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Bartender: Jonathan Smolensky

Jonathan Smolensky is the Bartender at Brix Restaurant in Yaletown. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “Après Flip”. Ingredients: 4 oz Whistler Weissbier secret brew 3…

Bartender: Kyle Lane

Kyle Lane is the Bartender at Regional Tasting Lounge (RTL) in downtown Vancouver. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “Bubble Beer”. Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz tanqueray…

Interview with Shaun Layton

George Ultra Lounge | Vancouver I understand you won Canada’s first ever Beer Mixology Competition held at The Refinery on August 17, 2009. Would you consider yourself a Bartender or a Mixologist or both? And why? Definitely a Bartender!!  I’m…

Bartender: Trevor Kallies

Trevor Kallies is the bartender at the Granville Room on Granville in downtown Vancouver. On August 17th he competed in the Whistler Brewing Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. His featured drink was called “Citrusly Speaking”. Ingredients: 2 thick slice…

Bartender: Cassidy Crowe

Cassidy Crowe of SIP Resto Lounge on Granville in the heart of downtown Vancouver. On August 17th she competed in the Mixologist Competition held upstairs from Sip at The Refinery. Here featured drink was called “The Geisha” Ingredients: 1 oz…

Bartender: Josh Pape

Josh Pape is one of the Bartenders and Co-Owners of The Diamond in Gastown. On August 17th he competed in the Mixologist Competition held at The Refinery. He created his featured drink in advance but named it impromptu in front…

Bartender: Solomon Seigel

Solomon Seigel is the Bartender at his own place called Solomon’s in Victoria. On August 17th, he was the only participant from Victoria to compete in the Mixologist Competition. His featured drink was called the “Lavender Haze” Ingredients: 1 part…

The Bartenders

Features the top bartenders who have competed in championships locally or nationally or has created a buzz around Vancouver.

Farmers Markets around Greater Vancouver

Shopping for fresh, local vegetables and fruits at the Farmers markets has always been the best way to support your community. Vancouver is blessed to have a great organization called eatlocal.org that is the umbrella organization for Vancouver Farmers Markets….

Snacking on Chocolate

There is always time for chocolate and at XOXOLAT at 2391 Burrard Street in Vancouver you will find a wide selection of imported chocolate bars, this shop has brought international chocolate culture to Vancouver. If you are looking for an…

Interview with Wendy Boys

Lumiere Restaurant | Vancouver Wendy has spent the past 10 years working with chocolate. She started her company (Desire Chocolates) while in school in Calgary to basically fund going to culinary school, (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology). She then went…

Interview with Christa-Lee McWatters Bond

Sumac Ridge Winery | Summerland I understand Sumac Ridge is launching a new wine called Tribute, can you tell us how this new wine was named? Tribute was created to honour world-class athletic performance as it takes centre stage at…

Interview with Mixologist Lauren Mote

The Refinery | Vancouver What have you been working on lately? Recently, I have been trying to perfect classic cocktail making techniques with my staff. The most important thing to me is being able to translate quality as well as…

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