Thursday, March 3, 2011

Cocktail wars in the South End

On Wednesday, March 2nd, the Boston Center for the Arts held its second annual Movers and Shakers event.  It was a fabulous evening of inspired cocktails and tasty hors d'oeuvres from prominent restaurants in the Boston area.
I was very excited to attend this event as I have always heard such rave reviews...I mean how could you not? It's a great idea and with a ticket price of 25 dollars, it's not a burden on the wallet.  I was very impressed with the way they organised the cyclorama - it was a simple circuit with each bartender set up behind their respective stall, shaking away whislt their accompanying chef tossed and chopped alongside them. Hung high at the back of the room was a large projection showing the line of participants and their percentage of the crowd votes.

Below we have Chef Gordon Hamersley's guessed it Hamersley's bistro.  They served some delicious duck atop sautéed vegetables. 

In fact, overall, I believe I was most impressed with Hamersley's performance.  They had great food, a funky set up (yes that is a huge cube of ice they served their cocktail shots from) and they actually had my vote for the most artful and delicious cocktail.

Theirs was named the 'Irish Honey', created by Mark Osgood.  A mix of Micheal Collins Irish Whiskey, Barenjager Honey Liqueur (the next St. Germain perhaps?), fresh lemon juice, Orange bitters and ginger beer.  Now I know this sounds like quite a mouthful, but the genius behind this drink, as my fellow compratriot pointed out, was that it was incredibly well balanced.  As you drank this cocktail you experienced each different flavor level by level.  Neither was lost or over powering.  This drink is a sensation! (And to think it was Whiskey based!)
Unfortunately, the judges didn't agree so much and they named Nicole Lebedevitch from Eastern Standard the winner of this year's Movers and Shakers. 
Here's to hoping many more such events will spring up as winter fades away!
For a complete list of the participants and more information on events held at the BCA, visit:

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