{DATENITE RECAP} “Chopped” Bartender Competition

I had a date nite with the honey that had a twist. 1st, it was on a Tuesday night and 2nd, it was a bartender competition. We attended the BELVEDERE Red “Chopped” Bartender Competition GRAND FINALE at SAX Restaurant in Washington, DC.

Me and the Honey

I never attended a bartender event so I was super excited to go. This is definitely a great date nite outing. Don and I had a lot of fun. they had free food and an open bar with drinks made with Belvedere Vodka.

Belvedere t-shirts, sunglasses

Don said the drinks were tasty. I’m eating and drinking clean for 30 days so I could only drink water and eat the fruit.

Cocktail made with Belvedere RED Voda

The bartenders were Tyler of Joe’s Crab Shop on 15th and H, Crystal of Sound Check and Frank Mills of Jack Rose Bar & Saloon and Roofers Union. They were given mystery ingredients and had 20 minutes to create a drink for the 3 judges and the MC.

Crystal – Sound Check
Tyler – Joe’s Stone Crab
Frank Mills –

The mystery ingredients were: grapefruit, rye malt, simple syrup, and smoked paprika.

Belvedere RED Girls

They had the option of using cranberry and orange juice and well as soda. Once the timer started, they were hot on it.

Crystal getting it in
Frank in the zone
Tyler was grooving

The judges took almost 20 minutes to deliberate about who the winner would be. they each said it was a tough choice to make and no one wanted to say who the 2 to get “chopped” were.

Crystals Lady in RED
Judges tasting Lady In RED

The 3 drinks were: Crystal – Lady In RED, Frank – The Sour Invested in Me, and I could not make out what Tyler said the name of his drink was. It was long….LOL!

All 3 drinks
Judges talking about the drinks
The bartenders receiving feedback on their drinks
Judge #1
Judge #2
Judge #3

The judges finally let us know that Frank was the winner. He actual smoked his paprika again with a mini torch, which made his drink extra smoky.

Chopped Champion, Frank Mills, the Founder and COO of DrinkLock.

I also ran into Mo Ivory, radio personality from WHUR.

Mo Ivory, WHUR 96.3fm

For a fun date nite that is not the usual event, check out a Belvedere Bartender competition. You and your honey will be entertained and meet new friends.

Belvedere Vodka has launched its new campaign in support of (RED), which the luxury vodka house has partnered for the past five years. Belvedere’s #MAKETHEDIFFERENCE campaign encourages people to join the fight against AIDS, raising funds through the sale of a (BELVEDERE) RED limited edition bottle designed in a collaboration with music star John Legend and South African artist Esther Mahlangu. 

Belvedere continues its partnership for (RED), the organization founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage people in the fight against AIDS through collaborations with the world’s most iconic brands. Over the past five years Belvedere Vodka, a member of the LVMH Group, has raised enough funds to provide 30,000 HIV-positive women with access to treatment that stops the transmission of HIV to their babies.

For this new #MakeTheDifference campaign – anchored in the values of unity, security, support and change – Belvedere has teamed with two talented artists. Music star John Legend has brought his face and voice dedicating his new song “Love Me Now” to the campaign, while South African artist Esther Mahlangu has designed a vibrant artwork, featured on the (BELVEDERE)REDlimited edition bottle. “Belvedere is delighted to continue the (BELVEDERE)REDcampaign with the help of these passionate artists, who are as dedicated as we are to spreading awareness and being a part of the change to end the transmission of HIV from mother to child. Together, we can Make The Difference.” said Charles Gibb, President of Belvedere Vodka.

Filled with hope and an unstoppable spirit for change, the (BELVEDERE) REDbottle has been designed by Esther Mahlangu, who drew inspiration from the traditional painting style of her native Ndebele people.  Her powerful and colorful symbols are joined by the signature of campaign ambassador John Legend, who commented: “I was so excited when I saw Esther’s design for the bottle: I think it’s beautiful and it marries her esthetic with the esthetic of Belvedere, it connects it to the culture and to the people we’re trying to help.”

Belvedere proudly donates 50% of its profits from every bottle of (BELVEDERE)RED sold to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. The campaign will get maximum visibility in 35 countries, including strong digital activations, targeted efforts in on-premise establishments as well as retail stores.

19 thoughts on “{DATENITE RECAP} “Chopped” Bartender Competition”

  1. Looks like you two had a great date night. When I go out to events, I’m always asking for the non alcoholic version and end up loving it.

    1. I always feel limited when I go out because I don’t really drink. I never thought to ask for a non-alcoholic version. Good idea!

  2. A perfect date night! You guys look like you had a good time. I love doing the unexpected on date nights.

  3. This was great for a date night. My husband likes to attend events like this with me too!

  4. What a great date night and a really cool event. I would live to check out one of these events because it is so different. Great pics!!

  5. Looks like it was such a fun event, wish I could’ve been a judge in the competition! lol Great post.

  6. I know you all both have busy schedules, great that you still make time for date night! I don’t think I heard the John Legend song, I need to look it up..

  7. This event was great, I am so glad we once again were able to spend time together and a fabulous event.


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