With COVID-19 putting a damper on social life as we used to know it, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is bringing their annual, not-to-be-missed event to the homes of their partygoers. And not only is their Bourbon & BowTie Bash a good time, it has the bonus of being for a good cause — finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

“Being several months into the pandemic, I think everyone is suffering a bit of Zoom fatigue,” says Melissa Newman, JDRF Southern & Central Ohio Chapter’s executive director. “So, rather than having another great event go virtual, we wanted to find a way for people to socialize in-person and do so in a way that was safe and comfortable for them.

“That’s when we came up with the ‘at-home’ concept. People can host their own small gatherings and we will provide the rest. This is an opportunity for people to bring the hottest party in Cincinnati right into their own home.”

On Saturday, Oct. 17, guests can expect a four-course gourmet meal delivered to their door, which will include an appetizer, salad, duo entrée and dessert. Ticket purchasers within the 275 loop will receive free contactless delivery to their doors. Pick-up locations in Nothern Kentucky, Dayton and Columbus will be available. And since this is the Bourbon & BowTie Bash, all courses will have a bourbon twist.

“In addition to the catered meal, all guests will receive a custom-curated Bourbon Basket that includes tasting glasses, bourbon samples, wine, beer and seltzers, courtesy of Heidelberg Distributing, and all manners of other swag, goodies and surprises,” says Newman. “While I’m excited about all elements of this event, I think our Bourbon Basket is the most fun and will bring joy to all of our bourbon-loving guests out there.”

Unlike most live-streamed events, hosts will have control of their party with optional online elements they can play.

“With our Bourbon & BowTie Bash At Home, we want people to celebrate and socialize with their own circle of friends and family in small gatherings,” says Newman. “To keep the party moving, we won’t be streaming all night or offering long-segment programming. “Instead, we’ll have pre-recorded, guided bourbon-tastings and cocktail demos from celebrity bartenders that party hosts can opt to show or not. We want them to have the flexibility of deciding when to show this to their guests.”

During the party, guests will also have the option to donate to JDRF through bidding on silent auction items. The Bourbon & BowTie Bash is known for having a variety of bourbons, spirits and wines to bid on, as well as travel packages and Cincinnati Bengals experiences.

“Of course, we would all rather be having our giant Bash like previous years, but I really think this is the next best thing,” Newman says, with a smile. “We encourage those who plan to host a Bourbon & BowTie Bash to really embrace the ‘at-home’ concept. We’ll deliver all the essential elements to throw a killer party, but it’s up to them to add all the flair and final touches like decorations and staging the food. So, we hope that people embrace their inner Martha Stewart and go big this year to make their Bourbon & BowTie Bash the party of the year!”


For more information, visit jdrfbourbon.org