I just bought my ticket to this event and you should too, only $20 if you purchase your tickets in advance. The money goes to support the HALO foundation.
This event is really the only one of it's kind in Kansas City, besides with free food and entertainment it is definitely worth the price of admission to see our local talent throw down.
Looking at this list there are a lot of heavy hitters in Kansas City, coming out to rep their crew.
Some of these talented bartenders I know, I have drank their stuff and I can attest that they know their craft and are very personable too. Shout out to: Victor from Potpie and my good friend Arturo Vera-Felicie from Blanc.
Some of the drinks I have had and loved, but I never met the bartender that created them, such as the Silver Elder Fizz from Justus Drugstore, hands down, my favorite cocktail of the summer!
Some of the names I recognize from last year's competition, such as the winner of the 2007 competition Dave Smuckler from Morton's.
Some I DO NOT recognize from last year's competition but are P.O.I.'s (people of interest) whom I am curious to see what they bring to the table, such as Chris from the newly relaunched Delaware Cafe with Chef Joe West of Bluestem fame at the helm of the kitchen.
Some of these cocktails make me want to go now to these restaurants and try them just to say I did: The Devious Emu (something I have always suspected, by the way!) and The Original Axis of Evil, because I want to know the origin from where all evil flows.
Finally, some of these places are places I can't wait to drink at such as Manifesto.
If you are looking for me, I'm at the bar with 'em. Enjoy!
UPDATE: I am pleased to announce the winner of this year's contest and the person who walked away with $1,000 check and their recipe in Cheers Magazine is Christopher Conaster, representing Delaware Cafe with his cocktail called the "Go Figure cocktail."
Honestly, it was a tie between Christopher and the darling Jen Nye Johnson from Pierpont's with her cocktail called The Velvet Rope. In an interesting twist they had a run-off, where each were quizzed on different cocktails in front of the live audience. Christopher's answers were more right than Jen's and he gleefully took the crown.
The rumor I heard later was that Christopher is actually working out at Justus Drugstore now, and since the charming bartender from there, Jay Beavers, was already competing in the contest, Chris needed to find another restaurant to sponsor him (Delaware Cafe). Chris, I also heard, is a botanist or someone that has an interest in scientific study of plants, and brings his own flowers and herbs to Jonathan's place to see if he can use any of them for his dishes and or in his cocktails. I can see why those two would get along, can't you?
I knew Chris looked familiar to me, and that's when I realized, about a month ago I was meeting a friend for coffee at JP's Wine Bar and Chris was my barista, then that same night I had reservations at Jonathan's place and Chris was behind the bar that night as well.
Our man, Chris, is a man about town. Now I suspect, he will be a man in demand.