27 Jun

Chopin Vodka Launches National Competition to Create the Perfect Stuffing for the Chopin Extra Olives

Chopin Vodka Launches National Competition for Bartenders and Chefs to Create the Perfect Stuffing for the CEO Martini

The makers of Chopin Vodka have taken their search for the perfect olive to garnish their signature CEO (Chopin Extra Olives) Martini to the next level. Together with Wine Spectator and Food Arts magazines, Chopin Vodka has launched a nationwide challenge to bartenders and chefs to submit their recipes for the best-stuffed olive, the signature garnish of the CEO Martini, emblematic of the country’s most enduring cocktail trends. The olive creations will be judged in a competition led by a panel of experts, together with the editors of Food Arts, based on flavor and originality, with winners showcased in the Chopin Vodka CEO Recipe Book, to appear in both Wine Spectator and Food Arts.

“Chopin may not have invented the stuffed olive as a Martini garnish, but we are proud of our commitment to perfect this timeless classic in keeping with Chopin’s independent spirit and luxury profile,” states Sarah Gorvitz, US Business Manager, Chopin Vodka. “Chopin’s round, full character from naturally grown potatoes and crisp, clean finish make the CEO Martini the ideal platform for bartenders and chefs to showcase their creativity and inventions. We’re looking forward to sampling their fabulous fillings and bold brines and will share our winning results with CEO Martini lovers everywhere!”

According to Michael Batterberry, Editor-in-Chief of Food Arts, and one of the celebrity judges of the competition: “The timing could not be better for the Chopin stuffed olives campaign. We’re seeing a culinary revolution behind the bar; bartenders are finding inspiration in culinary trends, and chefs are stepping out of the kitchen to bring creativity to every aspect of the bar menu. Chopin’s stuffed olives program embodies the inventive spirit that’s pushing great chefs and bartenders even further to the forefront of their professions.”
Competition Rules:

To enter simply log on to www.foodarts.com/CEO or email CEO@mshanken.com. Video submissions are also welcome.

To enter, recipes must be for stuffed olives that could serve as vodka martini garnishes. Winners, who will be featured in the Chopin Vodka CEO Recipe Book, will be judged by an expert panel and the editors of Food Arts magazine based on flavor, originality and innovation. For each recipe, please list all ingredients in order of usage, with standard American measurements, and provide preparation instructions and presentation notes. Contest ends November 30, 2007. Entries must be postmarked by November 30. Entries that do not list ingredients as stated above or that are not postmarked by November 30 will be neither considered nor returned. Winners of the Chopin Vodka CEO Recipe Book will be notified by certified mail or phone. Contest is open to persons 21 years of age or older only. Qualified entrants must be employed at a food or beverage service establishment. Food Arts reserves the right to authorize title sponsor use of all submissions in all program-related consumer and trade advertising. Void where prohibited.

For further inquiries about Chopin Vodka please contact Helen Gregory, HG Marketing at (718) 403-0097 or e-mail info@hgmarketing.net.

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