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USBG Announces Winners of Express Your Cocktail Challenge Presented by GREY GOOSE® Vodka

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Winners will receive a six-part training course with world-renowned
bartender and more

United States Bartenders' Guild (USBG) is proud to announce the four
winners of the Express Your Cocktail Challenge presented by GREY
GOOSE:

  • Dyamond Caples, Summertime Chi (SenSAGEtional)
  • Roshelley Mayen, L^2 (L Squared)
  • Samantha B. Spencer, Pears on Point
  • Destinee Pavia, Lily Pond

USBG challenged Chicago bartenders to craft their own signature GREY
GOOSE cocktail as part of the Express Your Cocktail Challenge. To
enter, bartenders were asked to create a cocktail recipe that was
inspired by their urban Chicago neighborhoods and submit along with a
description and image.

"It takes a great deal of skill and passion to create the world's best
tasting GREY GOOSE cocktails," said Lorran Brown Cosby, Senior Marketing
Director, for GREY GOOSE in the U.S. "The Express Your Cocktail
Challenge
 recognizes those innovative cocktail creators who express
the soul of their city through iconic cocktail experiences."

Prior to the competition, GREY GOOSE, in collaboration with Causing A
Stir (CAS), hosted Vive La Vodka workshops in Chicago neighborhoods,
most of which were in the Southside of Chicago. These workshops served
as a way to provide industry knowledge on the brand, vodka as a spirit,
and cocktail tutorials on using the finest and freshest ingredients that
are easily accessible. It also helped bring awareness to the contest and
provide guidance on submissions. Because of these efforts, Express
Your Cocktail Challenge
received submissions from bartenders in
communities who don't often participate in similar contests.

"We were delighted and impressed to see bartenders connect their
uniquely crafted cocktail with a personal nod to Chicago neighborhoods.
The USBG Express Your Cocktail Challenge finalists will have the
opportunity to attend specialized spirit trainings as well as developing
their mixed media skills. Our collaboration with GREY GOOSE is a
fantastic example of furthering our mission to unite the hospitality
community to advance professional bartending," said Sheila Rosario,
Director of Sponsorship Sales for the USBG.

As part of the winning prize, these four bartenders will receive a professional
video shoot
, participate in a six-part bartender-training course,
which, in addition to spirits and mixology, will cover social media,
media skills and more. Out of the four winners, one bartender will be
selected to visit the brand home of Grey Goose in LeLogis, France. The
bartender-training course will be led by Colin Asare-Appiah, Senior
Portfolio Ambassador for the Bacardi brand portfolio in the United
States. Photos of the winning cocktails, as well as all those who
entered, can be found at www.expressyourcocktail.com.

About USBG

Founded in 1948, the United States Bartenders' Guild® is a non-profit
professional society of bartenders and other hospitality professionals
uniting the hospitality community to advance professional bartending.
The USBG believes that every US bartender achieves greater personal and
professional success by connecting to diverse local and national
hospitality communities. Through our network of over 60 communities
nationwide, the USBG connects members with peer-to-peer learning, expert
instruction, community service projects, and skills-based competition.

For more information on the USBG go to usbg.org.

About Causing A Stir

Causing A Stir developed from a luncheon comprised of 10 female
bartenders of color whom gathered together in fellowship to discuss
views and perspectives on the hospitality industry. The group came to
find there was a need for radical inclusion, equal representation and
accessibility to educational opportunities within the Chicago bar
community.

Causing A Stir's goal, quite simply, is to #getinvolved by listening and
understanding the needs of our bar community as a whole. Our vision is
to nurture better working environments and the people that hone them.

Since its inception in November 2016, Causing A Stir now hosts over 1.3k
hospitality professionals from all over the globe and will continue to
facilitate interactive workshops, scholarship programs and educational
opportunities to underserved areas and highlight underrepresented
individuals of the hospitality industry.

Causing A Stir has filed as a non-profit organization seeking 501 c 3
status.

About GREY GOOSE® Vodka

Every aspect of the creation of GREY GOOSE is focused on crafting vodka
of unmatched quality. The creation of GREY GOOSE begins with the very
best ingredients from France – soft winter wheat from the Picardie
region, le grenier à blé (the breadbasket of France) and spring water
from Gensac-La-Pallue, that is naturally filtered through limestone. A
unique distillation process brings out the naturally superior
characteristics of these ingredients.

From field-to-bottle, the expertise of the GREY GOOSE Cellar Master,
François Thibault, ensures an unparalleled smoothness and exceptional
taste to the connoisseur palate. The GREY GOOSE portfolio is comprised
of GREY GOOSE® vodka, GREY GOOSE® Interpreted by Ducasse, GREY GOOSE® La
Poire, GREY GOOSE® L'Orange, and GREY GOOSE® Le Citron Flavored vodkas,
GREY GOOSE® VX spirit drink. www.greygoose.com

The GREY GOOSE vodka brand is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited,
headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the
Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.

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