Maker’s Mark Dinner To Feature Son of Distillery’s Founders

(LAWRENCE, KS) – The Eldridge Hotel welcomes Bill Samuels Jr., chairman emeritus and son of the founders of Maker’s Mark, Thursday, Nov. 10 for a presentation on bourbon and Kansas history, along with a 5-course meal presented by Executive Chef Matthew Michel-Cox.

Samuels Jr. will co-present with Lieutenant Colonel Tony Mullis, USAF (Ret.), on William Quantrill, his raids and how he met his end on Samuels’ property in Kentucky. Mr. Samuels, Jr. will also walk us through a bourbon flight and later sign autographs.

Among the menu highlights are a Bourbon Chipotle Braised Pork Belly, Seared Bison & Oyster Mushrooms En Bouche, and Dark Chocolate Mascarpone & Blueberry Cheesecake. The full menu is available at

The dinner is a fundraiser for the Elizabeth Watkins Museum of History in Downtown Lawrence. Only a few seats are left for this dinner, which is $120 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. $25 of each dinner sold benefits the museum. Call 785-749-1005 today and secure your seat at the table.

“We’re honored to bring Bill Samuels, Jr. to Lawrence for this fundraiser dinner supporting the Watkins Museum,” said Nancy Longhurst, The Eldridge’s General Manager. “This evening will reflect The Eldridge’s legacy of history, award-winning service, fine dining, and cocktails.”

“History is a high-interest topic in Lawrence, Kansas, and this visit from Mr. Samuels, Jr. is a big deal. Tony Mullis, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, will share historical perspective of Quantrill and how he died on Mr. Samuels’ family property in Kentucky. And of course, Mr. Samuels will offer an insider look into the business of bourbon,” said Steve Novak, Watkins’ Museum of History director. “Many community members contributed to making this event possible, and many more have already called for reservations. We thank them all!”

The event starts with a reception at 6pm. The presentation begins at 6:30pm in the Crystal Ballroom. The presentation will only be available to individuals with dinner reservations.

Members of the media may request temporary entrance during the presentation. Request for interviews prior to the event are welcome. Call 785-830-3933 and speak with Nancy Longhurst, Eldridge GM, regarding pre-event interviews with Mr. Samuels or Mr. Mullis.

The Maker’s Mark Dinner is cosponsored by Watkins Museum, US Bank, Glazer's, Gene Fritzel Construction and the family of Gene Fritzel.

About The Olivia Collection Properties

The Eldridge Hotel, built in 1925, is located at the intersection of 7th and Massachusetts streets in the heart of Downtown Lawrence. The Eldridge’s design features 48 large, well-appointed suites; warm valet and concierge servic¬¬¬es; award-winning wine list; free wi-fi; and innovative meeting spaces in the main building and at the extended-stay property, Eldridge Extended, 201 8th St.

The Oread, Lawrence’s newest premiere property located on the north edge of KU’s campus, offers 99 rooms, breath-taking views from two terraces, award-winning restaurants and wine list, free wi-fi, and fully equipped meeting and social spaces.

The Olivia Collection, the holding company for the two boutique hotels, employs 250 community members, depending on the season, who are bright and service-oriented. They look forward to being of service to you!


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