The Vancouver Foodster Caesar Cocktail Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at restaurants and bars around Vancouver, Richmond and North Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from March 12-April 5, 2015. and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge for their People’s Choice favourites.

Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Aaron Alexander, Joe Leary and Dianne Chow

The Winners are:

CaesarCraft1st Place:
Stateside Craft
B&C Craft Caesar

Description: Ground pepper and pink Himalyan sea salt rim. Obviously Vodka. House made Clamato, made with roasted veg, fresh Roma tomatoes, red wine, secret spices & herbs and clam nectar. Garnished with bacon, Jerky Baron fresh beef jerky stick, a Prawn and assorted pickled peppers and veg.

Created by: General Manager Benn McGuire & Bar Manager Colin Bussiere

Stateside Craft
1601 Commercial Drive
Tel: 604-620-0048
Web: http://www.statesidecraft.com/
Twitter: @statesidecraft


CeasarEarls2nd Place (tie):
Earl’s Restaurant
Earls Signature Caesar

Description: An Earls favorite, our signature Caesar blends the classic vodka and clamato with our special 12-spice blend and a jerky stick garnish

Ingredients: smirnoff vodka, clamato + signature spices, beef stick

Created by: Cam Bogue, Beverage Director

Earl’s Restaurant
Earls Yaletown
1095 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Tel: (604) 688-4990
Web: https://earls.ca/


Earls Test Kitchen
905 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Tel: (604) 682-6700
Web: https://earls.ca/


CaesarUAndI2nd Place (tie):
U & I Thai
U&I Thai Caesar

Description: A delicious blend featuring exotic spices and ingredients creating a mouth full of delicate flavour that tingle your taste buds. On the palate the taste is fresh and green, with the clearly defined flavours dancing on your tongue. Caesar connoisseurs will appreciate this unique blend of spices and find it hard to stop at just one.

Ingredients: Tamarind juice, dried Chinese plum, garden fresh Galangal root, Basil and Lemongrass is added to the Clam Cocktail base and seasoned with black pepper, salt, Tabasco
Lea & Perrins, and Angostura Bitters.

Created by: Chef A-guan Phutyeam and Mr. Kittipoj Chidjarean

U & I Thai
3364 Cambie St, Vancouver
Tel: (604) 875-6999
Web: http://uandithai.com/
Twitter: @uratomjit

CAesarSalida3rd Place:
Salida 7
The 7th Exit

Description: with gin, sherry, beef broth, sangrita and Dickens organic caesar mix with pickled spot prawn garnish and a horseradish foam and serrano chili sea salt rim.

Ingredients: Gin, Fino Sherry, Beef broth, Sangrita, Celery bitters, Dickens Organic Caesar Mix, Serrano chili infused salt rim, Horseradish Foam

Garnish: Pintxo – Jalapeño pickled spot prawn, marinated zucchini and smoked chorizo.

Created by: Nathan Jackman

Salida 7
52 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Tel: 604 569 3088
Web: http://www.salida7.ca/


In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Caesar Creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

CaesarAmerican21st Place People’s Choice:
American Grille
The Kuno Caesar

Description: In-house basil infused gin, hand pressed fire roasted tomato and clam nectar (Caesar mix) topped with a cucumber boat with dill cream cheese, local baby heirloom tomato, nori, salmon gravlax

Ingredients: In-house basil infused gin, hand pressed fire roasted tomato & clam nextar, wasabi, soy sauce, black sesame seed & togarashi rim. Garnish: Cucumber boat w/ dill cream cheese, local baby heirloom tomato, nori and salmon gravlax

Created by: Elisa Rutigliano and Jessi Leak

American Grille
7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Tel: 604-232-2804

Web: http://american-grille.com/
Twitter: @GrilleYVR


CaesarMilestone22nd Place People’s Choice:
Milestones Grill & Bar
West Coast Fixer

Description: The mix is Walter and we have added Sauza tequila as well as Howe Sound IPA. We have a culinary garnish of a crab roll, shrimp skewer, pickle, cherry tomato, lime wedge, and lemon.

Ingredients: Walter Caesar mix, worchester sauce, tobacco sauce, kosher salt, sauza rail tequila, howe sound IPA draught, crab salad, Hawaiian bun, shrimp skewer, steak spice, lemon, fresh basil, lime wedge, pickle, cherry tomato

Crab salad: pasteurized crab meat, mayonnaise, fresh cut salsa, green onion, garlic in oil, kosher salt, black pepper

Created by: Executive Chef Jason Rosso and National Beverage Manager Nathan Cameron.

Milestones Yaletown
1109 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Web: http://www.milestonesrestaurants.com/
Twitter: @MilestonesYale


Milestone’s Robson
1145 Robson Street, Vancouver
Web: http://www.milestonesrestaurants.com/
Twitter: @MilestonesRBSN

CaesarPinnacle3rd Place People’s Choice:

Pinnacle Pier Hotel
West coast Salmon Gin Caesar

Description: made with local Victoria Gin, house made horse radish, and a tasty piece of candied salmon, spicy bean & blue cheese stuffed olive! But most importantly, the rim is a ground smoked bacon & Cajun spice!

Ingredients: Victoria Spirits Gin, horseradish, candied salmon, blue cheese, olive, bacon, Cajun spice.

Created by: Lobby Bartender’s creation (Dean, Ali, Vanessa and Jason)

Pinnacle Pier Hotel
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Tel: 604-986-7437
Web: http://pinnaclepierhotel.com/the_lobby.html
Twitter: @PinnaclePier

The full list of participating restaurants can be found here


About Vancouver Foodster

Founded in 2009 by Richard Wolak, Vancouver Foodster is Vancouver’s premier online “Essential Food & Drink Intelligence” guide. The site offers expert advice on the hottest restaurants, parties, and openings this city has to offer, as well as the most interesting dining trends and newest cuisines and food around the region. Vancouver Foodster also runs a series of food and drink challenges with restaurants and chefs throughout the year!

Richard Wolak, Richard@vancouverfoodster.com
Vancouver Foodster http://vancouverfoodster.com/
Twitter: @VanFoodster 



Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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