20 Nov Lauren Mote to Be Inducted into the Dame Hall of Fame
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BITTERED SLING’S LAUREN MOTE NAMED AS FIRST CANADIAN WOMAN
TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE DAME HALL OF FAME
Bartender, Sommelier and International Spirits Diplomat
Becomes First Canadian Woman To Claim Prestigious Commendation
VANCOUVER, BC (June 23, 2016) — Bittered Sling Bitters co-proprietor Lauren Mote will receive top honors at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail® festival in New Orleans, LA as the first Canadian Woman inducted into the prestigious Dame Hall of Fame in front of her international industry peers. With only five inductions this year, including industry leaders Audrey Saunders (Pegu Club, NY), Laura Cullen (Pacific Wines and Spirits, CA), Cris Delhavi (M Restaurant and Bar, OH), and Angie Salame (Drink Company, DC), Mote joins an exhibition of only 25 women since the program’s inception in 2012.
Mote becomes one of very few international inductees, following William Grants & Sons’ Portfolio Ambassador Charlotte Voisey in 2012 and Moët Hennessy’s Belvedere Vodka Head of Spirit Creation Claire Smith Warner in 2015. It’s not the first time that Mote’s name has been called for a prestigious award celebrating her work and career in the industry — in 2015 she was named Bartender of the Year at the 26th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, and shortly after named Canadian Bartender of the Year by Diageo World Class.
“The Dame Hall of Fame celebrates the fortitude and groundbreaking achievements by women in our global hospitality industry, striving to knock down walls and create strength in our community,” said Ann Tuennerman, founder of Tales of the Cocktail, “we are honored to include Lauren amongst the select group of this year’s inductees”.
A well-respected speaker, educator, mentor and industry advocate, Mote’s reach extends well beyond the bar. She currently serves as the Canadian Ambassador for Speed Rack, has been an event partner, keynote speaker with Tales of the Cocktail® since 2011, and is the Chief Judge for the Vancouver International Spirits Competition. Mote is also a passionate philanthropist, donating her time and expertise to Ronald McDonald House, Dr. Peter Aids Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the British Columbia (BC) Hospitality Foundation.
In addition to her role as Director of Operations at Bittered Sling, she is an in-demand hospitality consultant and in the past two years has helped revamp and redesign bar programs at The Nash Restaurant & Off Cut Bar in Calgary as well as at Vancouver’s Café Medina, Savoury Chef Foods and Burdock & Co., most recently collaborating with YEW seafood + bar in the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver to launch the Oceans Program — an innovative cocktail menu that draws inspiration from the world’s oceans and dovetails with the restaurant’s celebrated focus on seafood sustainability.
“I am absolutely moved by this award,” said Mote. “To join such an incredible group of inspirational women recognized for their work, mentorship and strength in our global community is validation that all the work that I’ve done for our industry, both at home and abroad, is paying off. I’m extremely humbled and grateful to have been singled out for such an honour.”
Born and bred in Toronto, Mote began her career behind the bar at Club Monaco Patio and Café in Yorkville at the age of 18 before moving on to earn her stripes as a sommelier and assistant bar manager at Toronto institution Le Sélect Bistro. In 2007 she packed up and headed west, landing the role of bar manager at Lumière before moving on to work in managerial roles at Goldfish Pacific Kitchen, Chow Restaurant, Hawksworth Catering and The Refinery. In 2012, Mote realized a dream of combining the cocktail and culinary worlds when she established Bittered Sling Bitters alongside celebrated chef Jonathan Chovancek, whom Mote credits as her greatest inspiration in both life and business.
“Jonathan has been a massive influence on me and has always encouraged me,” she said. “He’s probably been the most important force in my life both personally and professionally and has helped me to achieve every goal imaginable. Without him, none of this would have been possible.”
For more information about the 2016 Dame Hall of Fame Induction, please visit https://goo.gl/TkODAT
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. Produced exclusively in British Columbia, Canada, their line of high-quality, small-batch cocktail bitters and culinary extracts incorporate homegrown fruit from the Okanagan Valley, complimented with Fair-Trade, high quality botanicals and spices from all over the world. Originally marketed as a medicinal tonic, bitters are a concentration of select natural herbs, fruits and spices and are an indispensable tool of any bartender as well as a flavouring agent for cocktail and culinary creations both savoury and sweet. Bittered Sling is a registered trademark of Kale & Nori Culinary Arts Inc.
For more information about Bittered Sling and where you can find them in a growing number of restaurants and bars and retail locations across North America, visit bitteredsling.com, ‘like’ /BitteredSling on Facebook and follow @Bittered_Sling on Twitter and Instagram.
About Tales of the Cocktail®
Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail® has grown from a small gathering of cocktail lovers into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. With 200+ annual events developed specifically for bartenders, distillers and other spirits professionals, Tales of the Cocktail® is the industry’s annual meeting place for the exchange of new ideas, products and techniques.
Tales of the Cocktail® also produces a number of other events and programs such as Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour, Tales 365®, Tales of the Toddy® and New Orleans Daiquiri Month, all to further the mission of supporting and growing the international cocktail community.
About the New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society
Tales of the Cocktail® is produced by the New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS), a non-profit organization committed to supporting, promoting and growing the cocktail industry in New Orleans and around the world. In addition to offering opportunities to learn and acquire new skills through Tales of the Cocktail® events and Tales 365®, the NOCCPS invests the proceeds back into the spirits industry. Since 2008, the NOCCPS has invested more than $600,000 into programs like the Cocktail Apprentice Program, a tuition reimbursement program, the Apprentice medical aid fund, educational scholarships and a new health and wellness program for members of the hospitality industry.
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Interviews with Lauren Mote may be arranged upon request.
A selection of high-resolution images of Lauren Mote and Bittered Sling Bitters may be downloaded via Dropbox: https://goo.gl/3C4N26
Lauren Mote | 604 809 9479 | Mote@BitteredSling.com
Tales of the Cocktail®
Ann Tuennerman | (504) 948-0511 | Ann@TalesoftheCocktail.com