a bottle and glass of cook's mill bourbon

We love local bourbon! To celebrate North Carolina distilleries, we’re hosting a series of two Bourbon & BBQ events at The Willard this fall with two of our favorite local bourbons, Cook’s Mill and Mystic. To learn more about our Mystic Bourbon & BBQ evening, click here.

Join us on Wednesday, November 15th, at 6 pm for an evening of BBQ, bourbon, and live jazz with North Carolina’s own Cook’s Mill Whiskey in our Horizon Ballroom. The evening will include tastings of Mebane-based Cook’s Mill Whiskey led by a knowledgeable representative from Cook’s Mill, as well as a BBQ-themed menu designed by Chef Kyle Teears to pair with the bourbon. Plus, pianist Jonathan Markow and his trio will provide musical entertainment for your enjoyment as you mix and mingle.

Tickets include:

  • One specialty cocktail plus tastes of Cook’s Mill Whiskey
  • BBQ-themed dinner reception
  • Live jazz entertainment

Tickets are $75 plus tax and gratuity and are limited in number.

Reserve your seat today!

About Cook’s Mill Whiskey

Cook’s Mill Whiskey owner and NC native, Jason Queen, named Cook’s Mill Whiskey for the pre-Revolutionary grist mill that stood on the property when he purchased it. “From the hills, fields, and mills of North Carolina,” Cook’s Mill whiskey is a straight bourbon whiskey inspired by the proud tradition of farming and distillation in North Carolina. Their bourbons are aged in American White Oak barrels and distilled only from North Carolina corn.


Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Pimento Cheese Crostini

Roasted Peach and Goat Cheese Crostini

Chef’s Selection Bison Meatballs served with mint and pepper jelly



Baba Ganoush served with crudité and assorted bread

Slider Bar

House-made Brisket Sliders

House-made NC Style Pulled Pork Sliders served with slaw, onion jam, and BBQ sauce


Chess Pie