It’s still a buzz seeing something I wrote in print, even 20-odd years on as a journalist. But I’m a perfectionist, so reading my own work can be as frustrating as it is satisfying. In today’s case, it was the realization that I didn’t list all the winners and finalists in my Kansas City Star piece about the Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition in August.
Sure, I blogged about it all the day after, but some of those reading the paper might not have been among those who read that entry. So here goes:
1st Valdez Campos, Manifesto/The Rieger, Kansas City
2nd Justin Richardson, The American, Kansas City
3rd Chad George, Demun Oyster Bar, St. Louis
Fan Favorite Tony Beyer, Benton’s Prime Chop House, Kansas City
And congrats also to the finalists…
Matthew Herman, Trezo Vino, Leawood
Jason Kimbrel, Tannin Wine Bar, Kansas City
Shannon Ponche, Taste, St. Louis
Berto Santoro, Extra Virgin, Kansas City
Matt Seiter, Sanctuaria, St. Louis
Travis Stewart, Chaz on The Plaza, Kansas City
Jennifer Tosatto, Manifesto/The Rieger, Kansas City
Paige Unger, M&S Grill, Kansas City
Jon Yeager, Watanabe Sushi & Asian Cuisine, Nashville, Tenn.
Curious what they won? First place received $1,000, plus a scholarship to attend the Beverage Alcohol Resource Education Program sponsored by Phenix Spirits. Second, $500. Third, $250. Original recipes from the top three will be published in Cheers Magazine. And all GKCBC finalists are enrolled in BarSmarts Advanced, courtesy Beverage Alcohol Resource and Pernod Ricard USA.