Whiskey – it’s for Jack or Jill.
Whether you consider yourself a whiskey connoisseur or ready to try something new, our monthly Women & Whiskey series focuses on the roles women play in “whiskey business.” From distilling, to marketing, and everything in between, join us every third Thursday of each month to taste and learn about this dark spirit and the people behind the scenes. Whiskey – bold, smart, and diverse, with a history just the same.
Ticket sales will end at midnight each Wednesday prior to the event. Tickets must be presented at the door (printed or on phone).
New Formatting for 2022:
7:00PM - 8:00PM: Master Class (see below for information on the Master Class Membership)
8:00PM-11:00PM: Whiskey Social Hour
- $10 per ticket
- $2 per ticket will go back to Culinaria
- Free tastings, bites, and brief presentation from each vendor
- Live Entertainment
- Retail Vendors
LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE.
7PM - 8PM
Join us prior to each Whiskey Social Hour for an hour of expertise, insight, and exclusive tastings with our whiskey vendors.
Tickets for each Master Class are $40 pre-purchased, or $50 at the door. Ticket sales for Master Classes will end at midnight each Wednesday before the event.
$5 from each ticket will go back to Culinaria.
Planning on joining us for all available Master Classes? Take advantage of our Master Class Membership - including discounted pricing, vendor gifts, and the exclusive opportunity to learn from the experts themselves.
About the Presenters
January 27th, 2022
Jillian Whitlow, Texas Market Manager
Jillian Whitlow serves as the Texas Market Manager for Westward Whiskey, the highest rated American Single Malt, distilled grain to glass on Distillery Row in Portland, OR. Jillian joined the Westward sales team in October of 2021 and has been instrumental in putting the brand on the map in the major Texas markets, working closely with industry partners, retailers and distributors to build brand awareness.
Gian Trinidad, CSS, Certified Spirits Specialist/Sales Professional/Cocktail Consultant
Gian Trinidad is an accomplished spirits professional with over 15 years of experience in the alcoholic beverage industry. A self-proclaimed “spirits geek” and a student of the trade, he is constantly striving to expand his knowledge, most recently becoming Certified Specialist of Spirits through the Society of Wine Educators, and earning the highest honor of WSET 2 - pass with distinction through The Wine and Spirits Educational Trust. He specializes in the field of American Whiskey, and currently runs the Northern California market for Westward Whiskey - where his unique style of combining science and art has led to record growth and a strong following.
February 17th, 2022
Victoria Eady Butler
Victoria Eady Butler is a relatively new face in the spirits world, but whiskey is
definitely in her blood. The great-great-granddaughter of Nearest Green, the first
African-American master distiller on record, Butler is the Master Blender of the
award-winning Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey where she oversees the blending
process of its 1884 Small Batch Whiskey as well as the selection of all 1820 Single
Barrels. In 2021 Victoria was named Master Blender of the Year by Whisky Magazine
at their Icons of Whisky Awards. Butler also serves as a member of Uncle Nearest’s
executive team and oversees the Nearest Green Foundation, a 501(s)(3) non-profit
organization that provides scholarships to Nearest Green’s descendants which is
funded, in part, by the sales of Uncle Nearest whiskeys.
Prior to joining the Uncle Nearest team in March 2019, Butler worked as an
Analytical Manager with the Regional Organized Crime Information Center in
Nashville, which she joined upon graduating Middle Tennessee State University with
a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Butler had just retired from a more than 31-
year tenure when Fawn Weaver, Founder and CEO of Uncle Nearest, approached her
about becoming involved in the Uncle Nearest brand. The opportunity to carry on
her family legacy first-hand and to help to cement Nearest’s name in history was one
that she couldn’t pass up.