HE MADE WITH LOVE MIXOLOGIST COMPETITION ROLLS INTO TORONTO IN MARCH
Organizers of the popular Made With Love™ Canadawide Mixologist Competition are planning to make a big splash in Toronto next month.
On March 26, the Fermenting Cellar venue in the city’s historical Distillery District will be the stage of a head-to-head competition where guests will taste and judge a line-up of original cocktails designed by 13 talented Toronto mixologists:
Following the outcome of the Market Race Challenge that took place in January, the finalists competing in the March event are:
Megan Jones – County General
Joshua Oliver Prout – Boehmer
Scott McMaster – Spin
Simon Hooper – Brassaii
Kathleen Shattock – The Fox/Miller Tavern
Jeremy Janes – The Red Martini
Darryl McDonald – Raising the Bar
Jordan Stacey – Brassaii
Andre Atchison – E11even
Robin Wynne – Fynns Temple Bar
Japhet Bower – Nocturne
Kristoffer Sanspeur – Marché
Michelle Tham – Independent
Special showcases in the March event are:
MWL HALIFAX 2011 WINNERS
Jeff Van Horne – Bicycle Thief
Jenner Cormier – Middle Spoon
MWL MONTREAL 2011 WINNERS
Lawrence Picard – Nectar Bar Design & Mixologie
Dan Lima – M : BRG
Jonathan Homier – Kronik Bar-Service
LIQUID NITROGENE ROCKET BY:
Brynley Leach – Bremner Montreal
Nishan Nepulongoda – Blowfish Toronto
A winner will be chosen in each of the two following categories:
Ticketholders will take part in ten exclusive tastings and be entitled to vote for their favourite cocktail. The winning mixologist will be awarded an all-expense-paid three-day trip to Vancouver in order to present a new cocktail creation at the Made With Love Vancouver edition that will be held in August.
The Judges Panel, which is composed of four people, will attribute a score to each cocktail based on the following criteria: originality, presentation and taste. The winner will be awarded an all-expense-paid three-day trip to Vancouver in order to present a new cocktail creation at the Made With Love Vancouver edition in August.
Made With Love is proud to work with the following exclusive sponsors:
Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum
Canadian Club Whisky
Grant’s Blended Scotch Whisky
Maker’s Mark Bourbon
Sailor Jerry Rum
Early birds: $40
Tickets can be purchased online at www.enjoymadewithlove.com.
Date: March 26, 2012 starting at 6 p.m.
Location: Fermenting Cellar , Distillery District
Market Race Qualifier-Toronto 2012:
Montreal MadeWithLove-December 2011:
Vancouver MadeWithLove-August 2011:
Quebec City MadeWithLove-May 2011:
Toronto MadeWithLove-March 2011:
About Made With Love:
We believe that watching an artist forge and consummate the object of his or her imagination can be as beautiful and moving as the piece itself. So, in June 2009, we organized what would be the first in a series of unique events in which artists were featured together with their chosen art form during the actual process of creation. We have continued exploring this concept with various forms of artistic expression, including painting, sculpture, juggling, fire-breathing and fashion design, to name just a few. The different artists that we showcase are at the peak of their craft; they exhibit passion, pursue excellence, crave extravagance, and thrive on community. They live only to express and share both their art and themselves with others.
Passion, excellence, extravagance, community. This is what Made With Love is all about.
We presented our first cocktail creation and mixology event in Montreal in December 2009, and have since organized a total of 11 events in this and other major Canadian cities, including Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Quebec City.
Where did the idea for Made With Love come from?
There are countless stirring moments and objects that are experienced only by a select group of people; mixology and cocktail culture is one of them. The mission of Made With Love is to democratize this culture across Canada and introduce it to as many people as possible. We enjoy working with people who are passionate about what they do, and we find it highly rewarding to spotlight the talents of mixologists, who are also artists, in front of an attentive audience.
When did you begin organizing mixology competitions?
We hosted our first event in December 2009 at the St. Paul Hotel in Montreal. We’ve since organized ten more in five other Canadian cities, attracting over 3,000 people. More than 100 original cocktails have been presented at these events by 75 mixologists from across Canada.
What does the future hold for Made With Love?
Our goal is to continue promoting creative mixology to as many audiences as possible. In 2012-2013, we are booked to tour the country and hold competitions in six major cities: Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, Calgary, Vancouver and Halifax. At the moment, we are working on the Canadawide finale featuring the winners of previous competitions. We also intend to grow our website by adding webinars that will fuel the interests of foodies and cocktail lovers alike. In the long term, we plan to add food creation competitions to our events and begin organizing competitions abroad.