|Posted on October 13, 2021|
|Art of Mixology returns to Theater Square, live, October 16|
|By Sora O’Doherty|
|Portia Battistini of The Coop, who is attending this year, serves her winning cocktail at An Arts Affair in 2018. Photo Sora O’Doherty|
The main fundraiser for the Lamorinda Arts Council, The Art of Mixology will be live in Theater Square from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, with over 16 bartenders creating exclusive drinks and them. tasting the crowd of ticket holders. Five food sponsors, Batch and Brine, The 4th Bore, The Cooperage, Republic of Cake and Town Bakery will offer bites to accompany the sips.
Tickets cost $ 75 in advance or $ 85 at the door and include a tasting of craft cocktails, bites from five local restaurants, 17 tasting tickets, a shot glass, bracelet and program, music and some pleasure. Tickets will be available at one of the two event entrances, one near the fountain on Moraga Way and the other when you go up the garage stairs. In order to maintain security, a reduced number of tickets have been made available, designed to allow for a less crowded event. All COVID-19 precautions will be observed. The mask will be mandatory between sips and bites. Proof of vaccination is required to enter.
The competition takes place at two levels, professional bartenders and amateur mixologists. Professionals compete for the title of Mixologist of the Year, a $ 500 cash prize and a trophy. The title of Mixologist of the year is highly sought after by professionals in the region. A panel of judges will also select the second and third place winners, who will win certificates of $ 350 and $ 300 respectively.
There will also be a public vote for the favorite among amateurs and professionals.
The mixologist with the most votes from the audience will win the People’s Choice Award, with a trophy and $ 200, and the top amateur will win the Home Craft Cocktail Award, with a trophy and $ 100. In addition, there is an Art of Table Staging trophy.
Among the competitors are the bartenders at The 4th Bore in Orinda; Canyon Club, Moraga; Forge and salon in Oakland; Balarco, Tiki Tom, Ben Venuti and Bounty Hunter in Walnut Creek. Portia Battistini, The Cooperage, Lafayette, Mixologist of the Year 2016, will also be in competition.
This year’s contest is sponsored by Tahoe Blue Vodka, but contestants can use any alcohol they choose.
Last year’s competition was not in person, but via Zoom. The public could buy cocktail kits containing everything needed for each cocktail except alcohol. The kits, showcased by Saloonbox Curated Cocktails, turned out to be a huge hit, and some of those who purchased them questioned if the kits could be available later in the year as they would make great holiday gifts. In response, this year the cocktail kits will be available in November. Kits can be ordered at the event or online in October. Each kit can make up to six drinks and contains recipes and ingredients for two different cocktails. The kits do not contain alcohol. All alcohol must be purchased separately. There will be five kits. All five can be purchased for $ 200 or each kit for $ 50. Pre-ordered kits can be picked up on November 6, 13 or 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at Place du Théâtre. Paid delivery will be provided to the Lamorinda area, or kits can be shipped.
Denise Nomura and Stacy Giglio co-chaired the Art of Mixology committee
and everyone from the Lamorinda Arts Council helped. This major fundraiser for the year, helps support all of Lamorinda Arts Council’s programs, including Lamorinda Idol,
the high school visual arts competition, Art Embraces Words, the super-short film festival, Art in place, and the two art galleries organized by the Council, one at the Orinda library and the other in Wilder .
The Art of Mixology received support from Morrison Jewelers, Republic Services, Tahoe Blue Vodka, Saloonbox; and the Morgan Stanley Theater Square. In addition, three companies sponsored bartending tables for this eighth annual competition.
Following Art of Mixology, there will be a post-party at 4th Bore to benefit Notes 4 Hope, a breast cancer awareness and research fundraiser. A live band and a Canyon Club signature beer will be offered: the FU Cancer Brew. Part of the profits is donated to its research fund.