The Mix-Off: Bloomington’s Ultimate Bartender Showdown


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Join us as we explore the art of the cocktail. Local bartenders will compete to be crowned the best in Bloomington by our panel of judges and you, the voting audience, as you sip to select BCT’s signature cocktail for 2016. Funds raised by this event will help to ensure diverse programming by local artists and presenters at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

The Mix-Off: A Benefit for the Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Friday, October 23, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
114. E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408

Caught in the Rain, a drink by Emmie O'Connor of Malibu Grill. | Photo by <a href="http://www.briankrecik.com/">Brian Krecik</a>, ©Brian Krecik 2015

Caught in the Rain, a drink by Emmie O’Connor of Malibu Grill. | Photo by Brian Krecik, ©Brian Krecik 2015

This Year’s Competitors:
Emmie O’Connor, Malibu Grill
Nick Matio, C3 Bloomington
Andrew Wind, The Uptown Cafe

The Judges:
Lynae Sowinski, Editorial Director of Limestone Post Magazine
Sarah Murrell, Food Editor of NUVO Newsweekly
Alan Simmerman, Fresh Coordinator at Bloomingfoods & local chef

Tickets & Extras:
Your General Admission ticket provides you with:
• appetizers;
• four tastings of the batch cocktails made by the competing bartenders (1 of each submission plus a do-over of your favorite);
• a chance to vote for the best batch cocktail;
• access to the stage show, including the emcee stylings of Annie Corrigan, IU’s Full Frontal Comedy improv, cocktail challenges, and judge commentary.

Not tired yet? Ready to take it to the next level? Pick up the additional “Speakeasy” ticket to make like a judge and sample three signature cocktails submissions on the BCT stage, served by the competing bartenders.

Birds of a Feather, a drink by Emmie O'Connor of Malibu Grill. | Photo by <a href="http://www.briankrecik.com/">Brian Krecik</a>, ©Brian Krecik 2015

Birds of a Feather, a drink by Emmie O’Connor of Malibu Grill. | Photo by Brian Krecik, ©Brian Krecik 2015

Click here to purchase a General Admission Ticket AND a Speakeasy Ticket together. Theoretically, Speakeasy Tickets can also be purchased at the event, but they always sell out so we recommend advance purchase.

Named the designated driver, not yet 21, or just not interested in the drinks? A $10 “Mocktail Ticket” gives you access to all the food and fun (and we’ll even throw in a soft drink).

Purchase your ticket to the Mix-Off before noon on Thursday, October 22 and be entered to win a $20 BCT Box Office gift certificate, which can be used to purchase tickets to events at the BCT and across town.

How The Competition Works:
The winner is determined based on the preparation of three cocktails:
• “Batch cocktails” — served to all event attendees
• “Signature cocktails” — enjoyed by the judges and “Speakeasy” ticket-holders
• “Challenge cocktail” — a common cocktail, not revealed to the bartenders until the competition

Funds raised at the Mix-Off will support the programming of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Your participation will help to bring your favorite big-time artists to our small-town stage and ensure that local artists and organizations have the opportunity to present at our theater.

Mix-Off Sponsors:
A special thank you to Cardinal Spirits and Big Red Liquors for sponsoring this event and supporting the BCT’s mission.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the Mix-Off is expected to wrap up around 8 p.m.

Meet the Bartenders!

Emmie OConnorEmmie O’Connor: Malibu Grill

Emmie is a 3x Speed Rack finalist, Campari Apertivo Finalist, and a USBG member. As if that weren’t enough, she also teaches Taekwondo!

Andrew WindAndrew Wind: Uptown Cafe

Andrew started his bartending career in Pittsburgh serving craft beer, but decided he didn’t want to just pour out of a tap day in and day out. Ever since, Andrew has been discovering the intricacies of craft cocktails.

Nick MatioNick Matio: C3 Bloomington

Currently head of bar at C3, Nick is Bloomington born and raised. His cocktail recipes have been submitted, and trust us, you’ll want seconds.

Instagram Contest

Want the chance to have your own cocktail party at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater with your 20 closest friends? Now’s your chance! Participate in our very own Instagram competition in honor of this year’s Mix-Off. Simply post a picture of yourself enjoying a delightful libation at cocktail hour and tag ‪#‎bctmixoff‬ and @buskirkchumley.

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