Original Makers Club


about us

Founded in 2011, Original Makers Club is redefining the city guide concept by producing a lifestyle publication aimed at going beyond the sense of a traditional magazine.  Published annually, Original Makers Club cultivates a vibrant member base of the best local businesses a city has to offer. 



Since early 2012, Original Makers Club has curated a series of events in Kentucky and beyond that bring our publication, members and city to life.  Since then Original Makers Club has produced dinners, polo exhibitions, derby parties, the KY Bourbon Affair, Garden & Gun Magazine horse racing events, southern Bourbon celebrations and so much more.  These events carry the intent to reveal the many talents of our members to a community that yearns for events that are concerned more about going into depth, and not breadth.  



Our Events




October 22

On October 22nd Original Makers Club invites you to join us for an exclusive family style meal where new and old friends will gather over delectable food and fine Bourbon.

Includes craft cocktail hour with Woodford Reserve, Live Music and a Family Style Brunch!

November  05

On November 5th Join Original Makers Club for our 3rd annual Southern Supper & Shoot event at Beautiful Ashbourne Farms.  Arrive onto the farm and enjoy some time on one of the finest private sporting clays courses in the country.  afterwards join us on the back lawn of the farm house for live music, a cocktail hour and a true farm to table dinner.

November 19

On October 22nd Original Makers Club invites you to join us for a special dinner and experience.  Guest will enjoy a full butcher demo of a Woodland Farm hog by Commonwealth Cure



march 17'

Original Makers Club & Lexington Art League partnered up for an Art Party in Lexington to celebrate the art curator by Cat Wentworth, former director of institute 193, had brought together.  The party immersed attendees in a complete artistic and cultural experience.  Craft cocktails by Woodford Reserve were  paired with passed Hors d'oeuvre's and the talents of local musicians.


April 17'

Original Makers Club & Woodford Reserve hosted a private party at the Keeneland Mansion including a delectable mansion brunch, Bourbon bloody marys, and live music.  Guest arrived in the finest of Southern fashions to kick off another race meet at Historic Keeneland Race Track.  We were happy to welcome Draper James, Brooks Brothers, Vineyard Vines and Ariat in for private trunks shows.


May 17'

May 5, Oaks Brunch, Kentucky Derby weekend is far and the way the most coveted time to be a Kentuckian.  100 Guest Joined us for our 4th annual Woodford Reserve Oaks Garden Party and Brunch and allowed us to kick off the weekend in style.  From Woodford Reserve mint juleps to mimosas guest had it all as we celebrated with Woodford Reserve the official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby.  A seated family style brunch at one of Louisville's most acclaimed and culinary forward restaurants Rye on Market was the perfect start to a memorable weekend.


Derby 6, Derby Brunch, Original Makers Club hosted the premier Derby morning event to begin the celebration of the 143rd Run for the Roses.  100 guest joined Original Makers Club Derby morning at the Speed Art Museum where they were welcomed with a Kentucky Bourbon Bar hosted by Polo Bar & Woodford Reserve the official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby. After cocktails everyone was treated to a truly one-of-a-kind, 5-star menu, Southern family style brunch by executive chef Coby Ming of Wiltshire at the Speed. Special live musical guests played through-out the event!


May 6, Derby After Dusk, Continuing 21c Museum Hotel's decadent Derby Night history, we presented 'Derby After Dusk'.  A celebration of the arts and our emerging Louisville culture through music and special entertainment. Heavy hors d'ourves from acclaimed chef Mike Wajda via Proof and classic Woodford Reserve cocktails were enjoyed. This was THE way to end your Kentucky Derby stay with one of the most exclusive parties on offer after the 143rd Run for the Roses!


May 21st / As spring comes around each year, Lexington prepares for another race day at High Hope Steeplechase. This year marks the forty eighth running of the High Hope Steeplechase and we are honored to carry on the racing tradition by hosting a luxurious tailgate with our friends Bob Mickler's. Craft cocktails by Woodford Reserve, music, prime viewing areas and the best company you can surround yourself with!

August 17'

August 12th Original Makers Club joined forces with premier shotgun maker and lifestyle brand Barrett Sovereign and Woodford Reserve to host a Southern Supper & Shoot at Nashville Gun Club in Nashville, TN.



September 17'

On September 28th Original Makers Club was honored to partner with The Summit at Fritz Farm and Woodford Reserve to produce a VIP event to launch Kentucky's first food barn.  Showcasing the openings of Smithtown, Crank & Book, KY for KY, Pasture by Marksbury Farm, Athenian Grill, Atomic Ramen and Whiskey Bear Bar!

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February 16'

Original Makers Club welcomes 21c Museum Hotel to Lexington, Kentucky with an artful soiree.  A who's who guest list, lock-box culinary creations, Woodford Reserve cocktails, ice bars, aerial performances and so much more.


May 16'

Original Makers Club kicks off a beautiful Kentucky Derby weekend with the Woodford Reserve Oaks Garden Party and Brunch.  A 100 ft farm table set in the middle of Upper St. in downtown Lexington, KY.  


Original Makers Club continued the party in Lexington, KY on Derby Eve in the newly opened 21c Museum Hotel.  An event not soon to be forgotten!  


Original Makers Club Farewell Derby & Mothers Day Brunch in Louisville, KY.  An urban soiree set on East Market Street in Nulu, with Royals Hot Chicken. 


June 16'

Original Makers Club traveled to Lexington, KY to partner with County Club for the next installment of the OMC Dinner Series with Woodford Reserve.  

Original Makers Club partnered with Ashbourne Farms and Woodford Reserve for our 2nd annual Southern Supper and Shotgun Shoot event.  We sampled the art of sporting clays, bourbon and a farm to table dinner on beautiful Ashbourne Farm.  



Original Makers Club, Woodford Reserve and Monnik Beer Company joined forces to bring you a one of a kind Bourbon & Beer Dinner!  Guest enjoyed a cocktail hour where they sampled the best of Monnik's craft beer selection, Woodford Reserve craft cocktails and a beer & bourbon mixed cocktail!  Then a seated 5-course dinner with special beer pairings from Monnik's executive chef... including a Monnik specialty beer aged in Woodford Bourbon Barrels was had!


Original Makers Club, Woodford Reserve & Churchill Downs came together to offer the Original Makers Club Courtyard Lounge at this years Downs after Dark.  The Sport of Kings was enjoyed track-side from famed section 119 indoor/outdoor finish line courtyard.  Guest enjoyed live music, regionally inspired small plate style fare, beer, wine and Woodford Reserve Craft Cocktails.  

For a full photo gallery CLICK HERE



Original Makers Club celebrated opening weekend at Keeneland’s fall meet with Garden & Gun Magazine.

Guest enjoyed Southern fare, Woodford Reserve cocktails and bloody-mary bar, live music, and exclusive access to the Keene Place Mansion. Following the brunch, guest viewed premier Kentucky thoroughbred racing from the private Keeneland Clubhouse.  

For a full photo gallery CLICK HERE


October 22nd /  Original Makers Club hosted the VIP Experience as part of the Kentucky Southern Social events at Hermitage Classic.  The weather was absolutely perfect for this fall classic.  VIP guest enjoyed the best viewing spots via private lounge for one of the finest equine sports, craft Woodford Reserve cocktail bars, live music, Korbel champagne toast and so much more.   The Hermitage Classic always provides the best Kentucky has to offer. 

October 23rd / Kentucky Southern Social Bourbon & Champagne Tailgate happened!  Original Makers Club hosted tailgating in partnership with Fund for the Arts Sunday morning for the cones and awards portion of the Hermitage Classic.  It was the perfect opportunity to get out with family and friends, have access to one of the oldest working horse farms in Kentucky, and enjoy beautiful weather and sport.  Private Woodford Reserve cocktail bars were open for tailgate guest along with live musical talents from some of the regions finest artist.  

For a full photo gallery CLICK HERE



november 16'

November 11 /  Original Makers Club hosted a very special Cocktails + Art Dinner Series with the uber talented Susan Herschberg of Wiltshire Pantry at the newly remodeled and award winning Speed Art Museum.  Guest enjoyed live music, an open craft cocktail bar by Woodford Reserve, cocktail hour in the sculpture garden and full seated dinner with specialty wines and Woodford Reserve!  

all cinematography by @bryanstarrcinematography
all photography by @originalmakersclub @bellagracestudios




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2015 Original Makers Club Southern Supper & Shotgun Shoot

100 guests joined the beautiful fall KY weather for an evening not soon forgotten.  A tree lined drive welcome, decadent Jack Daniels Cocktails and the amazing performance from Karsten Nelson band got the evening started.

Followed by skeet shooting over the Ashbourne Farm pond and a beautiful 5 course meal prepared by Wiltshire on Market using fresh ingredients from the farm.

The 2016 Original Makers Club Southern Supper & Shotgun Shoot date and information will be announced soon!

Location Ashbourne Farms
Chef Wiltshire on Market
Shotgun Instruction Elk Creek Hunt Club
Band Karsten Nelson Band
Airstream Aluminous Events
Cocktails Jack Daniels Whiskey
Clothier Bob Micklers






A cornerstone building, restaurant and culture hub on East Market Street; defined as NULU.  I remember touring the building with owner Michael Trager Kusman before he polished the historic space into what it has become today.  Working hand in hand with interior design firm Bittners he created a welcoming, vibrant and culinary forward restaurant in a space that once lay dormant.

Today RYE is one of the go to places on our list in Louisville. We know the menu will always push the envelope and never disappoint. Inevitable because of RYE's popularity you may have a small wait for your table.  A welcomed inconvenience because at the bar you will find one of the finest and most well thought out cocktail menus in the city.  

Upcoming events at RYE
Back Porch Sessions
May 19th - Adam & Sarah of Murder by Death, Justin Paul Lewis, + Cereal
June 16th - Graffiti, The Foxery, + Twenty First Century Fox
July 21st - Brenda, Discount Guns, + Legs Akimbo
August 18th - Quiet Hollers, + New Bravado
September 24th - Beacons, Kogan Dumb, Cousins, JR and more.

900 east market street
louisville, kentucky
502 479 6200




Jason Cohen Wood Artisan

Jason Cohen has been making classic and one of a kind designs for almost twenty years. A recent move to NULU has given Louisvillian's and travelers a chance to visit his store front and see these designs up close. From entire restaurants to simple projects Jason has used the materials around his home state of Ky to craft unique pieces of art.  Jason realized that using old wood or otherwise unusable materials would be his calling. He built the Blind Pig and 732 social entirely out of Dumpster wood and old barns. Since then he uses anything he can get his hand on. Right now its bourbon barrels. he crafts stools and tables entirely from the waste of a nearby cooperage. He says he has so many new designs that there is just not enough time to make all of them. But he’s going to try.

218 south shelby street
louisville, kentucky

502 553 9663




County club

County Club is a restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky committed to exploring and expanding the American tradition of smoking meats using hardwoods and low temperatures. It examines barbecue classics by utilizing responsibly raised Kentucky cow, hog, sheep, goat, and chicken while applying flavor traditions from around the world.

County Club creations of smoked meats & fish, pickles, pastries, vinegars, and jerky will be offered for lunch and dinner, along with sides, daily salads and blackboard specials, craft beer, wine, cocktails, Magic Beans coffee, and bottles of soda.

Upcoming events at County Club
June 12th - Original Makers Club Dinner Series with County Club purchase tickets

555 jefferson street
lexington, kentucky
859 389 6555




After taking a long, relaxed draw from the cigar that bears his name, Ted launches into an eloquent soliloquy on the nuances of a fine cigar. Just before the moment one might think he is making the experience out to be too self-important, he finishes by saying, “It’s just a cigar.” Such a simple statement is simultaneously close to and far from the truth, as the humble product cradled in his fingers belies the years spent leading up to this moment of leisure in the relentless pursuit of a cigar that meets his exacting standards.

Ted’s foray into cigar production began in 1996 when he was approached by Maker’s Mark to create a cigar for their “Roaring 20s” Derby party. In response, Ted created a unique premium cigar actually flavored with Maker’s Mark Bourbon. After a great deal of trial and error, he found that the ideal way to add subtle bourbon flavor, without affecting the cigar’s integrity, was through the tedious and time consuming process of aromatic seasoning. A similar amount of effort went into the packaging, in which each cigar is sealed in a glass tube and finished off with a signature Maker’s Mark wax drip. The blending of fine bourbon with a premium cigar in a unique presentation has not gone unnoticed, as millions of these cigars are now sold worldwide.

Another benefit of the endeavor was that Ted experienced the intimate details of the challenges and opportunities inherent in the Dominican Republic. “Traveling there regularly really allows me to see and experience another culture,” he said. Ted’s development of the Maker’s Mark blend led him down the separate path of creating a premium small batch blend for his personal use. He tried dozens of different combinations before settling on a unique blend of Brazilian, Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco. Little did he realize then how popular this cigar, which he created for himself, would prove to be.

Today, the “ted’s” cigar is available in hundreds of retail outlets across the United States and around the world. 





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