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Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, spirits, mixology, bartender

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation 13th Annual Most Imaginative Bartender Semifinalists Presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin

Top 36 Bartenders Stir Creativity Vie for $25,000 Creative Grant and Mentorship by Creative Visionary 

Hamilton, Bermuda (September 3, 2019) – Tales of the Cocktail Foundation announces today the semifinalists of the 13th Annual Most Imaginative Bartender Competition (MIB Competition) presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin. The esteemed cocktail MIB Competition, which seeks out mixologists at the forefront of the industry and provides them with a platform to let their imagination and creativity shine, will kick off the regional stage this September through three (3) competitions held in Nashville (Central), Philadelphia (East), and Portland (West). The 36 semifinalists from across North America will vie for a spot in the top 12 and advance to the finals in February 2020.  The MIB Competition will be held in Chicago, the hometown of the 2018 Most Imaginative Bartender, Carley Gaskin. Driven by the belief that everyone is born creative, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is introducing the Canvas Challenge to this year’s program. The new challenge will task the top 12 finalists to discover their artistic potential and showcase their creativity for a chance to win a $25,000 grant prize and a mentorship by a creative visionary.

According to BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin Brand Director Tom Spaven, the new challenge is a way to encourage bartenders to take their creativity to the next level as he notes: “Each year, the Most Imaginative Bartender competition brings together a group of boundary-pushing bartenders who use BOMBAY SAPPHIRE as the ultimate tool to stir creativity in a glass. Through the incredible work of past participants, we realize the program is not just a competition, but a forum for expression across many different creative mediums. I’m excited to see how this year’s semifinalists will bring the industry to new heights and explore their passions outside of mixology”.

Throughout September, the semifinalists will participate in an invigorating two-day program, aimed to encourage bartenders to stir creativity outside of the traditional lines of the industry. On the first day, all semifinalists will present their masterpiece in a glass to a panel of judges. Following the MIB Competition portion, the program is introducing a new aspect in an effort to encourage self-expression, in which the semifinalists will participate in an educational activity geared towards exploring new creative mediums. Upon completion, the regional winners will head to England in October for an immersive gin discovery tour at the home of the brand’s BREEAM award-winning distillery, Laverstoke Mill. During the week-long tour all finalists will participate in educational programming that will help prepare them for the finale in February 2020.  In addition to the prizes awarded to the final winner, all 12 finalists will collaborate with PUNCH Media for a special cocktail book to debut in 2020.

The 2018 champion Carley Gaskin shared a few words of inspiration for the semifinalists, stating: “The Most Imaginative Bartender Competition encouraged me to explore new forms of self-expression through mixology, while introducing me to a wealth of invaluable resources within the industry. I couldn’t be more excited for this year’s semifinalists to embark on this incredible journey and wish them the best of luck”. 

For more information please visit www.mostimaginativebartender.com. 

Top 36  Semi-Finalists:


EAST

Edward Hansel – New York

Mark Tubridy – New York

Arianna Shaljian – New York

Solomon Thomas – Philadelphia

Valentino Longo – Miami

Derek Stilmann – Miami

Peter Hannah – Orlando

Cody Henson – Savannah

Niall McCourt – St. Pete

Keyatta Mincey-Parker – Atlanta

Sam Treadway – Massachusetts

Michael Rizk – Quebec 


CENTRAL

Maggie Morgan – New Orleans

Terance Robson – Austin 

Nikolas Zoylinos – Austin

Alexis Mijares – Austin

Christa Havican – Houston

Marlowe Johnson – Michigan

Tripper Duval – Wisconsin

David Yee – Columbus

Marta Ess – Ontario

Holly Caverly – Ontario

Jayare Wuo – Chicago


WEST

Cameron Holck – Portland

Estanislado Orona – Portland

Lydia McLuen – Portland

Jamie Socci – Portland

Emilio Salehi – San Francisco

Christian Suzuki – San Francisco

Derrick Li – San Francisco

Shaun Dunn – Los Angeles

Alex Jump – Denver

TJ Vong – Denver

Andrew Woodley – Hawaii

Danielle Pingert – Saskatchewen


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Taste of the Nation Music Lineup

No Kid Hungry and Core Partner Citi® are proud to announce the 2018 musical lineup for the annual Taste of the Nation series in five cities, which brings together acclaimed chefs, sommeliers and mixologists to support No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

“Taste of the Nation events provide a unique opportunity for attendees to enjoy the best your city has to offer in food and drink. Thanks to our partnership with Citi, we look forward to bringing together culinary and musical artists for a can’t-miss event experience to benefit No Kid Hungry,” says Jill Davis, Share Our Strength’s Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Taste of the Nation.

Artists, including the chart-topping rock group X Ambassadors; breakout singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith (who has also composed songs for Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Meghan Trainor); empowering pop songstress Betty Who; and R&B-soaked pop band, The Shadowboxers (currently on tour with Justin Timberlake), will headline the celebrated events, providing a live soundtrack to evenings of unforgettable gastronomic creations. The full list of performances at Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry events are below:

Washington, D.C. April 9 at the National Building Museum: Caitlyn Smith
New York City April 18 at Brooklyn Expo Center: X Ambassadors
Miami April 27 at Ice Palace Films Studios: Betty Who
Los Angeles June 3 at Media Park: X Ambassadors
Chicago August 29 at Revel Fulton Market: The Shadowboxers

“We are excited to once again offer performances from a number of amazing artists as part of the Taste of the Nation series to support No Kid Hungry’s fight against childhood hunger,” says Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, Citi.

Citi has been a Core Partner for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign since 2014 and is a Co-Presenting Sponsor of Taste of the Nation. Citi cardmembers can support the fight against childhood hunger by attending the Taste of the Nation events and can also enjoy special benefits, such as early purchase of tickets, VIP entry lines and special access to lounges in select cities.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit Events.NoKidHungry.org