Martini Challenge 2022 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Martini Challenge was a success featuring unique martini creations at restaurants around greater Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from April 7 – May 1, 2022 and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place: {108 points}

Food by Fanta

Botanical Garden Martini

Price: $16

Created by: Parinya Loptson

Description: Inspired flavours from Asia; Lemongrass & Ginger hand crafted gin fuses with Our Canadian Arctic botanical gin. The crisp flavour of freshly squeezed pomegranate. The alpine herbs and a nose of vanilla from Bianco Vermouth. Balancing all flavours with orange bitter and a touch of homemade lemongrass/ Kaffir lime spritz. Garnished with Caperberry and ginger candy; served in stemless martini glass on Arctic ice glass cube with flowers and leaves.

Ingredients: Whitley Neill Premium Gin (Lemongrass & Ginger), Ungava Canadian premium Gin, Martini Bianco Vermouth

Food by Fanta

20542 Fraser Hwy, Langley

Tel; (604) 530-6803

Web: https://foodbyfanta.com/

Instagram @foodbyfanta

2nd Place: {105 points}

1927 Lobby Lounge

Hotel Georgia Laventini

Price: $20

Created by: Dawn Campbell

Description: Rosewood Hotel Georgia believes in the importance of rest, sleep and wellness.  To coincide with our Alchemy of Sleep philosophy, Lavender is the perfect ingredient for our Hotel Georgia Laventini

Ingredients: Empress Gin, Lavender bitters, Lavender syrup, Lemon juice, Lemon twist.

1927 Lobby Lounge (inside the Rosewood Hotel Georgia)

801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 682-5566

Web:https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotel-georgia-vancouver/dining/1927-lobby-lounge

Instagram @rosewoodhotelgeorgia

3rd Place: {89 points}

Robba da Matti

Nutella Martini

Price Created by: the team: $12

Description: Nutella, Vodka, Bailey’s in a secret recipe.

Robba Da Matti

112 Powell Street

Web: http://www.robbadamatti.com/

Twitter: @Robba_daMatti

Instagram: @robba_damatti

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Curry creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Food by Fanta

Botanical Garden Martini

Price: $16

Created by: Parinya Loptson

Description: Inspired flavours from Asia; Lemongrass & Ginger hand crafted gin fuses with Our Canadian Arctic botanical gin. The crisp flavour of freshly squeezed pomegranate. The alpine herbs and a nose of vanilla from Bianco Vermouth. Balancing all flavours with orange bitter and a touch of homemade lemongrass/ Kaffir lime spritz. Garnished with Caperberry and ginger candy; served in stemless martini glass on Arctic ice glass cube with flowers and leaves.

Ingredients: Whitley Neill Premium Gin (Lemongrass & Ginger), Ungava Canadian premium Gin, Martini Bianco Vermouth

Food by Fanta

20542 Fraser Hwy, Langley

Tel; (604) 530-6803

Web: https://foodbyfanta.com/

Instagram @foodbyfanta

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Robba da Matti

Espresso Martini

Price: $11

Created by: the team

Description: Espresso kahlua vodka

Robba Da Matti

1127 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Phone:(604) 558-1174

Web: http://www.robbadamatti.com/

Twitter: @Robba_daMatti

Instagram: @robba_damatti

3rd Place People’s Choice (tie):

1927 Lobby Lounge

Hotel Georgia Laventini

Price: $20

Created by: Dawn Campbell

Description: Rosewood Hotel Georgia believes in the importance of rest, sleep and wellness.  To coincide with our Alchemy of Sleep philosophy, Lavender is the perfect ingredient for our Hotel Georgia Laventini

Ingredients: Empress Gin, Lavender bitters, Lavender syrup, Lemon juice, Lemon twist.

1927 Lobby Lounge (inside the Rosewood Hotel Georgia)

801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 682-5566

Web:https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotel-georgia-vancouver/dining/1927-lobby-lounge

Instagram @rosewoodhotelgeorgia

3rd Place People’s Choice (tie):

Robba da Matti

Nutella Martini

Price Created by: the team: $12

Description: Nutella, Vodka, Bailey’s in a secret recipe.

Robba Da Matti

112 Powell Street

Web: http://www.robbadamatti.com/

Twitter: @Robba_daMatti

Instagram: @robba_damatti

Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Each media judge scored each creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points. The highest number of points a challenge creation could have been awarded is 120 points.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Emma Clark, Rebecca Coleman and Rose Lin

Thank you to the bartenders and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their martini creations on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their martini creations! See all the Challenge entries here.

By: Richard Wolak

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