APRIL 20, 2007
beyond Shakes Up France
Vancouver, BC . . .
beyond restaurant + lounge’s Bar Manager, Chris Brown, packs up his shakers to go abroad. May 14th, Brown is set to compete in the Giffard International Cocktail Challenge in Angers, France at the Hotel des Penitentes. As part of an elite group of professional barmen from Belgium, Germany, England, Czech Republic and France; Brown fills one of two international seats for Canada. For the competition the candidates will need to improvise a short cocktail with a mystery Giffard Liqueur. Once the Giffard Liqueur is revealed the competitors will have one hour to submit their recipes to the judges, then seven minutes to mix away. For a sneak peak of a possible cocktail contender, pop into beyond’s lounge to enjoy one of ten Giffard inspired cocktail creations Brown has up for offer on the cocktail and bar menu. Giffard is a family owned business which has been producing high end premium liqueurs and eau de vies since 1885. For more information, visit www.giffard.com. beyond restaurant + lounge is located in the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa at 1015 Burrard Street. For information call (604) 684-3474 or visit www.beyondrestaurant.com.
This fantastic opportunity comes just weeks after beyond’s wine list garnered the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival’s ‘Best First Time Entry’. When Brown steps out from behind beyond’s deep chocolate American walnut bar, restaurant center stage, he’ll bring not only his shaker to the competition he’ll also bring his sense of regionally paired ingredients. As the rules state, the cocktail creation must not contain more than 5 liquid ingredients (syrups, fruit juices, dairy products…) and not more than 5 supplementary ingredients (like egg, condiments, spices, plants, crushed fruits, sugar...). Just one basic alcohol drink per cocktail is allowed, and hot mixtures are not permitted. Cocktails will be allotted marks according to presentation, dexterity and efficiently. Rounding out the scoring will be the tasting portion where marks are awarded according to a scale that takes into account the three elements of a cocktail: look, flavour and taste. Go Brown Go!
The Century Plaza Hotel & Spa sure has shaped itself into an all-round destination whether it’s for the food and wine enthusiast, the social urbanite or a local Canucker. With their five-star spa, contemporary hotel, comedy club and their newest enterprise, beyond restaurant & lounge; an astonishingly atmospheric concept that mixes the grand elegance and extravagance of top drawer Las Vegas with the sleek, urban panache of LA or New York. The restaurant’s lounge features several pristine plasma TV’s and a state-of-the-art sound system that’ll add pop to any game night. beyond restaurant + lounge is located in the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa at 1015 Burrard Street. Reservations are always recommended, please call 604-684-3474 or visit the website at www.beyondrestaurant.com.