Spotlight Gala Party 2

Bourbon & Bites Workshop w/Chef Stephen Stryjewski & Ray Daniel

Saturday, October 28, 2023    
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Type


Devour! Studios
360 Main Street, Wolfville, NS, B4P1C4

Beam-Suntory Brand Ambassador Ray Daniel guides us through a tasting of spectacular bourbons, while Chef Stephen Stryjewski from New Orleans wows us with a sampling of classic Cajun dishes to accompany.

Ticket Price: $45.00, includes food and beverage samples
Sponsored by BeamSuntory, Basil Hayden Bourbon, J.R. Mahoney Ltd., United States Consulate General – Halifax
Offered in English w/French translation
Must be 19+ to attend in-person

Gratons with bourbon cane syrup
Chicken liver mousse with pickled peaches

Stephen Stryjewski 

Winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundation “Best Chef South,” Stephen Stryjewski is Chef/Partner of New Orleans’ numerous award-winning restaurants including Cochon, Cochon Butcher, Pêche Seafood Grill, and Gianna. Both Cochon and Pêche Seafood Grill were named a “Best New Restaurant” finalist by the James Beard Foundation, and Gianna was honoured to be named a James Beard Award Nominee for Best New Restaurant in 2019. Additionally, Cochon consistently listed as a Top Ten New Orleans Restaurant in The Times-Picayune Dining Guide, and was recently named one of the 20 most important restaurants in America by Bon Appétit. In 2015, Stryjewski and his business partner Chef Donald Link created the Link Stryjewski Foundation to address violence, poverty, and the lack of quality education and job training opportunities for young people in New Orleans. Stryjewski currently resides in New Orleans’ Irish Channel with his wife and two daughters. @cracklinfat

Ray Daniel – Beam Suntory American Whiskey National Brand Ambassador 

Ray Daniel brings with him nearly two decades of experience behind the bar, from Europe to North America, where he is currently the Beam Suntory American Whiskey National Brand Ambassador to Canada. Hailing from Ireland, he has a huge and broad range of knowledge of whiskey, and the bourbon category in particular. With a long background in competitive bartending, Ray’s escapades have landed him in competitions as a guest speaker and lecturer throughout Canada, Mexico, and the USA, and appearing in publications such as Whisky Magazine and The New York Times. Jam-packed with passion, humour, and massive respect for the history of whiskey, Ray’s presentations have become a much sought-after affair. @raydanielwhiskey