BACK FOR 2022! VIP HOURS 5:30 pm — 10:00 pm
$150 Each | Limited to 150 Attendees
TASTE OF LAKEVILLE VIP EXPERIENCE
This exclusive, VIP experience will be held indoors in the Lakeville Arts Center and includes a Woodford Reserve VIP Lounge, Premium Wine & Spirits, Pairings, Tastings, Masterpiece Chocolates, Entertainment, and more!
• Woodford Reserve VIP Lounge
— Featuring Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Double Oak, Malt, Rye, Wheat and Woodford Reserve Glass
• Premium & Reserve Wine Pours
• Top Shelf Spirits & Liquor Pours
• Live VIP Entertainment Featuring Johnny Holiday & Willie Moore
• Food Pairings by The Better Half
— Maine Style Lobster Crostini: Chilled Lobster Salad, Pickled Celery Relish, Ancho Chili.
— Korean Beef Skewer: Marinated Beef, Shishito Pepper, Red Onion, Cherry Tomato, Togarashi Seasoning, Teriyaki. Miso Aioli
• Premium Chocolate from Masterpiece Chocolates
• Exclusive Prize Drawing for 2 – Bourbon Trail Tour includes airfare on Delta Airlines , two night stay at the luxury Omni Hotel Louisville, Old Forester Bourbon Tour and more! . Valued at $2,500. Travel arrangements will be made thru Sara Butruff at Travel Leaders Apple Valley
• Full Access to TOL Grounds, VIP Parking & Entrance
In 1812, Woodford Reserve began the art of making fine bourbon in Versailles Kentucky on the site of the Woodford Reserve Distillery – a National Historic Landmark. Their master distillers vision, creativity, and passionate pursuit of excellence make Woodford Reserve the World’s Finest Bourbon. And, with over 200 flavor notes to discover, Woodford Reserve ensures that every sip is a spectacle of the senses.
THE BETTER HALF
Executive Chef Adiel Luna
Adiel Luna, a native of Palenque Mexico, came to America in 1999 at the age of 14 and enrolled at Elk River High School as a freshman. Unable to speak English when he arrived, Adiel soon managed to become completely fluent by the middle of his sophomore year. With an outstanding GPA, school personnel encouraged him to attend the Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program at the University of St. Thomas for his Junior and Senior year. After two years in the PSEO program, Adiel decided to keep attending the University of St. Thomas and graduated with a bachelor’s degree at the age of 20.
Chef Luna has worked in the food service industry for over 15 years. Starting his career as an hourly employee and working his way up to sous chef, Adiel realized how important the focus of training and communication is to maintain any successful and consistent kitchen operation. Adiel learned many of his techniques from working alongside some of the most educated, experienced Twin Cities’ chefs. He truly exemplifies the meaning of “Train Hard, Manage Easy.”
Taking culinary inspiration from his mother, Chef Luna incorporates many different international cuisines in his fusion style of cooking. Like his mother, Adiel is passionate about making every dish delicious, as well as beautiful.
Chef Luna’s leadership, hard-work, compassion, and knowledge continually inspires the team at “The Better Half” to always strive to be their best.
The Better Half serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and craft cocktails. Restaurant Hours M-F 8-8, S-S 8-9. Located at 20851 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044.
Owners Dale & Linda Lokkesmoe
The idea of Masterpiece Chocolates grew out of Linda’s lifelong passion for creating fabulous gourmet meals and desserts. Inspired by culinary trips to Switzerland, France, Greece, and Italy, Linda enjoys creating and producing amazing sensory experiences. Dale and Linda spent most of 2021 receiving international chocolatier training in the art of chocolate making. The couple enjoys the technical chemistry of handcrafting chocolate bonbons, as well as the creative flair of making beautiful, sensational pieces.
Masterpiece Chocolates specializes in creating hand-crafted chocolates for individual purchase, weddings, corporate gifts and special events. Store Hours Th-Sa 12-5. Located at 17697 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville, MN 55044.
JOHNNY HOLIDAY & WILLIE MOORE
Excellent Multi-Instrumentalists, musicians and performers Johnny Holliday & Willie Moore serenade audiences with their unique renditions of popular songs and original music providing an amazing show that is tailored to any event.