October 10, 2019

In October of 2014, a group of young Shreveport businessmen held an invite-only networking event at the courtyard of Rhino Coffee.  Grilled oysters, locally brewed craft beer, and cigars were served, and the group made new contacts and welcomed the Fall weather.  News of the event spread, and the following year, tickets were made available to the public.  Small batch bourbons are featured each year, along with a signature tasting glass to commemorate the event.

After three years of growth, the event was forced to move to a larger location.  Organizers searched for a venue in keeping with the vibe of a private, wooded area in the heart of the city.  The group partnered with the owners of the Brown Estate, located in the heart of Shreveport’s historic South Highlands Neighborhood.  Considered one of Shreveport’s finest mansions, the home was built by Elias Goldstein, co-founder of the neighborhood.

In recent years, live music has been added to the event, along with an Old Fashioned bar and locally brewed craft beer.  This year’s event will add sparkling wine to the menu, while continuing the tradition of networking in an exclusive and unique setting, and partaking in small batch bourbon, grilled oysters and meats, and cigars.

For the 6th annual event, a new location has been selected.  Jacquelyn’s Cafe, located on Shreveport’s historic Louisiana Avenue, will be the host site of 2019 Bourbon & Bowties.  Like previous locations, this site features a charming wooded area in the heart of the city, perfect for networking under the stars.  The cafe will also provide a private, indoor space to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music.  Bourbon & Bowties is excited to expand, offering an intimate piano bar atmosphere inside the cafe, and an outdoor celebration of fall weather with craft cocktails, cigars, and live music.

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