The panel of judges included Hadley Tomicki, Editor at Urban Daddy; Lanee Lee, contributor to Voyage Vixens and FoodableTV; Elana Lepkowski of Stir and Strain;12 Bottle Bar‘s David Solmonson; and Beth Fisher of Busy Beth’s Blog.
While competitors mixed it up, party guests watched the bartenders in action while enjoying other party refreshments including assorted hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by Chef Marius Blin of Sofitel Los Angeles, Diabolo sparkling French soda, internationally-inspired wine blends from Four Brix Winery, handcrafted Italian liqueurs from Ventura Limoncello Company, and lemon-centric libations from Greenbar Craft Distillery.Guests also had the opportunity to sample the competing cocktails that were created that evening.
Other contest participants included Vincent Anter of FIG Santa Monica, Christopher Hewes of Argyle Hollywood, Michael Nemcik of Red Clay, Melodie Murphy of James Republic, Nic Hirsch of Montage Laguna Beach, Brian Leon of Nobu and Ferrari Watts of Riviera 31.
Upcoming contests following the Los Angeles kick-off will be held in other major U.S. and international cities including Chicago, New York, Lima and Hong Kong. Reynolds will eventually compete with other top mixologists from around the globe in a final round for a chance to win a grand prize.
Limoneira’s Los Angeles mixology contest took place on Tuesday, November 18 at the Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.
About Patrick Reynolds
Patrick Reynolds’ career as an award winning bartender started the day his professional cooking career ended. Exhausted and at risk of burning out in the kitchen, he considered throwing in the towel on his culinary career. Rather than lose one of his rising stars, Chef Ron True, owner of Epiphany (now Arlington Tavern), made the life changing suggestion of transferring Reynolds from the line to the bar. There, Reynolds would still be able to put his culinary degree to use and would be granted all the creative freedom he’d been yearning for. Over eight years later, Patrick is now recognized as one of the top mixologists in the region, known for his “Farm to Bar” columnin the SB Independent (www.independent.com/staff/
Limoneira Company, a 120-year-old international agribusiness headquartered inSanta Paula,California, has grown to become one of the premier integrated agribusinesses in the world.Limoneira (pronounced lÄ” monÎ„Ã¢ra), is a dedicated sustainability company with approximately 10,000 acres of rich agricultural lands, real estate properties and water rights inCalifornia. The Company is a leading producer of lemons, avocados, oranges, specialty citrus and other crops that are enjoyed around the world. For more aboutLimoneira Company, visitwww.limoneira.com.