By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Mar 12, 2024 at 6:02 PM

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After achieving six NBA championships and two Olympic medals, longtime Chicago Bulls basketball player Scottie Pippen made his official foray into the beverage market. 

His new bourbon whiskey – aptly named Digits (after the player’s large hands) – was made in partnership with legendary Napa Valley winemaker Dave Phinney at Savage & Cooke Distillery in California. Originally released exclusively to the Chicago market, the bourbon is now available in additional markets, including Wisconsin.

You can get a taste of the whiskey, enjoy an expertly paired three-course dinner and meet Pippen in the flesh on Monday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. during a very special Digits Dinner at Merriment Social, 240 E Pittsburgh Ave.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

On the menu

Uphoff smoked ham sliders (bourbon maraschino glaze, Grand Cru Gruyère and black truffle butter on Hawaiian rolls) and pimento cheese deviled eggs
Pairing: Gold Medal Greenpoint: Savage & Cooke Rye, Yellow Chartreuse, Carpano Antica, Angostura & Orange Bitters

First Course
Ora King Salmon crudo (salsa macha, crispy rice, marinated cucumber, shaved red onion, sesame)
Pairing: Digits Bourbon Yuzu Black Tea French 95

Second Course
Braised beef shortrib with sweet potato gratin, roasted kale, bourbon-pepita gastrique, haystack onions
Pairing: Digits Bourbon Black Walnut Apple Butter Old Fashioned

Third Course
Sticky toffee gooey butter cake with pecans and bourbon whipped cream
Pairing: Digits Bourbon (neat pour)


Tickets are available for purchase online with two levels from which to choose. Pricing is $115 per person (plus tax and gratuity) for the dinner and beverage pairings; Guests can add a signed bottle of Digits for $175 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Additional signed bottles of Digits are also available for $75 each.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.