Mixing it up With the Best in Business

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    Grand Marnier and Navan Natural Vanilla Liqueur will be hosting the 3rd annual Mixology Summit in Vail, Colorado from Sunday, April 5-7, 2009. Akin to the Olympics of mixology, 100 professional mixologists from around the United States will be hired as consultants for the event and help develop cocktails for use in national marketing programs. During the three-day event, participants will also have an opportunity to learn about the latest techniques and beverage trends from the most celebrated practitioners in American mixology.

    If you have aspirations of breaking into the big leagues of mixology, this graduate-level program presents a singular opportunity to show what you've got. Applications are available at www.MixologySummit.com and being accepted through November 30, 2008. A panel of judges will evaluate applicants based on their industry experience, commitment to the profession and the quality of the recipes submitted.

    Serving as host of the prestigious event is Steve Olson, author, consultant, spirits and wine expert and founding partner of Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR). Joining Olson as co-hosts are a team of highly celebrated mixologists from around the country including Andy Seymour, Leo DeGroff, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Willy Shine, Aisha Sharpe and Jim Meehan.

    Participants will have an opportunity to demonstrate their talent and cocktail expertise behind a fully stocked bar, as well as attend a number of educational seminars in which the host mixology experts will talk about the advanced mixology techniques and latest beverage trends.

    The event will culminate with a gala dinner designed by Steve Olson as an educational journey of taste. The elegant four-course dinner will feature extraordinary Grand Marnier and Navan cocktail creations paired to perfection with the world-class cuisine.

    Individuals selected to participate in the event will be paid for their services at the Summit, but are responsible for airfare/transportation and lodging costs. Those mixologists/consultants who fit the bill will be notified in late December 2008.

    This high-profile event is tantamount to an open casting call and has launched a number of bartenders into national prominence. --RP

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