As the curtains close on our inaugural Chilled 100 ELEVATE event, we’d like to thank all our sponsoring spirits and products, industry influencers, local bar and restaurant owners and, of course, our wonderfully spirited group of Chilled 100 Bartenders for joining us on this incredibly successful and ELEVATED industry experience.
Chilled 100 ELEVATE in Louisville, Kentucky brought close to 100 local and national bartenders together for a 4-Day Event – complete with exclusive VIP invite only dinners to the city’s top restaurants and bars, which were sponsored by Glenfiddich at the Liquor Lab, Ron Colon at La Bodequita de Mima, 375 Park Avenue Spirits at 8Up and North of Bourbon, Broken Shed Vodka at Willshire on Market, Grey Goose at Varanese, Dewar’s at Swizzle.
Thank you to E11EVEN Vodka and Josue Gonzalez for hosting the Local Louisville Luncheon at The Louisville Thoroughbred Society. Along with the Welcome Reception hosted by Casa Del Sol, presented by Mariana Padella. Thanks to The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley and Michele Lex for sponsoring our bartender breakfast every morning with refreshing smoothies. Van Gogh Vodka Double Espresso Martinis made by 375 Park Avenue Spirits Portfolio Ambassador Koray Ozdemir, for our midday Happy Hour was a well-timed Pick Me-Up!
Thank you to the local distilleries for welcoming the Chilled 100 Bartenders and educating each on your incredible history and heritage. The tours included Four Roses Distillery, the Brown Forman Cooperage tour, Old Forester, and Angel’s Envy Distillery tours, with an exclusive tour of the new Heaven’s Door facility, with a pop-up tour of its soon to be tasting room set in a historical Chapel on Hancock Street. So cool!
Our ELEVATED seminars brought together some of the industry’s most influential and interesting educators including Rachel and Kyle Ford, Ford Media Lab, Natalie and James for Beautiful Booze, George Manska for The NEAT Glass Sensory Seminar, World of Flavor with Real Infused Exotics, Blending Seminars with Keeper’s Heart, Sustainability with Chinola, and Sensory Seminar with Grey Goose Vodka. Thank you to all our Chilled 100 Bartender panelists who led well-informed discussions on important industry topics.
Finally, a thank you to Komos Tequila for our ELEVATED farewell lunch and thank you to Real Infused Exotics and Dough Ball Whiskey for our final goodbye Happy Hour cocktails at Meta.
ELEVATE was a major success satisfying our goal of leveling up today’s industry events that are made available to bartenders. We couldn’t be prouder of our Chilled 100 Bartenders, their consistent professionalism and passion for the business of crafting cocktails drive us to provide more ELEVATED opportunities. We can’t wait until our next ELEVATE event and look forward to seeing all of you at our next Chilled 100 ELEAVTE.