The GOODS from Bittered Sling
Vancouver, BC | Each year, costumed dancers and exuberant entertainers line the streets of New Orleans, LA and Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago to celebrate “Mardi Gras” and “Carnival”. Traditionally held in the days leading up to Lent, these celebrations are inspired by centuries-old masquerade parties and attract millions of curious partygoers both in these regions and around the world, including Toronto’s summer “Caribana” Festival. As contemporary cocktail culture continues to charge full-steam ahead, August’s Bittered Sling Bistro captures the heart and soul of these festivals, and honours their important contributions to the modern cocktail scene. Join us draped in festive beads and face paint, while we rejoice in music and merriment during two dinners sponsored by Campari America, Wild Turkey Bourbon, Bittered Sling and the Canadian Professional Bartender’s Association. Details and menu after the jump…
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 7:00pm | Legacy Liquor Store 1633 Manitoba St.
Grant Sceney, Bar Manager at The Fairmont Paci?c Rim Hotel
(Winner of Absolut Elyx Competition, 2013; Diageo World-Class Canadian Finalist 2013; Tales of the Cocktail New Orleans attendee, 2012-2013)
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 7:00pm | Legacy Liquor Store 1633 Manitoba St.
Robyn Gray, Bar Manager at PiDGiN Restaurant
(Winner of Grey Goose Pourmasters, 2013; Bombay Sapphire Vancouver Finalist, 2012; Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans attendee, 2009-2013)
Hors d’oeuvres: (cocktail paired by Lauren Mote)
Sweet potato stuffed eggs with cured salmon roe and aromatic bitters
Duck liver parfait, corn crostini, fruit pickles
Plated Dinner: (feature bartender cocktail pairings & scorecards)
Pepper Pot salad, Gulf Island shell?sh Escovitch, Cajun chicken nuggets, Vancouver Farmer’s Market greens & vegetables
Caribbean sofrito stuffed pork, Chilliwack grits, collards and chard, Creole Sun Gold tomato sauce
Bittered Sling Clingstone Peach curd cake, Okanagan Summer Fruit Flambé, coconut & raw honey gastrique
The People Who Make It Happen
Co-proprietor, Sommelier/Mixologist: Lauren Mote
Co-proprietor, Chef: Jonathan Chovancek
About Bittered Sling
Bittered Sling celebrates the collaboration of chef Jonathan Chovancek and mixologist and sommelier Lauren Mote, who have contributed a combined 30 years of professional experience, knowledge and innovation to the Canadian food and beverage industry.
In 2010, Mote and Chovancek launched Vancouver-based boutique catering and events company Kale & Nori Culinary Arts — the predecessor to Bittered Sling — and quickly carved out a niche both locally and internationally for their unique products, dynamic and diverse cuisine and specialty cocktail creations. In 2013, Kale & Nori was singled out as Producer/Supplier of the Year at the 24th Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards for its brand of Bittered Sling Extracts.
Bittered Sling Extracts is a retail line of high-quality, small-batch bitters and extracts that provides palate, plate and potion with a subtle-yet-exciting fusion of homegrown ingredients and flavours. With aromatic labels such as Orange and Juniper, Plum and Rootbeer and Clingstone Peach, Bittered Sling underscores a singular and delicious irony that while all of their bitters are extracts, not all of their extracts are bitter. By the dash or the drop, each creation offers an intricate range of complex flavours that perfectly accentuates food, spirits and even sparkling water.
Twice a month over a six-month span, Mote and Chovancek host their popular and perennially sold-out Bittered Sling Bistro events at the Legacy Liquor Store in Olympic Village. A friendly competition between some of the region’s best bartenders now heading into its fourth season, each edition of the Bistro offers guests a feature spirit tasting accented by Bittered Sling Extracts and an indulgent three-course menu inspired by each particular spirit’s wide range of notes and character.