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September 29, 2012
Zero Proof Cocktail Pairings at Hawksworth *(From the press release.)*
Hawksworth Restaurant & Bar is adding another dimension to their award-winning bar program with the introduction of Zero Proof cocktail pairings, as an alternative complement to the Chef's Tasting Menu.
Hawksworth’s Zero Proof cocktails are expertly crafted by a skilled team of bartenders. Made with fresh juices, herbs and house-made aromatic sprays, the Zero Proof pairings are expertly designed with food-friendly flavours in mind, as well as being a lighter alternative to wine pairings.
“We have modeled our Zero Proof pairing to be comparable with an equivalent wine varietal that would usually feature alongside each of the five tasting menu courses,” Bar & Lounge Manager Brad Stanton explains. “For example, as an alternative to the 09 Hecht & Bannier Saint Chinian, currently paired with a main course of Angus Beef Tenderloin, we offer a Zero Proof Blackberry Peppercorn Coupe which echoes the same notes of savory ripe dark berry fruit and pepper spice that are found in the wine.”
The concept behind introducing Zero Proof pairings is to enhance the dining experience for all guests. Stanton continues, “If a guest opts not to pair their dinner with wine, they often steer towards soda or still water – our Zero Proof pairings showcase the skills of our bar team as well as presenting a beautifully balanced complement, which has been purposefully paired with elements of the dish.”
Chef’s Tasting Menu and both wine and Zero Proof offerings change frequently, reflecting seasonality of ingredients and the Chef’s inspirations. Currently, the Zero Proof pairing program features: Sparkling Elderflower Sour; Shiso, Cilantro and Lime Fizz; Lemon Basil Ice-Tea Julep; Grapefruit, Ginger & Mint Mule; Blackberry Peppercorn Coupe; and a Mixed Berry & Almond Melody.
Integrated visually with wine offerings to blend effortlessly with the sophistication of the occasion, Zero Proof cocktails prove to be most rewarding in the moment of “cheers” – with every guest raising an elegant glass to the enjoyment of the evening.
kusshi oyster cucumber, dashi, sake
nv Blue Mountain brut, Okanagan Valley
bc zero proof . sparkling elderflower sour
heirloom tomato gazpacho octopus, squid ink, tomatillo, pine nut
2011 Haywire inot gris, Okanagan Valley, BC
zero proof: shiso, cilantro & lime fizz
seared albacore tuna smoked corn, radish, jalapeño, brown butter
2007 Kooyong Estate chardonnay mornington peninsula, Australia
zero proof: lemon basil iced tea julep
glazed duck confit mushroom agnolotti, fennel marmalade, bacon, pickled cherry
2011 Marcel Lapierre Morgon beaujolais, France
zero proof: grapefruit, ginger & mint mule
angus beef tenderloin potato roesti, roasted shallot, celeriac,
2009 Hecht & Bannier Bordelaise saint chinian, France
zero proof: blackberry peppercorn coupe
summer corn coconut, coriander
2011 Innocent Bystander pink moscato, Victoria, Australia
zero proof: mixed berry & almond melody
$128 with wine flight
$106 with zero proof cocktail pairing
801 West Georgia St. at the corner of Howe, at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia
or reservations and more information visit www.hawksworthrestaurant.com
About Hawksworth Restaurant:
The personal dream of one of Canada’s foremost masters of cuisine, Hawksworth Restaurant & Bar, located at the legendary Rosewood Hotel Georgia, in the heart of downtown Vancouver fuses together an illustrious past with a radiant future. Hawksworth showcases contemporary Canadian cuisine with a goal of setting forth a culinary legacy rooted in regional produce while celebrating the cultural diversity of Vancouver. Hawksworth was recently named ‘Canada’s Restaurant of the Year’ by Maclean’s magazine and awarded both Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year by Vancouver magazine. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner approachable menus reflect seasonality and spontaneity while demonstrating the highly skilled technique and relentless drive for perfection that has become Hawksworth’s trademark. Four distinctive dining rooms include an intimate bar area and an elegant private room, all designed to reflect the vibrancy and quality of the cuisine. Grown up and glamourous, yet relaxed and welcoming, Hawksworth Restaurant is poised to deliver an array of memorable dining experiences.