GOODS: Kale & Nori Launching “Bittered Sling Bistro” Cocktail Competition Series

October 26, 2011 

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The GOODS from Kale & Nori

Vancouver, BC | November 8th, 2011 marks the launch of a new cocktail competition and dining experience from Kale & Nori Culinary Arts. The concept of cocktail and food pairings has become extremely popular, and since 2010, Lauren Mote’s original “Cocktail Kitchen” competition at The Refinery produced energetic statistics: 168 original cocktails produced, 56 bartenders invited, 224 bottles of spirits poured, 14 different sponsors. This city’s brightest bartenders – a collaboration of seasoned veterans and young apprentices – took their place behind the wood and produced magic for 1680 total guests in 14 months. We are proud to introduce you to “Bittered Sling Bistro” – a bi-monthly food and cocktail pairing competition dedicated to pushing the boundaries of cocktail craft presented at the beautiful Legacy Liquor Store in Olympic Village, Vancouver. Details after the jump…

“Cock tail, then is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters it is vulgarly called a bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.” – May 13, 1806, “The Balance and Columbian Repository”

The evening starts with a cocktail reception accompanied by paired hors d’oeuvres, in the gorgeous foyer of Legacy Liquor Store. The vaulted ceilings, spirit displays and living wall create a dynamic setting for this delicious affair. Guests are guided though an interactive tasting, led by the guest bartender, right at the harvest table. The rest of the evening is rather indulgent; Kale & Nori’s Chef Jonathan Chovancek creates a seasonal three course menu, inspired by the feature spirit’s wide range of notes and character.

Each course is accompanied by a expertly paired cocktail by the guest bartender. Following the dinner, our guests will be invited to rate the bartender’s presentation and pairing skills. The two top scoring bartenders at the end of the program will compete for a grand prize.This six month program offers 6 veteran and 6 apprentice bartenders their chance to promote their style and character in an superbly interactive way.

This is all about spirit – in both the bartender and the bottle.

November 2011 – Maker’s Mark Bourbon

November’s Competitors:
November 8 – Jay Jones, Market by Jean-Georges @barjonesing
November 22 – Arthur Wynne, The Cascade Room @arthurwynne

Location – Legacy Liquor Store
Time – 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Date – Tuesdays, bi-monthly
Tickets – available online through Legacy Liquor Store for $60/person (this includes HST and Gratuity); 36 tickets available.
Menu – Hors d’oeuvres, appetizer, principal, dessert, 4 cocktails + seminar tasting (vegan option available for guests with dietary restrictions; no other modifications will be permitted).

Hors d’Oeuvres*

Oyama Schinkenspeck wrapped Farmhouse brie cheese with celeriac purée and tarragon

Crispy macaroni and aged cheddar cheese balls with smokey tomato dip


Sablefish boudin, quince mostarda, smoked pepper duck yolk, sea lettuce – sesame crisp

Makers BBQ pork shoulder, Farmhouse cheddar spoonbread, apple, fennel and pumpkin seed slaw, wild mushroom jus

Raw coca and coconut chocolate terrine, caramelized pineapple mousse, salted caramel crunch

*Vegan option available

Schedule – Spirit and host bartender schedule will be online through Kale & Nori and the Legacy Liquor Store events page. Tickets will be available one month in advance. This program runs from November – April 2012 twice monthly on Tuesdays.

Prizes – each host bartender receives a prize to participate; each host bartender is eligible to win one of two spots in the finals (one night), May 2012. Grand prize for winning host bartender will be announced in early 2012.


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The People Who Make It Happen

Owners: Chef Jonathan Chovancek & Lauren Mote

About Kale & Nori

Founded in 2011, Kale & Nori Culinary Arts is a boutique, restaurant-style caterer specializing in healthy, ethical and seasonal cuisine paired with avant-guarde mixology.

Kale & Nori Culinary Arts celebrates the collaboration of highly decorated industry professionals, Chef Jonathan Chovancek and Mixologist/Sommelier Lauren Mote. Our Vancouver based company is dedicated to producing elegant, fun and delicious events, while implementing positive social change through healthy and ethically sourced food and beverage ingredients.

Kale & Nori Culinary Arts creates menus focused on seasonal vegetables and ethical seafoods sourced from Canadian artisans, fishermen and farms with bold global flavours. From glamourous cocktail parties, beautiful wedding receptions and multi-course plated dinners, to interactive client “hands-on” classes and events, each menu and event with Kale & Nori is completely custom. We exist to fulfill the wants needs and of the client to provide the best possible guest experience.