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Matt Winn’s “Above the Finish Line” Bourbon Pairing Dinner • “Resurrection Bourbon Brands”

April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Matt Winn’s Steakhouse, located at Churchill Downs on the 6th floor overlooking the track, invites you to the inaugural event in our new culinary exploration series.


🗓 Wednesday, April 20 • 6pm • ”Resurrection Bourbon Brands”
🎟 $125 + gratuity & tax
📞 Please call (502) 636-4888 to reserve your tickets • limited seating available


The evening begins at 6:00 pm with a Mint Julep reception, where you will see that there is more to this classic drink than you may have experienced in the past!

Dinner is a 4 course chef’s menu prepared by Matt Winn’s Executive Chef Stephen Dunn and his culinary team. Each dish is paired with a different Bourbon or Bourbon cocktail with Churchill Downs’ Official Bourbon Ambassador, Tim Knittel of Distilled Living, leading the guided pairing.

Our first pour will be Anderson Club, a vintage Heaven Hill pre-fire Bourbon originally offered as an export only, with guided tasting instruction and background on this rare product.

Post-dinner drinks will be available in two private lounges. Cigars will be offered on the terrace with selection and pairing guidance by J Paul Tucker of Oxmoor Smoke Shoppe. Select cocktails and limited edition Bourbon pours will be available to attendees during the event. 



  • 1st Course • Appetizer
    Iberico Ham, Asparagus, Deviled Egg Mousse, Beemster XO
    Paired with Anderson Club Bourbon
  • 2nd Course • Salad
    Kentucky Bibb Lettuce, Vanilla-Bourbon Vinegar, Rhubarb, Strawberry, Kenny’s Awe-Brie, Candied Pecans
    Paired with Chicken Cock Bourbon
  • 3rd Course • Entrée
    5-Spice Short Ribs, Smoked Fingerling Potatoes, Grilled Bok Choy
    Paired with David Nicholson Reserve Bourbon
  • 4th Course • Dessert
    Bourbon Caramel Tart
    Paired with Col. E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bourbon


🥃 The Decadent Bourbon Dinner Series will be the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
🍷 Wine dinners will be the 4th Wednesday of every month (more info coming soon!)

🗓 Wednesday, April 20 • 6pm • ”Resurrection Bourbon Brands”
🎟 $125 + gratuity & tax
📞 Please call (502) 636-4888 to reserve your tickets • limited seating available

  • Ticket price includes:
    Opening cocktail, 4 course dinner and accompanying pairings.
  • Available For Purchase:
    Cigars, additional rare pours, additional cocktails, and wine.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    7 day notice prior to the event for a full refund; if cancellation less than 7 days or no show at the event, the credit card will be charged in full.
  • Attire:
    There is no specific dress code, however business casual attire or more formal is recommended.
  • Parking:
    Churchill Downs has ample parking available. Please follow the signs for Matt Winn’s Steakhouse to the White lot near W19 to check in at our concierge station.




👨‍🍳 Chef Stephen Dunn has been at Matt Winn’s since its opening and was recently appointed as Executive Chef overseeing all culinary operations for the steakhouse. Originally trained at Sullivan University, he has previously led the kitchens at Equus & Jack’s Lounge, The Hub, and Sullivan’s Tap House in St. Matthews. He embraces Southern cuisine, Bourbon, local ingredients, and Kentucky’s heritage.

🥃 Bourbon Ambassador Tim Knittel, a Bourbon insider with over 14 years industry experience, is founder of Distilled Living, the leading company in virtual and in-person Bourbon and mixology experiences. He started at the Woodford Reserve Distillery in the roles of culinary program manager and VIP hospitality manager. In 2020 he was appointed as the Official Bourbon Ambassador of Churchill Downs. He is certified as an Executive Bourbon Steward and teaches at Midway University as Adjunct Professor of Bourbon Studies.

🔥J Paul Tucker has been in the tobacco industry for 48 years and is the owner of Oxmoor Smoke Shoppe, the premier tobacco store in the Louisville Metro area and beyond. During his years in the business J Paul has worked with many manufacturers, especially the best known in the industry, and has developed strong relationships with their founders providing him the opportunity to visit factories in places such as Cuba, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua and allowing him to bring the most sought after products into Oxmoor, often on an exclusive basis.

🥩 Matt Winn’s Steakhouse pays homage to the legacy of Colonel Matt Winn as a pioneer and innovator of horse racing at the iconic Churchill Downs Racetrack. Formerly Millionaires Row, the restaurant sits on the sixth floor where Kentucky Derby® history is made every first Saturday in May. In addition to the main dining room, seating is available overlooking the track as well as the main bar. The Bourbon Room is also available for private dinner and Bourbon experiences. The cuisine highlights historic and contemporary Southern fare complemented by the largest wine cellar in Kentucky and a top-shelf Bourbon program with carefully curated rare and vintage offerings.

🐎 Churchill Downs Race Track (“CDRT”), The World’s Most Legendary Racetrack®, has been the home of the Kentucky Derby®, the longest continually helds annual sporting event in the United States, since 1875. Located in Louisville, CDRT features a series of themed race days during Derby Week, including the Kentucky Oaks®, and conducts Thoroughbred horse racing during three race meets in the Spring, September, and the Fall. CDRT is located on  175 acres and has a one-mile dirt, a ⅞ mile turf track, a stabling area, and provides seating for approximately 60,000 guests. The saddling paddock and the stable area has barns sufficient to accommodate  1,400 horses and a 114-room dormitory for backstretch personnel. CDRT also has a year-round simulcast wagering facility. www.ChurchillDowns.com


April 20
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Matt Winn’s Steakhouse
750 Central Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208 United States
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