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Cocktail Contest Draws a Thirsty Crowd

South Lake Tahoe, CA – Last night, September 24, was a festive and lively evening at the 5th annual Barton Foundation Signature Cocktail Contest. More than 200 people came down to Riva Grill to sample unique Tahoe Blue Vodka cocktails made by local bartenders. Contestants included Stephen Camp (Heavenly), Gary Gramprie (LewMarNel’s), Ian Sievwright (MacDuff’s ), Alice Schmalenberger (Mc P’s Pub ), Ken Newbold (MontBleu), Josh Thompson (Nepheles ), Erick Martinez (Riva Grill), Mara Milich (Sonney’s BBQ ), and Rob Morse (The Boathouse).

MontBleu’s bartender Ken Newbold won the People’s Choice award for his Holidaze concoction – made of smoked Tahoe Blue Vodka, infused hops, and homemade cranberry juice. Holidaze will be the featured cocktail at the Gala (www.festivaloftreeslaketahoe.org) in December. Erick Martinez from Riva Grill received the most tips and was named Most Congenial Bartender.

Riva Grill hosted the event and Jesse Kalin provided the music. All funds raised support Barton Hospice’s programs and services.