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A tale of touring cocktails

MICHAEL SCHRATTER
Hawksworth bar and lounge manager Brad Stanton (from left) fights over a prized bottle of bourbon with visiting Tales of the Cocktail ambassadors Don Lee and Mike Ryan at their Spirited Dinner.

Hawksworth bar and lounge manager Brad Stanton (from left) fights over a prized bottle of bourbon with visiting Tales of the Cocktail ambassadors Don Lee and Mike Ryan at their Spirited Dinner.

Now in its 10th year, Tales of the Cocktail is New Orleans' premier cocktail festival. Branching out last year out to another hip urban centre, the festival chose Vancouver as its home away from home.

Last week, Tales of the Cocktail on Tour Vancouver was all about southern belles and good bourbon at Hawksworth Restaurant as some of our city's most-respected mixologists and chefs paired up cuisine and mixed bevies for four days of spirited culture.

Celebrated Chef David Hawksworth combined his award-winning cuisine with Sazerac bourbons Monday night for a southern-themed dinner that included blackened catfish and 48hr cola, and bourbon-braised shortribs with grits. One of eight held around the city, the bourbon-themed Spirited Dinner lived up to its name, with guests laughing rambunctiously under the original hand-painted gold leaf trimmed ceiling in the beautifully restored York Room in Hotel Georgia.

Tasting Plates

Running simultaneously to Tales of the Cocktail, food blogger wunderkind Richard Wolak held his first Tasting Plates Vancouver on Wednesday evening. The event had hungry participants wandering the downtown core as they noshed in restaurants, cafes and food trucks in 11 different locations. Not a bad deal considering you had three hours to get around and sample your $30 ticket price's worth of food and drink.

Wolak's Vancouver Foodster blog and website is part of a new wave of publicity using social media to re-shuffle the PR industry. No longer just about longstanding connections and traditional forms of media, today the keen can tweet, blog and update ferociously to get noticed, and in the two and half years on the scene, Wolak has proven himself to be a master at this new game.

Contest

In the photogallery on our Vancouver.24hrs.ca website, there are three pictures that hint at three hip locations in the city. Be the first On the Town reader to contact at me at michael.schratter@sunmedia.ca with the correct location identities and win two tickets to Saturday night's FMA Events and Masik Studio's "The Factory Girls" Soiree.