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[Audio] The Carson Center's 11th Annual Distillers Dinner Features Four Roses Bourbon

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The Carson Center in Paducah hosts the 11th Annual Distillers Dinner on October 17, one of their signature fundraising events. This year's menu features Four Roses Distillery with Bourbon Hall of Famer Al Young. Tracy Ross speaks with Director of Development Debbie Wattier about what's on the menu and more about the evening's festivities.

The reception features stories by Al Young and live music by guitarist Brent Webster, there's a small silent auction as well. The dinner on stage includes a full-course meal by Artisan Kitchen, featuring the main course: roasted beef tenderloin with blood orange bourbon butter, sweet potato pan-crepes and brussels pancetta hash.

The dinner started after the Carson Center opened and was thought up by Kenny Roof, who Wattier says, forecasted that bourbon would continue to grow in Kentucky and in international popularity. He wanted to do a bourbon diner as a benefit to the Carson Center, she says. The event has raised over $100,000 for the non-profit regional arts center. She adds that there is currently 5.7 million barrels of bourbon inventory in Kentucky, which is one million more than the total population of the Commonwealth.

Reservations are required. To speak with Debbie Wattier, call 270-443-9932.

See the full menu and more at the Carson Center website

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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