October 18, 2018

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.

Photos from Bourbon & Bowties