Category Archives: reviews

The “un-edited” version: Toronto & BarChef

One of the coolest experiences in a bartender’s career is the ability to reach beyond the bar. You may be lightning fast with your head down during a Friday night well service, or you might be the best at pumping … Continue reading

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Nolet Pratt – Competition Cocktail

Although the posting to reflect on the entire experience of the competition itself, here is the recipe for my cocktail, the Nolet Pratt, which won second place on Tuesday night in the National Barchef Competition. The Nolet Pratt cocktail was … Continue reading

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The Cocktail Kitchen Series

The Refinery, known for having one of the most innovative cocktail programs in Canada, is now proud to launch a six month interactive and educational competition called “The Cocktail Kitchen Series”. Due to launch on July 8th 2010, “The Cocktail … Continue reading

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

by Lauren Mote (all photos by the gifted Melissa Gidney of Melissa Gidney Photography) Although completely inspired by Lewis Carrol’s book, the adventures shared on June 06 were hardly of a predictable fashion. In fact, take the concept of Alice … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day + Whiskey = Love.

The second installment in the Refinery’s whiskey seminar series is a definitive look at Bourbon Whiskey. As it has claimed many people’s hearts in the past, let us indulge your palates on Tuesday February 2, 2010. What better host than … Continue reading

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Cornucopia: Reflections of a Seasoned Alcoholist

by Lauren Mote (original story can be seen at We ended one festival to start another. After Victoria’s Art of the Cocktail was successfully put to bed the previous weekend in Victoria, Cornucopia, Whistler’s celebration of wine and food, … Continue reading

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Women of the Sortilège Cup

Original story can be found at: December 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm · Similar Stories in Cocktail Culture, Competitions, Danielle Rabkin, Events by Danielle Rabkin, Urban Diner An unlikely venue for a cocktail competition, the Hospitality Expo at the … Continue reading

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Important Holiday Events

by Lauren Mote I have two projects I’d like to share with you, in hopes that some of you would like to be involved. 1) Holiday Blood Donation via Canadian Blood Services “BOUDIN NOIR” The Restaurant Industry Gives Back. As … Continue reading

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Immaculate Conception: A Whiskey Dinner

’tis the season to drink a lot of whiskey… GOOD whiskey. December 8th 2009 marks a very special evening. The Refinery and Cask Strength present “Immaculate Conception” an evening dedicated to joys of whiskey and food. Similar to the Whiskey … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Breakfast Experiment.

By Jessica Grajczyk The premise: 1. Breakfast is my favourite meal. 2.  Nuba is my favourite restaurant in Vancouver.  I’m sure everyone is sick of my Nuba leg humping. 3.  I haven’t eaten eggs in over a month due to … Continue reading

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