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Highwayman Whisky Masterclass Postponed
August 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Unfortunately Postponed Due To Covid Restrictions – New Date Will Be Announced
With Dan Woolley & Executive Chef Stephen Mills
7pm for 7.30pm
Four course tasting experience, with Highwayman Whisky presented by Dan Woolley and a locally inspired menu by Executive Chef, Stephen Mills
Highwayman is the hard work and lifelong commitment of Dan Woolley.
Dan has been one of the modern day faces of whisky over the last ten years, holding one of the most sought after Whisky Ambassador roles in Australia. Throughout this role he travelled countless hours, covered thousands of highway miles with a bag full of whisky, educating whisky lovers – He was the Highwayman of Whisky.
This role gave him a backstage pass to globally renown distilleries throughout Scotland (especially Islay), Kentucky, Tasmania and Japan. These journeys developed a deeper understanding of production and a big love for maturation of whisky.
In 2016 Dan started to lay down his own sprit in his chosen casks, collecting the first dozen batches from favourite distillery locations around Australia. He sent them on the highway to coastal Byron Bay, NSW, their new home (and his) where they matured while Dan started acquiring the equipment he needed to produce his own spirit. In a dream come true with an alignment with Lord Byron Distillery, on his own still he started to produce his own spirit in 2018.
In mid 2020 he launched the brand Highwayman – his life’s work in a liquid library for all to share. The first bottlings not only sold out in minutes but have now made their way back on the highway to whisky lovers all over Australia and some of them sneaking off internationally.
Highwayman – made by a serious whisky lover for serious whisky lovers to enjoy and share everywhere….
Inspired into food at an early age by his grandfather cooking on wood fired ovens, with a pot of some magical mystery stew always on the go and having home killed lamb, pork and chickens hanging in his chiller, curiosity soon took over. Stephen started his culinary adventure the old school way washing dishes at the magnificent Hydro Majestic Resort on weekends and at school in Home Economics then onto becoming an Apprentice Chef in the Blue Mountains of NSW at 16 years old.
Working within Restaurants, Hotels, Clubs and Resorts through his training under the guidance of hardened European Chefs he soon fell in love with the industry that has given him the opportunity to travel and work all over the world. From Byron Bay in the early 90s Beach Hotel and Byron Services Club to Kakadu and Darwin’s MGM Grand Casino, South East Asia to London, Jersey Channel Islands, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, Jamaica, Maldives, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and finally back to Australia with 4 children in tow.Back in Australia representing Electrolux and AEG with on stage Cooking Demonstrations at Adelaide’s Cellar Door Festival and National Cooking Shows, Stephen enjoys the interaction with clients and sees the Ballina RSL with its open kitchen and desire to create great food within one of the Northern NSW largest venues the ideal place to share his experiences in food to all.
Stephen wants to see Ballina RSL Club in the Top 10 Clubs in Australia and surround himself with a team of chefs and Apprentices that can create that from the Boardwalk Dining experiences to the re-opening of Spinnakers Restaurant to Weddings and Corporate Functions in the Gala Auditorium and our Café with in house Pastry Chefs.
Sauteed yabby tails, vegetable escabeche, yabby bisque
Highwayman Batch #10 – Apera Cask Tawny Finish
Caramelized boudin noir, scallops, butternut pumpkin, herb foam
Highwayman Single Oloroso Sherry Cask #2
Tournedos of lamb, cannelloni of braised neck, creamed chard
Highwayman Single Pedro Ximeinez Sherry
Blood orange souffle, chocolate gelato filled white chocolate , Vietnamese mint sorbet
Highwayman Batch #2 – Refill Wet Tawny Casks
Please note that this is a set menu & cannot be altered for any requestsBUY TICKETS HERE