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Bittered Sling Announces Dine Out Vancouver 2017 Line-Up

Bittered Sling Announces Dine Out Vancouver 2017 Line-Up

BITTERED SLING’S LAUREN MOTE AND CHEF JONATHAN CHOVANCEK
TO CURATE ROBBIE BURNS WHISKEY DINNERS
AND SPIRITED MASTERCLASSES FOR DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL 2017

Seminars will range from Cognac and French Spirits, Scotch Whiskies,
Tequila, Mezcal and Bitters, while Robbie Burns includes guest bartender Charles Joly.

VANCOUVER, BC (Nov. 29, 2016) — The award-winning team behind Bittered Sling, bartender Lauren Mote and chef Jonathan Chovancek will work in tandem with the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and Yew Seafood + Bar to curate a schedule of exciting and inventive events for the 2017 edition of the annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival from January 20 to February 5, 2017.

As part of the festival’s 17-day celebration of all things food and drink, Mote will lead four interactive and educational masterclasses at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver where guests will enjoy inventive cocktails paired with small plates from Yew Seafood + Bar Executive Chef Weimar Gomez, in addition to straight spirit samples and education. Bittered Sling will also bring back their ever-popular Bittered Sling Bistro for two-days of Robbie Burns Pop-Up Dinners at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. The dinners will include the culinary collaboration of Executive Chef Weimar Gomez, Yew Seafood + Bar, and Jonathan Chovancek, Bittered Sling’s chef and co-founder. This year’s Robbie Burns Pop-Up Dinners will be hosted by Lauren Mote and World Class Global Champion and James Beard award-winner, bartender Charles Joly (Crafthouse Cocktails, Chicago).

The following are dates, details and ticket information for each event during the 2017 Dine Out Vancouver Festival:

Bittered Sling Bistro Presents: Robbie Burns Pop-Up Dinner & Single Malt Seminar (two seatings)

Tues., Jan. 24, 6:30p.m. – 9:30p.m. TICKETS
Wed., Jan. 25, 6:30p.m. – 9:30p.m. TICKETS
$135, price includes tax, gratuity and ticketing fees
Sponsored by Diageo Reserve Single Malts and Blended Whiskies, World Class Canada and Bittered Sling Bitters

The award-winning team behind Bittered Sling, bartender Lauren Mote and chef Jonathan Chovancek will bring back their ever-popular Bittered Sling Bistro for an exclusive, two-night-only Robbie Burns inspired Pop-up Dinner in celebration of Scotland’s favourite son. This event was awarded “Best Culinary Event” during the 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival. The 2017 edition is set to be even bigger and better as guests celebrate all things Scottish with a multi-course dinner prepared by Bittered Sling’s Chef Jonathan Chovancek and YEW seafood + bar Executive Chef Weimar Gomez. This year, Bittered Sling welcomes Charles Joly from Chicago. Joly, the World Class Global Champion (2014) and James Beard Award-Winner, is the founder of Crafthouse Cocktails in Chicago and will offer a very special complement to the evening. Bartenders’ Mote and Joly will face-off their cocktail pairings against Chefs’ Chovancek & Gomez’s dishes, for the ultimate Scottish celebration of spirits, cocktails and food. Guests will also enjoy a spirited masterclass of drams at the beginning of the evening, led by whisky experts, Mote and Joly.

Master Class #1: France & Cognac

Sat., Jan. 28, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. TICKETS
$97 price includes tax, gratuity and ticketing fees
Sponsored by Courvoisier Cognac, Beam Suntory and Bittered Sling Bitters

Join Lauren Mote, co-proprietor of Bittered Sling and Four Seasons Beverage Consultant, for a one-of-a-kind cocktail seminar sponsored by Courvoisier Cognac. All guests will enjoy a welcome cocktail followed by a full tasting and two additional cocktails as they take part in an interactive workshop on methods to craft inspired cognac cocktails that range from basic to advanced. Cocktails will be paired with small plates from Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver’s Executive Chef Weimar Gomez, and all guests will take home recipes and the newly released Bittered Sling Bitters gift pack 3.0 (valued at $50).

Master Class #2: Scotland & Whisky

Sun., Jan. 29, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. TICKETS
$97 price includes tax, gratuity and ticketing fees
Sponsored by Diageo Reserve Single Malts and Blended Whiskies, World Class Canada and Bittered Sling Bitters

Join Lauren Mote, co-proprietor of Bittered Sling, World Class Canada Bartender of the Year 2015 and Four Seasons Beverage Consultant, for an exciting look at the northerly tip of the Highlands, south to the Lowlands, east to the Speyside fields and west to the islands of Islay and Skye, along with Scotland’s traditional methods of distillation have endured for centuries, garnering them a seat among the best spirits in the world. Discover what makes Scotland’s whiskies so iconic in this exclusive master class that will delve into the history and evolution of both blended and single malt Scotch, and how it has helped inform the way the world drinks. Beyond theory, attendees will also learn about whiskies from each region, enjoy comparative cocktail tastings, and a discussion of what’s next for the industry. Cocktails will be paired with small plates from Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver’s Executive Chef Weimar Gomez, and all guests will take home recipes as well as the newly released Bittered Sling Bitters gift pack 3.0 (valued at $50).

Master Class #3: Tequila & Mexico

Sat., Feb. 04, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. TICKETS
$97 price includes tax, gratuity and ticketing fees
Sponsored by Diageo Reserve Brands, Don Julio Tequila, World Class Canada and Bittered Sling Bitters

Join Lauren Mote, co-proprietor of Bittered Sling, World Class Canada Bartender of the Year 2015 and Four Seasons Beverage Consultant,  as we delve into our long nurtured love affair with agave spirits, the complex methods used to produce them remain a combination of tradition, history and a true sense of terroir. Tequila production continues to fascinate and inspire bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts around the world. In this masterclass, attendees will learn about this iconic spirits category and discover the characteristics that make each expression so special, including three cocktails and a spirited flight. Sponsored by Don Julio Tequila and the World Class Canada program, guests will also sample cocktails paired with small plates from Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver’s Executive Chef Weimar Gomez, and all guests will take home cocktail recipes, as well as the newly released Bittered Sling Bitters gift pack 3.0 (valued at $50).

Master Class #4: Bitters 101 – The History and Modernization of our Favourite Modifier

Sun., Feb. 05, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. TICKETS
$97 price includes tax, gratuity and ticketing fees
Sponsored by Pernod-Ricard Brands and Bittered Sling Bitters

Join Lauren Mote, award-winning bartender, co-proprietor of Bittered Sling and Four Seasons Beverage Consultant, to learn about the sensory perception of ‘bitter’. This ubiquitous ingredient is highly regarded as one of the most important in a cocktail, as well as the ‘foil’ when used as an extract in baking and cooking. Bitters continue to fill the shelves of health food stores, grocery stores and pharmacies, attracting those interested in natural remedies and alternative medicine. Myriad spirits such as Chartreuse, Campari, Aperol, Fernet Branca, Amari, Suze and Ricard are amongst the spirits who have assimilated the intrinsic feel-good properties of bitters, offering the body a rapid way to absorb the nutrients found in them. This includes bitter barks like sarsaparilla, cinchona, dandelion and burdock; sweet roots like licorice and angelica; spices like cinnamon, black pepper and cardamom; fruits like cherries, plums, grapefruit and lemon; and fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary. Attendees of this master class will learn about the history and modernization of the bartender’s favourite modifier, enjoy comparative tastings and sample bitters-infused cocktails paired with small plates from Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver’s Executive Chef Weimer Gomez. All guests will take home recipes as well as the newly released Bittered Sling Bitters gift pack 3.0 (valued at $50).

For more information on any of the events, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.dineoutvancouver.com

 

About Bittered Sling Bitters:
Bittered Sling celebrates the collaboration of mixologist/sommelier Lauren Mote and chef Jonathan Chovancek, who together bring a combined 30 years of professional experience, knowledge and innovation to the Canadian food and beverage industry. Their line of award winning, high-quality, cocktail bitters and culinary extracts use exceptional ingredients to provide the palate, plate and potion with a powerful and exciting fusion of flavours — and has quickly built a reputation in the international cocktail and culinary community.


About Lauren Mote:
Mixologist. Sommelier. Architect of potions, tonics andVan elixirs. Accomplished emcee, writer and cocktail judge. International spirits diplomat. Award-winning bar personality Lauren Mote wears many hats, but she’s perhaps best known as the co-proprietor of Bittered Sling Bitters — a wildly successful portfolio of award-winning, internationally recognized food and beverage modifiers.    Named the 2015 ‘Bartender of the Year’ by both the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards and Diageo World Class Canada, Mote is a well-respected speaker, educator, mentor and industry advocate, whose reach extends well beyond the bar. She has served as an Associate Director for the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association, has been an event partner and keynote speaker with Tales of the Cocktail® since 2011, and in 2016 Mote was the first Canadian woman inducted into the “Dames Hall of Fame”, and nominated for “Best Bar Mentor” at the 10th annual Spirited Awards Ceremony. Mote is an in demand hospitality consultant and in the past 5 years has launched and redesigned bar programs across Canada, most notably collaborating as the Beverage Consultant for the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, specifically YEW seafood + bar. In addition, Mote also develops marketing, social media and PR strategies for spirits and hospitality brands under the “Bittered Sling” umbrella of companies.

About Jonathan Chovancek:
For more than 20 years, Chef Jonathan Chovancek’s abundant enthusiasm, inspired creativity and commitment to healthy eating has provided a winning recipe for some of British Columbia’s most celebrated restaurants. Chovancek has cooked developed culinary programming in China, Mexico, Italy, United States and Canada and consults on culinary programs, classes and menu development throughout North America. In addition to being an in-demand chef and keynote speaker, Jonathan is the co-founder of Canada’s Bittered Sling Bitters, a retail line of high-quality cocktail and culinary bitters. An in-demand and respected speaker and instructor, Chovancek was the Vice President of the Chef’s Table Society of British Columbia from 2013 – 2015, and the Chef Expert on CBC’s ground-breaking national television show, “Village on a Diet”. Over the past 5 years, Chovancek has served as a judge at high profile culinary and cocktail competitions, including the Vancouver International Wine Festival’s Vintner’s Brunch, Food Pro West’s Product of the Year Awards, and several regional cocktail competitions. Earlier this year, Chovancek partnered with Terroir Symposium (Toronto) as a keynote speaker and Grand Marnier (France) as a development partner for the “Le Grand Sling” program, benefiting Canadian bartenders. Chovancek’s current consulting projects include the role of Chef/Instructor for Cook Culture and Global Brand Ambassador for Bittered Sling Bitters.

About Charles Joly:
Charles Joly, a Chicago-native and lifelong food and beverage professional, is the founder of Crafthouse by Fortessa – a barware and glassware collection for bartenders – and the co-founder of Crafthouse Cocktails – a line of premium bottled cocktails. Formerly the Beverage Director at the award-winning Aviary in Chicago, Joly’s list of accomplishments and accolades from his tenure is vast, including prestigious awards from the James Beard Foundation’s and Tales of the Cocktail’s “Bartender of the Year”. In 2014, Joly was named Global Bartending Champion in Diageo’s World Class Competition. Joly has received much industry praise, being named one of Bon Appétit ‘s 10 Most Influential Bartenders and one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top Spirit and Wine Professionals and Crain’s 40 Under 40. He has also contributed his talents to a number of high-profile events including Oprah’s 25th Anniversary Party, the 2015 Grammy’s, the 2016 Academy Awards, celebrity weddings and The Kentucky Derby.

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