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National Rum Day at the Refinery

Calling all Vancouver rum lovers…August 16th is National Rum Day!
Did you know that more rum is sold in Vancouver during these warm summer months than any other time of year? And did you also know that rum was originally called the Kill Devil and used to clean hair and keep it healthy in the 1800s? Well, it’s true.

One of Vancouver’s top mixologists, Lauren Mote and the bartending team from The Refinery is bringing sexy back – Flor de Cana Rum has chosen us to host rum-party on August 16 to celebrate National Rum Day. Simultaneously, rum lovers from across North America will toast their refreshing libations amongst friends. What better place to mingle with friends than the Refinery!

Drinking: $5 Flor de Cana rum cocktails – this includes a new list of cocktails, using homemade orgeat, gingerbeer and bitters. Have you tried the gorgeous Rum Old Fashioned yet? You will.

Eating: The Refinery’s Ben de Champlain will conquer the ultimate Rum inspired menu for rum lovers with their cocktails! Help yourselves by donation!

Cost: Admission is free!

Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Lauren will also show Kid Carson Show listeners how to create some classic rum cocktails and new cocktails for their own National Rum Day celebrations – this happens at 8:20 am sharp Monday August 16! She will even give away a National Rum Day prize pack that contains all the essentials for a great celebration including VIP swag, and GCs to the Refinery on National Rum Day!

Entertainment: This is easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy – DJ ERIC CARVER will ease you into the Island mood with funky-jazzy-disco beats…. he’s a hit every Friday and Saturday, so we’re bringing him back!

Recipes:
Rum Old Fashioned
1.50 oz Flor de Cana Rum
0.25 oz House Bitters
0.25 oz Chocolate Vermouth
1 dash Angostura BItters
1 bar spoon raw sugar
Stir all ingredients together to dissolve the sugar – one dissolved, add ice, and stir for 30-45 seconds. Pour over ice in a single old fashioned glass, garnish with burnt orange peel.

Punch-Buggy
1.50 oz Flor de Cana Rum
0.50 oz Dehli Bitters
0.75 oz Lime Juice
1.00 oz Pu-erh Tea Syrup
2.00 oz Homemade Gingerbeer
Build all ingredients in a collins glass over ice. Stir, and top with freshly grated nutmeg.

Nuevo Macuá
1.50 oz Flor de Cana Rum
0.50 oz Tamarind & Pomegranate Bitters
0.75 oz Orange Juice
0.75 oz Lime Juice
0.75 oz Macademia Syrup
Vigorously shake all ingredients together, pour over fresh ice in collins glass.

Amargo
1 egg white
1 Tbsp Coconut Cream
1.50 oz Flor de Cana Rum
0.50 oz Black Cherry & Noyaux Bitters
0.75 oz Lemon Juice
1.00 oz Orgeat
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Dry shake ingredients for 10 seconds, add ice, shake vigorously. Double strain into an old fashioned glass. No garnish.

For more information, visit the Refinery website under “News” http://www.therefineryvancouver.com/restaurant/blog/
For more information on Flor de Cana Rum, please visit their website http://www.flordecana.com/

National Rum Day at The Refinery

August 16 · 5:00pm – 10:00pm

The Refinery, 1115 Granville St, Vancouver, BC

Calling all Vancouver rum lovers…August 16th is National Rum Day!
Did you know that more rum is sold in Vancouver during these warm summer months than any other time of year? And did you also know that rum was originally called the Kill Devil and used to clean hair and keep it healthy in the 1800s!

One of Vancouver’s top mixologists, Lauren Mote and the bartender team from The Refinery is bringing sexy back – Flor de Cana …Rum has chosen us to host a huge event for them on August 16 to celebrate National Rum Day. Simultaneously, rum lovers from across North America will toast their refreshing libations amongst friends. What better place to mingle with friends than the Refinery!

What’s drinking: $5 rum cocktails – this includes a new list of cocktails, using homemade falernum, orgeat, gingerbeer and bitters. Have you tried our gorgeous Rum Old Fashioned yet? You will.

What’s eating: Guest Chef Jonathan Chovancek from Culinary Capers Catering will be lending a hand and roasting style to Refinery’s Ben de Champlain as they conquer the ultimate Rum inspired menu for rum lovers with their cocktails!

What’s the cost: Admission is free!

Lauren will also show Kid Carson Show listeners how to create
some classic rum cocktails and new cocktails for their own National
Rum Day celebrations – this happens at 8:20 am sharp Monday August 16! She will even give away a National Rum Day
prize pack that contains all the essentials for a great celebration
including VIP swag, and GCs to the Refinery on National Rum Day!

What’s playing: This is easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy – DJ ERIC CARVER will ease you into the Island mood with funky-jazzy-disco beats…. he’s a hit every Friday and Saturday, so we’re bringing him back!

– The Refined Ones

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Refinery Cocktail Kitchen Series Part 2

As one one of the most innovative cocktail programs in Canada, The Refinery is proud to start the second segment of a six month interactive and educational competition called “The Cocktail Kitchen Series”. Launched on July 8th 2010, “The Cocktail Kitchen Series” aims to promote niche craft cocktail development, through the expertise of Vancouver’s best veteran and up and coming bartenders who have demonstrated creativity and leadership in their cocktail craft.

Here is the premise of the program:

Each month, a bartender is paired with a different spirit, and a different country – this will be repeated 4 times a month with a different bartender each Thursday. Guests are invited to come down and experience the interactive teachings of the featured bartender, who will attempt to effectively pair the featured country’s menu, with a set of three cocktail using the base spirit. Plus, there’s another spin: the bartenders will shop at The Refinery – it is mandatory that each cocktail include a Refinery house bitters. One week prior their Cocktail Kitchen, the bartender will be able to score 1 oz x 3 types of bitters/vermouths available at the Refinery for cocktail testing. The Refinery’s Bitters Program inventory sits at 19 types as of today.

Concept & Rules:

– 3 cocktails, submitted at least 48 hours in advance – including methods, names, recipes

– The cocktails will be paired to the featured 3 course tapas-style dinner, the menu of which bartenders will know about 1 week earlier

– Each cocktail must include a Refinery bitters/vermouth/tincture

– Each Thursday, guests will be given a score card, rating the bartender in the following criteria:  

            * Presentation

            * Taste    

            * Originality

            * Delivery:  Knowledge, Speed, Presence, Showmanship, Inspiration,                    Passion 

            * Grand Prize each month

– Bartenders will change monthly, giving most an opportunity to participate in the program

– Bartenders will be given a bar tab just for participating, and gift from the monthly liquor sponsor

– The winning bartender will be invited back to participate the following month during week 4

– The end of the sixth month, and seemingly covering 6 different regions/countries and spirits, the bartender with the most wins will receive a grand prize trip to Napa Valley, provided by the owners Ray, Peter and Ryan of the Refinery and SIP Resto Lounge Granville Street.

– This is a 6 month long promotion and contest – BUT we do not take time off – we keep going every 6 months

Cost:

$30 per guest (Includes tax and gratuity)

40 seats available each week. Tickets are available through the Refinery by calling 604-687-8001

SCHEDULE:

* July 2010 – Region: CENTRAL AMERICA

* August 2010 – FRANCE

* September 2010 – Region: SOUTH EAST ASIA

* October 2010 – ITALY

* November 2010 – THE WEST INDIES

* December 2010 – INDIA

* January 2011 – Region: EASTERN EUROPE – Bartender Showdown

* January – June 2011 – Countries and Spirits to be determined

AUGUST BARTENDERS:

August 05, Week 1: TREVOR KALLIES (Granville Room)

August 12, Week 2: JAY JONES (Barjonesing Consulting)

August 19, Week 3: BEN DE CHAMPLAIN (The Refinery)

August 26, Week 4: JUSTIN TISDALL (Market at the Shangrai-La)       

In the last year, we have had over 40 articles written about us and our specialties, above and beyond business listings. We urge you to check out website under “Press” to see for yourself how representing your bar/restaurant with the Cocktail Kitchen Series at The Refinery is best for business. Each week we will have 2 different media personalities in attendance, as well as a film crew and photographer. The press releases we write are reaching more than just Scout Magazine and Urban Diner for local restaurant industry news. We also do radio segments, TV spots, and reach a broad range of national and international publications, not to mention the persuasive and domineering food and beverage blog industry here and across the globe. As a bartender, this is an excellent avenue to raise your profile in the municipal and national community.

Additionally, if you are a bartender reading this, and wondering how you can get involved, please email Lauren Mote at mote@therefineryvancouver.com. Subject should read: “Cocktail Kitchen Series Bartender” – copy and paste the following into the body of the message, and fill out the questionnaire – we are booking in advance up until January 2011.

Full Name:

Which Bar(s)/Restaurant(s) are you representing?

How long have you been in the Industry?

Please include a short 250-400 word bio about yourself:

What’s your bartending style?

Do you have a preference of which country and spirit you’d like to be paired up with in a perfect world?

Please include a pic of yourself!

The Cocktail Kitchen Series

As one of the most innovative cocktail programs in Canada, The Refinery is proud to launch a six month interactive and educational competition called “The Cocktail Kitchen Series”. Due to launch on July 8th 2010, “The Cocktail Kitchen Series” aims to promote niche craft cocktail development, through the expertise of Vancouver’s best veteran and up and coming bartenders who have demonstrated creativity and leadership in their cocktail craft.

Here is the premise of the program:

Each month, a bartender is paired with a different spirit, and a different country – this will be repeated 4 times a month with a different bartender each Thursday. Guests are invited to come down and experience the interactive teachings of the featured bartender, who will attempt to effectively pair the featured country’s menu, with a set of three cocktail using the base spirit. Plus, there’s another spin: the bartenders will shop at The Refinery – it is mandatory that each cocktail include a Refinery house bitters. One week prior their Cocktail Kitchen, the bartender will be able to score 1 oz x 3 types of bitters/vermouths available at the Refinery for cocktail testing. The Refinery’s Bitters Program inventory sits at 19 types as of today.

Concept & Rules:

3 cocktails, submitted at least 48 hours in advance – including methods, names, recipes

the cocktails will be paired to the featured 3 course tapas-style dinner, the menu of which bartenders will know about 1 week earlier

each cocktail must include a Refinery bitters/vermouth/tincture

each Thursday, guests will be given a score card, rating the bartender in the following criteria:

* Presentation

* Taste

* Originality

* Delivery:  Knowledge, Speed, Presence, Showmanship, Inspiration, Passion

* Grand Prize each month

bartenders will change monthly, giving most an opportunity to participate in the program

bartenders will be given a bar tab just for participating, and gift from the monthly liquor sponsor

the winning bartender will be invited back to participate the following month during week 4

the end of the sixth month, and seemingly covering 6 different regions/countries and spirits, the bartender with the most wins will receive a grand prize trip, location and premise still to be determined by owners RAY, PETER and RYAN of The Refinery)

this is a 6 month long promotion and contest – BUT we do not take time off – we keep going every 6 months

Cost:

$30 per guest (Includes tax and gratuity)

28 seats available each week. Tickets are available through the Refinery by calling 604-687-8001

The intention is to sell out every week, and judging that 85% of our liquor sales are craft cocktails!

SCHEDULE:

* July 2010 – Region: CENTRAL AMERICA

* August 2010 – FRANCE

* September 2010 – Region: SOUTH EAST ASIA

October 2010 – ITALY

November 2010 – THE WEST INDIES

December 2010 – INDIA

January 2011 – Region: EASTERN EUROPE

January – June 2011 – Countries and Spirits to be determined

JULY BARTENDERS:

July 8, Week 1: LAUREN MOTE (The Refinery)

July 15, Week 2: COLIN MACDOUGALL (Blue Water Cafe, The Pourhouse)

July 22, Week 3: DAVID BAIN (West Restaurant)

July 29, Week 4: BEN DE CHAMPLAIN (The Refinery, West Restaurant)

In the last year, we have had over 40 articles written about us and our specialties, above and beyond business listings. We urge you to check out website under “Press” to see for yourself how representing your bar/restaurant with the Cocktail Kitchen Series at The Refinery is best for business. Each week we will have 2 different media personalities in attendance, as well as a film crew and photographer. The press releases we write are reaching more than just Scout Magazine and Urban Diner for local restaurant industry news. We also do radio segments, TV spots, and reach a broad range of national and international publications, not to mention the persuasive and domineering food and beverage blog industry here and across the globe. As a bartender, this is an excellent avenue to raise your profile in the municipal and national community.

Additionally, if you are a bartender reading this, and wondering how you can get involved, please email Lauren Mote at  HYPERLINK “mailto:mote@therefineryvancouver.com” mote@therefineryvancouver.com. Subject should read: “Cocktail Kitchen Series Bartender” – copy and paste the following into the body of the message, and fill out the questionnaire – we are booking in advance up until January 2011.

Full Name:

Which Bar(s)/Restaurant(s) are you representing?

How long have you been in the Industry?

Please include a short 250-400 word bio about yourself:

What’s your bartending style?

Do you have a preference of which country and spirit you’d like to be paired up with in a perfect world?

Please include a pic of yourself!

Bourbon Whiskey Dinner

The second installment in the Refinery’s whiskey seminar series is a definitive look at Bourbon Whiskey. As it has claimed many people’s hearts in the past, let us indulge your palates on Tuesday February 2, 2010. What better host than one of Vancouver’s most respected “bourbon” personalities, Maker’s Mark Brand Ambassador, Mr. Ron Oliver. Along with the obvious inclusion of Maker’s Mark, Mr. Oliver will be guiding guests through three other expressions in the Maker’s Mark portfolio, including “1 Day Old” through to “Over Mature” – this will effectively showcase the evolution of Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey. Additionally, Mr. Oliver will guide guests through two other American whiskey styles. As informative as it is delicious, the whiskey seminar will be accompanied by some fantastic cheese, charcuterie, and other goodies The Refinery is well known for. Oh, and let’s go completely overboard and start everyone with a cocktail.
Cost: $45 (+ tax and gratuity) includes 6 whiskies, handouts and food.
Date: Groundhog Day, Tuesday Febraury 02, 2010.
Where: The Refinery, 1115 Granville St (above SIP)
Time: We will begin promptly at 8:00pm, please be on time.
Space is limited to 25 people. To reserve, please send an email to rsvp@therefineryvancouver.com (quoting BOURBON WHISKEY SEMINAR in the subject line). All rsvp’s will be confirmed by email. Please include first and last name, number of guests and phone number to secure your spot(s).

For additional information, please contact Lauren Mote at (604)687-8001.

The Refinery Grand Opening

Tuesday July 21….Granville Street Refined

With construction on the Granville Strip coming to an end, The REFINERY Market.Style.Eatery is celebrating its Grand Opening on Tuesday, July 21. The event will treat guests to a live charcuterie station featuring freshly sliced local meats and artisan cheeses, kitchen specialties from Chef Michael Carter, and a sampling of bar master and General Manager Lauren Mote’s award-winning cocktails and house-made bitters.  Get on the list to get in – rsvp@therefineryvancouver.com

Vancouver’s Top DJs – Jesse James + friends
Complimentary Cocktails and Wine
Selection of House Specialties from the kitchen
Live charcuterie station with market fresh, local meats & cheeses
Molecular Mixology Exhibition by Lauren Mote
WHAT: The Refinery Grand Opening
WHO:    Owners Peter Raptis, Ray Staniscia, Ryan Newman, and GM Lauren Mote
WHEN:  Tuesday, July 21, 6:30 PM- 12:30 AM
WHERE: The REFINERY – 1115 Granville Street, Granville St. at Helmcken Map
(Above SIP Resto Lounge)

RSVP:    rsvp@theREFINERYvancouver.com

Info:      www.theREFINERYvancouver.com

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Lauren Mote new GM at The Refinery

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Peter Raptis, Managing Partner THE REFINERY and SIP resto-lounge, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lauren Mote to the position of General Manager, The Refinery.

A certified sommelier and beverage consultant; award-winning mixologist; chef, writer and service industry pro, Lauren brings her knowledge of all things edible from the kitchen, bar and dining room to the front lines of The Refinery.

Lauren began her career in Toronto where her roles included General Manager of a café, Bar Manager of one of the cities busiest sports bars and chef owner of her own catering business. Her final role in the Big Smoke was as Bar Manager at Le Sélect Bistro. Here in Vancouver Lauren was Bar Manager of Lumière, Goldfish and most recently Chow and is continues to write as a contributing writer and on her own site, poivre media co.

Says owner Peter Raptis, “Lauren brings a level of energy and new passion that pairs perfectly with the Refinery concept. On behalf of my business partners Ryan Newman and Raymond Staniscia as well as Executive Chef Michael Carter, we are delighted to be working with her.”

As General Manager Lauren will oversee all front of house operations including the wine and cocktail program. Currently in Toronto, Lauren Mote (Moat) can be contacted next week at gm@therefineryvancouver.com

About The Refinery

The Refinery, opened in December 2008 by Ryan Newman, Raymond Staniscia and Peter Raptis with Chef Michael Carter, is a Chaucuterie based, market fresh style eatery and wine bar above SIP Resto Lounge on downtown Granville Street.

Concentrating on artisan cured meats, pates, terrines, cheeses, seafood dishes and sharing platters, Chef Michael Carter also bows to business partners Ray and Peter’s European backgrounds with antipasto and tapas plates. A revolving selection of warm items are seasonal and market driven.

The interior of The Refinery, designed by Marilou Rudakewich and May Cheng of the award winning M Studio, is environmentally current, built with some of the highest green standards available from reclaimed wood to energy efficient lighting. The room is environmentally low impact with high impact design.

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Contact: Peter Raptis

Managing Partner

The REFINERY

1115 Granville Street

Above SIP resto-lounge

Vancouver, BC V6Z 1M1

604-687-8001

Open Tuesday – Saturday 5 pm – 12 midnight

peter@therefineryvancouver.com

www.therefineryvancouver.com

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