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Contest Closed MadeWithLove #Win 2 Tickets Worth $130+ August 31 Hotel Vancouver

Congrats Colleen! To celebrate the upcoming  MadeWithLove, the largest mixology competition in Canada, we are giving away 2 tickets!

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The finals for MadeWithLove will be held on August 31st at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, located at 900 West Georgia Street from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. and you can win tickets with Good Life Vancouver or purchase Tickets here  www.enjoyMadeWithLove.com 14 bartenders from across the city will compete during the finals to impress over 500 cocktail enthusiasts with exclusive and innovative creations. Each cocktail will be judged based on its originality, creativity and taste. It’s a boozy night! Enjoy the cocktails created by the finalists who qualified in June : Alana Bertrand, Notch8 Dales Styner, The Cascade Room Graeme MacLeod, Calabash Bistro Graham Masters, Independent James White, Independent Jason Laidlaw, Blacktail Restaurant Kylie Barlett, Blacktail Restaurant Philipp Karatsyupa, Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar Rob Scope, The Cascade Room Samir Sharma, The Keefer Bar Stephen Tufts, Dickies Ginger Beer Wesley Hardy, Calabash Bistro Felix Vallières, Independent Frank Palter, Fairmont Waterfront The People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice winners will represent the city at the National Finale which is slated to be held in Vancouver in May 2016.

Visit www.enjoymadewithlove.com to purchase your tickets at the pre-sale price before August 17th. Your ticket will give to access to taste the 14 cocktails and afford you the right to vote for the People’s Choice.

About MadeWithLove™ – www.enjoymadewithlove.com
Founded in 2009, MadeWithLove™ has a mission to demystify the cocktail culture and to offer an experience where creativity and diversity come together in a casual environment. Since its inception, MadeWithLove has hosted more than 50 competitions across Canada and Mexico.
 
Thanks to our precious partners :
Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum / Campari / Disaronno / Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey / Hendrick’s Gin / 1800 Tequila /Skyy Vodka / Wild Turkey

CONTEST CLOSED Win A Made With Love Cocktail Tasting

Congrats to Michelle, Cindy and Grace!

To celebrate the upcoming  MadeWithLove™, the largest mixology competition in Canada, we are giving away a pre-competition cocktail tasting for four with Good Life Vancouver and 05 Tea Shop. Two sets of two tickets are available. Date confirmed shortly.

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Made with love is August 31, 2015

Visit www.enjoymadewithlove.com to purchase your tickets at the pre-sale price before August 17th. Your ticket will give to access to taste the 14 cocktails and afford you the right to vote for the People’s Choice.

About MadeWithLove™ – www.enjoymadewithlove.com
Founded in 2009, MadeWithLove™ has a mission to demystify the cocktail culture and to offer an experience where creativity and diversity come together in a casual environment. Since its inception, MadeWithLove™ has hosted more than 50 competitions across Canada and Mexico.
 
Thanks to our precious partners :
Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum / Campari / Disaronno / Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey / Hendrick’s Gin / 1800 Tequila /Skyy Vodka / Wild Turkey

Shake It Up At Made With Love

MadeWithLove™, the largest mixology competition in Canada, is coming back to town!

After Winnipeg and Calgary, continues its 2015 western tour in the great city of Vancouver. The finals will be held on August 31st at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, located at 900 West Georgia Street from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Tickets are available at the presale price of $55 until August 17th (regular price $65) at www.enjoyMadeWithLove.com or at participating locations.

14 bartenders from across the city will compete during the finals to impress over 500 cocktail enthusiasts with exclusive and innovative creations. Each cocktail will be judged based on its originality, creativity and taste.

Made With Love

Come and enjoy the cocktails created by the finalists who qualified in June:

Alana Bertrand, Notch8
Dales Styner, The Cascade Room
Graeme MacLeod, Calabash Bistro
Graham Masters, Independent
James White, Independent
Jason Laidlaw, Blacktail Restaurant
Kylie Barlett, Blacktail Restaurant
Philipp Karatsyupa, Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar
Rob Scope, The Cascade Room
Samir Sharma, The Keefer Bar
Stephen Tufts, Dickies Ginger Beer
Wesley Hardy, Calabash Bistro
Felix Vallières, Independent
Frank Palter, Fairmont Waterfront

The People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice winners will represent the city at the National Finale which is slated to be held in Vancouver in May 2016.

Visit www.enjoymadewithlove.com to purchase your tickets at the presale price before August 17th. Your ticket will give to access to taste the 14 cocktails and afford you the right to vote for the People’s Choice. 

About MadeWithLove™ – www.enjoymadewithlove.com
Founded in 2009, MadeWithLove™ has a mission to demystify the cocktail culture and to offer an experience where creativity and diversity come together in a casual environment. Since its inception, MadeWithLove™ has hosted more than 50 competitions across Canada and Mexico.
 
Thanks to our precious partners :
Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum / Campari / Disaronno / Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey / Hendrick’s Gin / 1800 Tequila /Skyy Vodka / Wild Turkey

Cocktail Retro-Rejuvenation

Last year we asked Vancouver’s best bartenders to ‘Surpass Cuffs and Buttons’ and take M.W. Heron’s timeless concoction, now known as Southern Comfort, to the next level. They answered the challenge admirably with dozens of entries resulting in quite possibly the best Southern Comfort cocktails, sours, punches, and smashes EVER.

Of course one bartender managed to edge out her peers to claim victory and the spoils that go along with our annual challenge; a trip for two to the Southern Comfort homeland, New Orleans Louisiana.

Danielle Tatarin (The Keefer Bar) and her “Milk and Honey #8”, channelled the spirit of our society’s patron, M.W. Heron, by using ingredients from all over the globe…as M.W. would’ve done from his tavern at the global crossroads that New Orleans, was back in the day.

This year the challenge is to right some of the wrongs that may have been done our venerable

spirit….and a few others as well. The bright colours, the loud bouncy synthesizers, the painters-palate range of coloured liqueurs,the neon hued… ‘ahem… “bar mixes” the extremely upbeat and saccharin sweet cocktail culture, who doesn’t love the 80s? Retro Rejuvenation is a bartender competition, mixed with the vibe and culture of the 1980’s for an entire evening gone “retro”. Ginger 62 Night Club, Brown-Forman Canada and The Canadian Professional Bartender’s Association play host to a fun and interactive evening, celebrating the rejuvenation of all things “retro”.

Starting at 6:00pm November 28, Bartenders will compete against one another with a rejuvenated “classic” (determined ahead of time) and make it delicious and palatable right before eyes, using  homemade syrups, pops, good spirits, garnishes, purees, jams, bitters… the sky is the limit! The top 8 bartenders are invited to compete in the finals, using their original Southern Comfort cocktail entry. The winners? First and Second place head to New Orleans. Third place, an authentic Jack Daniel’s Guitar.

 

Bonus Round: Ginger62 is well equipped to deal with all of your consumption needs. All products will be available, including discounted prices on CPBA punches and draft beer; maybe even shot of Jack Daniel’s if you ask them politely! Ginger62 will also has their “world famous” photo-booth available!

Details:

  • November 28 2011 6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Ginger 62 Night Club
  • RSVPBC@CanadianBartenders.com
  • $10.00 cover at the door – hors d’oeuvres, drink tickets, performers, music and more!
  • Open to the public – proceeds of your ticket goes back to the Canadian Professional Bartender’s Association, and back into our program schedule for 2012.
  • Dresscode is recommended.
  • Sponsored by Brown-Forman Canada, The Southern Comfort Society, Ginger62 Night Club, Whistler Brewing, Kale & Nori, The CPBA
  • Hosted by Simon Ogden and Lauren Mote
  • Competitors: a list of 20 bartenders will be revealed on event day.
  • Judges: a professional band of 6 judges will be revealed on event day.

Cornucopia: Whistler’s mixology masters take their cocktail creations to the stage for Cornucopia

From rooftop garden to drink shaker, the cocktail culture in Whistler is flourishing, fuelled by a group of local distillers and mixologists creating artisan cocktails inspired by local ingredients.

The 2011 Cornucopia Food & Wine Festival brings local masters of mixology to the stage to showcase their creative cocktails paired with delectable canapés as part of the Viking Stage Series.

Known as the Commander and Chief of Beverage at Nita Lake Lodge – Hailey Pasemko has defined a cocktail culture for the resort’s Aura restaurant and Cure lounge and patio.  The cocktail menu at Nita Lake Lodge consists of Pasemko’s original creations – utilizing fresh herbs and flowers from the rooftop garden including thyme, watercress and mint. Pasemko’s passion for the fresh, combined with her forward-thinking approach, lead her to create her own bitters, garnishes and unique infused sprits. From pickled Jerusalem artichokes, to cedar-infused rye, Hailey takes the cocktail experience to a higher level.

Aura’s Executive Chef, Tim Cuff, will take centre stage with Pasemko pairing cocktails with handcrafted canapés. Highlights are sure to include Aura’s house made charcuterie. Nita Lake Lodge presents their Viking Stage Seminar on Friday November 11 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Whistler Conference Centre.

The passionate proprietors of FoodLovers – A bistro located in the nearby Pemberton Valley, just north of Whistler, will present their Viking Stage Seminar “Sharing Life, Love and Local Foods” on Sunday November 13 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. at the Whistler Conference Centre.  The brainchild of Pastry Chef Jenna Dashney and award-winning chef Maxim Ridorossi, FoodLovers creates artisanal food with local, organic ingredients sourced from the abundant Pemberton Valley. Jenna and Maxim will be combining their locavore creations with Pemberton Distillery’s cocktail sensations from husband and wife team Tyler and Lorien Schramm.

Cocktails will feature the international award-winning Schramm vodka – the only certified organic small batch potato vodka in the world, the new blueberry-infused vodka as well as Canada’s first organic gin. Lorien Schramm emphasizes that “similar to wine, with cocktail pairing, the food drives the drink and you can either complement or contrast flavours to create the ideal tasting experience. However, with cocktails you have the ability to build and tweak the complexity of the cocktail to work with the dish being served, whereas with wine or beer you already have a set flavour profile.”

Cornucopia 2011 also welcomes Sonoma County Vintners, featured at the CRUSH Gala Grand tasting, the Industry trade tasting, Regional Walkabout and headlining exclusive trade and consumer seminars. Sonoma cool climate wines deliver unique qualities derived from an environment like no other. The differences and subtleties of the terroir of the American Viticulture Areas of Carneros, Sonoma Coast, and Russian River Valley will be explored. Sonoma’s cool climate growing regions are sculpted by the Pacific fogs rolling in and out from the ocean nearby, making these areas perfect for producing elegant, subtle Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines with character and distinction. Sonoma County Wines will present their wine seminar on Saturday November 12t from 4.30 – 6 p.m.at the Whistler Conference Centre.

Visit www.whistlercornucopia.com for ticket and event information. Media are invited to apply for accreditation to Cornucopia 2011. Accreditation forms can be accessed at http://www.whistlercornucopia.com/about/media.html

Showcase Your Skills Behind The Bar: Open Call for Bartenders, Chefs and Restaurant Owners

Cocktail Creativity Goes Local as the Comox Valley’s Old House Restaurant Hosts Drink Competition Featuring Local Ingredients

Do you have some serious skills behind the bar creating memorable cocktails out of unique ingredients? Come put those talents to the test this July in the Comox Valley as the Old House Restaurant hosts the first Local Libations Cocktail Competition.

Bartenders, chefs and restaurant owners from across B.C. are invited to enter a spectacular cocktail of their making with one catch – the ingredients in the cocktail (other than spirits) must be from the Comox Valley.

Sixteen guest bartenders will have their cocktails rated by a panel of judges including journalists, food bloggers, restaurant owners and others with prizes awarded for the top drink and the honor of hottest local cocktail.

Enter your drink today by contacting Old House owner Jeff Lucas or downloading the entry forms at www.oldhouserestaurant.ca/about-us/competition.html

The Local Libations Cocktail Competition will be held July 17 as part of the Third Annual Comox Valley 30-Day Local Food Challenge.

The Comox Valley 30-Day Local Food Challenge is an immersive community experience each July that connects people to the agricultural traditions and potential of this region. Each year you are challenged to spend 30 days experiencing local food through farm and food producer tours, restaurant events, educational activities and demonstrations that showcase the work and bounty of the nearly 500 farms, food producers and food-related organizations in the Comox Valley. Get all the details at www.eatlocalcomoxvalley.com

2011 major sponsors include the Comox Valley Record, Hellmann’s Real Food Movement, Discover Comox Valley, BC Shellfish Growers Association and Bernardin Canada with additional support from the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures Strathcona, Impact Visual Communications, Sign-age, the City of Courtenay Green Team and Comox Valley Farmers Market Association.

The Refinery’s Cocktail Kitchen Series Season Two

After just a mere 4 weeks off, the Refinery’s Cocktail Kitchen Series is back. Season Two offers up new spirit and menu pairings, a completely new roster of bartenders from all over the lower Mainland, and better monthly and series prizes than ever before.

Brief synopsis on the program:

$35 gets each guests 3 cocktails using the featured spirit, crafted by the featured bartender in their attempt to pair your 3 course menu from the related region. Each week the bartender changes, each month the cuisine and spirit changes. The guests are the judges, and each guest is eligible to win the grand prize*.

The launch of Season Two starts March 02 2011 with Casey MacKay representing The Pourhouse (Gastown) and Corby Distilleries. March’s competition holds cocktails using Jameson’s Irish Whiskey and the cuisine of Ireland in high-regard!

Here is the schedule for the month:

Wed March 02 Casey Mackay, Pourhouse & Corby Distilleries

Wed March 09 Max Burrowman, Fairmont Pacific Rim

Wed March 16 Graham Racich & Marlo Panucci, The Refinery

Wed March 23 Wendy McGuinness, Chambar

Wed March 30 Trevor Kallies, DHM Group

Schedules for the rest of the year will be coming out shortly, but here’s a preview:

APRIL Osake Granville Island Sake VS Japan

MAY Driftwood VS Thailand

JUNE Sherry VS Spain

JULY Buffalo Trace Bourbon VS Calgary Stampede’s Chuck-Wagon

AUGUST Cointreau VS Morocco

*The finals this year, in September 2011, will be sponsored by Flor de Cana Rum, and as always there are two prizes on the line. Both the winning bartender and the winning guest (guest chosen by random raffle) will win a trip to Nicaragua with Flor de Cana in the fall.

Tickets are now available online:

Cocktail Kitchen Season TwoTickets!

or call The Refinery 604-687-8001

We hope to see you out this season!

VCBW – Boilermaker Challenge at Pourhouse

Sunday, May 16

Howe Sound Boilermaker Challenge

Pourhouse

162 Water St., Vancouver (map)

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Pourhouse in Gastown proudly presents the Howe Sound Boilermaker Challenge where 8 of the city’s top bartenders will go head to head in a judged competition to choose the best beer and whiskey pairing. Selecting from Howe Sound’s eclectic line-up and from the extensive house whiskeys, a boilermaker champion will emerge with the audience playing a key role in the selection of the overall winner. Identify your designated driver now, and join us for a wild time! Includes beer and matching canapes by executive chef, Chris Irving.

Only 80 tickets are available.

TICKETS HERE $40

Top International Bartenders compete @ the 2010 George Mixlympic Games

Sponsored by Martin Miller’s Gin & Arc’teryx

Sunday, February 21 – Doors open at 12:00 pm
George Ultra Lounge, 1137 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
 
Everybody has medal fever this month in Vancouver and the international bartenders visiting George Ultra Lounge are no exception!  George bartender Shaun Layton has invited some of the best cocktail creators in the world to mix it up at George Ultra Lounge during the Olympics.  With so much bartending talent in one place, it just made sense to turn it into a competition.

The 2010 George Mixlympic Games will see ten intensely competitive bartenders – 6 international, 4 Canadian – compete head-to-head in a black box style event.  These masters of mixology will be vying for the top prize – $500 cash provided by Martin Miller’s Gin, but there will be medals too.  Gold, silver and bronze, just like the athletes competing in Vancouver and Whistler. Judges will be smartly outfitted with stylish Arc’teryx jackets. 

The event is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 12:00 pm but it might be best to get in line a little bit earlier.  The Games begin at 12:30 pm.

The international contestants are:

Joe Stokoe – Bar Manager for all three All Star Lanes, London, UK

Abdul Kpekawa – Bartender, All Star Lanes, London, UK

David Grieg – Bartender, All Star Lanes, London, UK

Ola Carlson – Bartender, Box 101, Stockholm, Sweden

Nicolos de Soto, Bartender, Experimental Cocktail Club & Curio Parlour, Paris, France

Charles Tan – Bartender, China Club, Paris, France.

Representing Canada will be:

Mark Brand – Owner, Boneta and The Diamond, Vancouver

David Wolwidnyk – Bar Manager, West, Vancouver

Jay Jones – Owner, The Pourhouse, Vancouver

Darryl Macdonald – Bartender, Port, Toronto

The extremely talented judges who will have the enviable job of tasting the cocktails and choosing the best are:

Rebecca Bollwitt – Vancouver Blogger, Miss 604

Jay Garnett – President, Whitefish Group 

Shaun Layton – Bar Manager, George Ultra Lounge

Andrew Morrison – Editor, Scout Magazine

Neal Mclennan – Editor, Western Living Magazine

George Oliphant – Host, NBC LX-TV

Joanne Sasvari – Freelance Journalist and Mixology Expert

Meet George

George Ultra Lounge is the Godfather of Vancouver’s cocktail culture.  Modeled in the London style, George pioneered the cocktail kitchen concept in Canada when it opened in 2005. Today, with award-winning Shaun Layton behind the bar, George continues to pour proper classic and market-fresh cocktails, complimented by a dinner and late night menu through 2 a.m.  George is located at 1137 Hamilton Street in Yaletown, and online at georgelounge.com. For reservations, or to secure the private room, phone 604.628.5555.

Vancouver’s Best Bartenders to compete at Pourhouse in “The Craft of Cointreau”

On Tuesday November 3rd, Cointreau (the original stylish French orange liqueur) and Pourhouse (the highly anticipated Gastown restaurant & bar) are launching “The Craft of Cointreau”. This event will feature 10 of Vancouver’s most talented and aspiring Bartenders, all of who have been hand-selected to compete for the Grand Prize, and the opportunity to be a Cointreau Brand Ambassador. This first-ever competition will offer bartenders the opportunity to showcase their creativity, technique and individual style using Cointreau as the focus of their cocktail design.
The competition will be hosted by internationally acclaimed Bartender and co-proprietor of Pourhouse, Jay Jones. Along with three experienced judges, Dan Volway, Remy Cointreau Brand Ambassador, Mark Brand, owner of Boneta and The Diamond and Shaun Layton Bar Manager at George Ultra Lounge, he will choose the winning cocktail. The Grand Prize winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to France where they will discover the history and passion that make Cointreau – the world’s most premium orange liqueur.
“We have selected the most talented, promising, and finest bartenders of this great culinary city, because Cointreau is all about quality; all contestants understand that and will commit to excellence and passion that match our brand”, says Dan Volway, Remy Cointreau Brand Ambassador.
“Vancouver is lucky to have so many ambitious and passionate Bartenders – I’m truly looking forward to a great event that showcases the talent within our local Bar community, and the quality and versatility of Cointreau in cocktails”, says Jay Jones.
About Pourhouse:
Headed by Jay Jones (Head Bartender & Proprietor) and Chris Irving (Executive Chef & Proprietor) Pourhouse is culmination of lifelong passion for sharing the simple indulgences of life with friends. Located in Downtown Vancouver’s historic Gastown, Pourhouse is a 110-seat room – featuring a 38-foot Bar, handmade from reclaimed Douglas Fir. A salute to its century-old foundations – Pourhouse opened its doors September 28th, 2009.
About Cointreau:
Cointreau was created 160 years ago and is recognized as the world’s most famous crystal-clear spirit. Cointreau is made from the distillation of sweet and bitter orange peels, blended with natural alcohol, sugar and water, all selected for their absolute purity and neutrality of taste. It has been enjoyed by millions of people worldwide for well over a century, and is firmly established as a stylish drink for different occasions.

About Select Wines:
Select Wines is the importer/agent of Cointreau and of Remy Martin premium spirits in Canada.  Created by Pierre L. Doise more than 25 years ago after he immigrated to Canada from France to service the then emerging wine  market of British Columbia, Select Wines stands as one of the

Conntestants
Trevor Kallies | Granville Room, 957 Granville Street 604.633.0056
Lauren Mote | The Refinery, 1115 Granville Street 604.687.8001
Geoff Robinson | The Diamond, 6 Powell Street 604.408.2891
Christina Kuypers | Voya, 1177 Melville Street 604.639.8692
Bobby Kay | Boneta, 1 West Cordova Street 604.684.1844
Danielle Tatarin | DB Bistro, 2551 West Broadway 604.739.7115
Justin Tisdale | Market | Shangri-La, 1128 Georgia Street 604.695.1115
Mike Parks | The Cascade Room, 2616 Main Street 604.709.8650
Giovanni Giardino | Campagnolo, 1020 Main Street 604.484.6018
Colin MacDougall | Blue Water Café & Raw Bar, 1095 Hamilton Street 604.688.8078
Head Judge
Jay Jones | Proprietor & Head Bartender Pourhouse, 162 Water Street 604.568.7022
Judges
Dan Volway | Remy Cointreau Brand Ambassador 647.988.8771
Mark Brand | Proprietor Boneta & The Diamond, 6 Powell Street 604.408.2891
Shaun Layton | Bar Manager George Ultra Lounge, 1137 Hamilton Street 604.628.5555