National Restaurant Association Announces Winner of Star of the Bar Competition

(Chicago) The National Restaurant Association has crowned the winner of its Star of the Bar competition, a nationwide search by the National Restaurant Association for the country’s most creative mixologist. Nathan Greene of Las Vegas, Nev. competed against two other finalists at the Association’s International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event's (IWSB) After-Party at the Rockit Bar & Grill to win the title with his Bacardi Kiwi Berry Serenitea cocktail.

“The creativity and mixology skills of our Star of the Bar competition finalists were clearly showcased at the IWSB After-Party,” said David Gilbert, chief operating officer of the National Restaurant Association. “We congratulate Nathan for the style and flair of his presentation, creating a standout cocktail that was a delight to watch and taste.”

Six semi-finalists were selected from 90-second video submission on YouTube in which they prepared their best signature cocktail – utilizing at least one Bacardi product – along with an accompanying written recipe. The semi-finalists were flown to Chicago by American Airlines – the Star of the Bar’s official airline sponsor – to mix, stir and shake their signature cocktail live at IWSB, held in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place on Sunday, May 23.

IWSB attendees selected three finalists, who advanced to the final round of the competition at the official IWSB’s after-party at Rockit Bar & Grill on May 23.

Nathan Greene received a $5,000 cash prize, in addition to having his cocktail recipe and photo included in an upcoming edition of American Airlines’ American Way magazine. Nathan will also have his cocktail featured on the Rockit Bar & Grill menu until the end of June 2010.

Now in its third year, IWSB is held in a separate exhibit area of McCormick Place, and gathers brewers, vintners and distillers, leading beverage experts, and beverage alcohol buyers. The IWSB education sessions and exhibits take place in Grand Ballroom (McCormick Place South, Level 1).

The annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest single gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals. The NRA Show 2010 is currently being held through Tuesday, May 25 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event attracts tens of thousands of attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and showcases more products, services, innovative ideas and other growth opportunities than any other industry event. For more information, visit the Show Web site at .

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