how the restaurant community reaches out to help people in need.
To help rebuild the lives of those affected by the tornadoes that struck western Kentucky on December 10-11 (including members of his extended business family), world-renowned chef / restaurateur David burke host concurrent Kentucky-themed dinners to benefit the Western Kentucky Team Relief Fund on Thursday, January 13 at nine of its restaurants in New Jersey, New York and North Carolina. The three-course meal at $ 150 per person will showcase Kentucky’s most famous export bourbon, courtesy of Woodford Reserve Distillery, and one of the newest in the state. Bluegrass F1 Wagyu beef.
Exclusive to Burke, the purebred small-batch, grass and grain-fed, purebred Wagyu and Black Angus hybrid beef and Kentucky and Black Angus will make its official national debut at David Burke’s Dinners for Kentucky’s Recovery. Therefore, attendees will not only contribute to the future of tornado victims, but will be among the first in the world to experience what Burke unequivocally declares to be the best meat he has ever tasted.
The Beef and Bourbon Dinners are the first multi-location, single-grantee charity initiative in Burke’s long history of helping important, life-enhancing causes such as the Team Western Kentucky Relief Fund. which was established by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear to aid tornado victims. They will begin with a Woodford Reserve Bourbon Reception Cocktail, in which Kentucky-associated libations such as mint juleps and bourbon balls will be mixed with past canapes, including Wagyu Bluegrass F1-centric flavors.
Wine-paired sit-down dinner highlights, including Burke’s new Red Horse label, a proprietary Cabernet, CarménèreMalbec Blend Sirah will encompass the likes of Burke’s Lobster Dumplings and Maple Pepper Dry Aged Wagyu Bluegrass F1 Steak and Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding.
“Taking care of people during a crisis is what we do in the hospitality industry; it’s the right thing to do. My organization did it in New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy and during the pandemic. We are now welcoming people from Kentucky, where are our Bluegrass F1 Wagyu beef partners. They have family members who have been severely affected by tornadoes and it is our honor, duty and pleasure to do what we can to help, “Burke said.
“It has been humbling to see so many people in the United States come out to help those affected by these devastating tornadoes,” said Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris. “We are honored to partner with Chef Burke and his team to create memorable nights across the country with great food and delicious cocktails to join them in supporting the recovery effort.”
The restaurants that will present the Steak and Bourbon Dinners for Kentucky Recovery by David Burke on Thursday, January 13 at 6:30 pm will be: 1776 by David Burke, Morristown, NJ; David Burke Tavern, New York, NY; David Burke’s Orchard Park, East Brunswick, NJ; David Burke’s Red Horse, Rumson, NJ; Red salt of David Burke, Charlotte, NC; David Burke’s Red Salt Room, (The Garden City Hotel), Garden City, NY; Salt & Char (The Adelphi Hotel), Saratoga, New York; They are Cuban, West New York, New Jersey; Y VENTANAS Restaurant and Lounge at Modern, Ft. Lee, NJ
$ 150 tickets for the beef and bourbon dinners that support the efforts of the Western Kentucky Team Relief Fund on behalf of tornado victims will be available through the websites of participating David Burke restaurants. One third ($ 50) of each ticket will be donated to the fund with the goal of raising more than $ 30,000.
About David Burke
The driving force behind the hotel management company that bears his name, David Burke, in addition to being an internationally recognized chef, is a restaurateur, artist, philanthropist, entrepreneur, author, educator, collector, and puppeteer. His distinctive, whimsical, and limitlessly creative approach to contemporary American cuisine has made him an icon on the global culinary landscape. Currently, Burke and his highly qualified David Burke Hospitality Management team operate or orchestrate the culinary component of 17 restaurants, a catering business and a historic event venue in the United States and Saudi Arabia. They also oversee a growing list of David Burke brand products, including: cookware; baking utensils; steak sauce cutlery; and wine.
Photo credit: Courtesy of David Burke