Press Release – 11th Annual Finlandia Vodka Cup Regional

14 10 2008

From a press release….


Michigan’s 11th Annual Finlandia Vodka Cup regional competition

Master mixologists, media and guests

October 27
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Club 131 @ Harpers, 131 Albert Avenue, East Lansing

The best mixologists in Michigan will compete for one-coveted spot in the U.S. Finlandia Shake Off on November 10 in Colorado Springs. The mixologist that wins the Shake Off will represent the U.S. in the 11th Annual International Finlandia Vodka Cup Finals in Finland in early February. During the Finals, the U.S. representative will compete against more than 25 bartenders from around the globe in Finlandia’s arctic homeland.


Press Release – Michigan Wine and Spirits Competition

22 07 2008

From a press release.

Wine Experts to Gather in East Lansing for
Michigan Wine and Spirits Competition

Who:    Respected judges from around the country and across the state

What:   31st Annual Michigan Wine and Spirits Competition and
        Gold Medal Reception

When:   Competition – Tuesday, August 5, 2008 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
        Gold Medal Reception – Thursday, August 7, 2008 – 5-8 p.m.
Where:  Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing Read the rest of this entry »

BWL Chili Cook-Off

13 06 2008

I made it to MIS this morning for some interviews and got home before one o’clock, so I was abBWL Chili Cook-Offle to get a quick nap in and not be too worn out to make it downtown for the BWL Chili Cook-Off.  I picked my girlfriend up from work and we headed to the Lansing Center for her dinner break.  I was exepcting them to move it inside because of the rain, but by the time we got to Michigan and Cedar, it was pretty obvious things were still outside.  We found on-street parking then got in line to get our wristbands and get inside.

Our plan of attack was simple.  Start at the end and work our way down booth-by-booth.  That worked for about five minutes.  You could tell which ones were really good because of the lines.  We skipped over a few thinking we’d come back later. 

Let me back track a little bit here and say this is a great event.  I was complaining on the way downtown that Lansing doesn’t get a lot of concerts like our old hometown gets.  She was quick to point out that what Lansing lacks in concerts they make up for in community events.  A few weeks ago, we took advantage of the Be a Tourist In Your Own Town and tonight’s Chili Cook-Off was better than we could have imagined.  Read the rest of this entry »

BWL Chili Cook-Off Tonight

13 06 2008

Looking for a good way to start the weekend?  The Board of Water & Light’s 13th Annual Chili Cook-Off will take place tonight (Friday the 13th) along the Grand River near the Lansing City in Downtown Lansing.

I even read where fellow foodie blogger Amy over at Runs With Spatula will be one of the competitors.

The event starts at five o’clock and a five dollar wristband will get you samples of the competitors chili’s.  There’s also a mechanical bull, “adult beverages,” and a couple bands.  I’m going to MIS this morning for some media things.  I’m hoping to not be too tired when I get home to make it down there. 

For more information, check out the BWL Chili Cook-Off page.