GOODS: City Bartenders Return To Compete At Kale & Nori’s Tasty Bittered Sling Bistro
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. We are proud to re-introduce you to “Bittered Sling Bistro” – a bi-monthly food and cocktail pairing ompetition using a special featured spirit(s) that is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of cocktail craft presented at the beautiful Legacy Liquor Store in Olympic Village. Details after the jump…
The evening starts in the gorgeous foyer of Legacy Liquor Store with a cocktail and paired hors d’oeuvres reception hosted by Kale & Nori’s Lauren Mote and Chef Jonathan Chovancek. 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. Chovancek plates a seasonal three course menu that has been inspired by the feature spirit’s wide range of notes and character. Each course is accompanied by an expertly paired cocktail by the guest bartender. Following the dinner, 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.
January 10 – Graham Racich (apprentice), The Refinery
January 24 – Danielle Tatarin, The Keefer Bar
About Bittered Sling Bistro
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); tickets available here listed under “Bittered Sling Bistro”
Hors d’oeuvres, appetizer, principal, dessert, 4 cocktails + seminar tasting (vegan option available for guests with dietary restrictions; no other modifications will be permitted).
“Jerked” Polderside chicken with lemon bitters, pistachio and mint sauce
Hard spice chickpea fritter stuffed with dates and Meyer lemon & 12 year old Flor de Cana Rum
Spot prawn tamale, smoky yam and pomegranate salad, Salt Spring Island mussel vinaigrette,
lime leaf-tamarind cream
Pemberton Meadows beef oxtail curry, scotch bonnet pepper-eggplant relish, blue potatoes and
mint, root pickles, spiced taro crisps
Flor de Cana Rum caramel rice pudding, goats milk horchata, salted persimmon salsa
*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.
About Kale & Nori
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.