GOODS: City Bartenders Set To Compete At Kale & Nori’s Tasty “Bittered Sling Bistro”

November 30, 2011 

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The GOODS from Kale & Nori

Vancouver, BC | 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. Lauren and Chef Jonathan Chovancek’s new company, Kale & Nori, is proud to introduce you to Bittered Sling Bistro. The bi-monthly food and cocktail pairing competition is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of the craft. The next in the series – December 6, featuring Colin McDougall of Blue Water Cafe - 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; Chef Jonathan will serve a seasonal, three course menu, inspired by the featured spirit’s wide range of notes and character. Each course is expertly paired with 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.

Location – Legacy Liquor Store
Time – 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Date – Tuesdays, bi-monthly
Next Competitor – Marlo Panucci (apprentice), Market by Jean-Georges

Tickets – available online through Legacy Liquor Store for $60/person at (listed under “Bittered Sling Bistro”). Ticket price includes HST and gratuity, 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

Supplì al telefono with caramelized proscuitto salsa

Aperol cured arctic char with elderberry capers and fennel


Organic Oceans’ albacore tuna, charred sweet onion sauce, preserved citrus, red laver-black
lentil, black garlic vinaigrette

Braised Chilliwack lamb with last of the season sweet peppers, black garlic creamy polenta,
rosemary and fresh horseradish

Wild cranberry and Campari curd, dark chocolate, caramel and Bittered Sling grapefruit bitters

*Vegan option available, but must be booked at the time of ticket purchase

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.