Set on a private sporting estate in Richmond, Rhode Island, sit two Hobbit Houses which you can reserve for a unique private dining experience. Maker’s Mark Bourbon sponsors the event, so the dinner is paired with their offerings.
I experienced this dinner with three girlfriends. After passing through the security gates to enter the Preserve, we parked at the Lodge. A driver then whisked us into the woods. Even though we had booked for four, we lucked out to get to dine in the eight-person Hobbit House. Not only is it much bigger inside, but it also has its own outdoor area, which is a huge boon.
We were then left in the care of our personal server. The dinner was five courses, each scrumptious with flavors of bourbon. We had plenty of everything, enough even to take home leftovers. We received everything on the menu, which was laid out in front of us for family-style eating. Each course was paired with bourbon or a glass of wine. For those in our party that didn’t want bourbon shots, coke was added to settle the burn.
The Hobbit House is well heated, so we weren’t the least bit cold during our winter visit.
Bourbon is my favorite alcohol (have you seen the bourbon ice cream in my favorite ice cream post?) Just as a refresher, bourbon is American-made whiskey whose mash must have been at least 51 percent corn and was distilled in charred new oak barrels. I love it because of its sweet, generally vanilla-like flavor. But if you don’t like bourbon, this experience is still worth having. Two of my friends didn’t and didn’t regret spending the money for the night. And the night is quite expensive.
Visit The Preserve Sporting Club’s Website to book your Rhode Island dining experience.