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Women & Whiskey Event at Lionfish & The Pendry Hotel

Oh my gosh!

I cannot believe it’s taken me this long to write this post… Actually I can (I’ve had a cra-zay July travel schedule) but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to give some major credit where it’s due & to share this little gem with all my local San Diego ladies!

I recently attended at Women & Whiskey event at Lionfish at the new Pendry Hotel. If you’re not familiar with the Pendry, it’s a super luxurious boutique hotel (seriously – it’s beautiful!) in the heart of the Gaslamp. They boast a beautiful pool & lounge The Pool House (one of my favorite happy hour spots in SD, I’ll have to do a recap soon), a nightclub – Oxford Social Club, and a few different restaurants.

My favorite restaurant on the property is by far Lionfish. They use local & seasonal ingredients to serve up modern coastal cuisine. Executive Chef, Jose “JoJo” Ruiz joined the team after being the Chef de Cuisine at Ironside over in Little Italy (another fav) and the menu is perfect for sharing a bunch of different sushi, seafood, and coastal dishes. Some of my favorites include the Big-Eye Tuna Pizza (#obsessed), Spicy Grilled Octopus, and the Keep It Classy roll. Check out the full menu here. The dining room is elegant and perfect for a girls night out dinner or a nice date.

Big Eye Tuna Pizza
Big Eye Tuna Pizza

So I was invited to this event by a friend and the second I saw the event invite, I was sold. If you don’t know yet, I’m originally from Lexington, Kentucky and bourbon is my spirit of choice so take my favorite drink hosted at one of my favorite restaurants and I’m there!

Women & Whiskey

There were two large tables with probably 12 women at each. I ended up knowing another girl woman there so we grabbed seats beside each other and got ready for the awesome evening. We received the cutest goodie bags with two Maker’s Mark wax dipped glasses and then it was time to get to know the other women and just as importantly – taste some whiskey!

Maker's Mark
The Maker’s Mark Brand Ambassador, Megan Breuer started us off with a welcome cocktail – a Summery Maker’s Mark – and let me tell you, the drink was just as delicious as the garnish was cute.. I mean look at it!

Maker's Mark Cocktail Garnish

We then went on to try samples of the Maker’s Mark, Maker’s Mark 46, and Maker’s Mark Cask while Megan talked to us about the history of the brand and the differences we were tasting. Did you know – ? – Bill Samuels Sr. created the recipe for Maker’s Mark but his wife Margie Samuels actually named the brand!

Maker's Mark Tasting Flight

The kitchen at Lionfish sent out some food pairings throughout the evening including the Big Eye Tuna Pizza, Crispy Rock Shrimp, and a chocolate layered cake for dessert before we wrapped up the evening with another cocktail made with the Maker’s Mark 46.

Crispy Rock Shrimp
Crispy Rock Shrimp

It was a great night filled with whiskey (obvi), women (duh), many great tastings, photos (if you don’t post it how will everyone know you ate it?!), and laughs (wait till you see me try to Boomerang after so much whiskey!) and I’m already looking forward & praying I get invited to the next event in August. Word on the street is that oysters are on the menu!

A very big thank you to Arlene (for inviting me) and the amazing team that put on the event – Megan, Jennifer F, and Mia! 🙂

If you’re local to SD and want to stay in the know, be sure to leave me a comment and I’ll let you know when the next Women & Whiskey event is announced! I’d love to meet some of you in person!



6 thoughts on “Women & Whiskey Event at Lionfish & The Pendry Hotel

    1. I know right?! Now I’ve been super critical of garnishes the past few weeks.. oh a lemon wedge? #howoriginal haha

  1. This sounds like such a fun event! I’m going to have to search for some fun women networking events in Chicago!

    1. I’m sure Chicago has a TON of events! One of my August goals is to go a networking or meetup event each week by myself. I really want to get out there and meet more women who are doing awesome things. I’m excited – tonight I’m going to a founder’s panel meet & greet at a local kombucha company! 🙂

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