American Harvest Organic Spirit Named Key Ingredient In National Restaurant Association's Nationwide "Star of the Bar" Competition

Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain and Master Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim to Serve on Judging Panel

Apr 02, 2013, 13:51 ET from Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc.

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Newly introduced American Harvest Organic Spirit has been named the key ingredient in the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event (IWSB) at NRA Show's 2013 "Star of the Bar" competition. Bartenders are invited to submit their most creative cocktail using American Harvest for the chance to win a $5,000 cash prize. The winner will be selected at the Restaurants Rock party on Sunday, May 19 in Chicago by three esteemed judges; Celebrity Chef, personality and culinary author Anthony Bourdain, Master Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim and Sidney Frank Importing Company's Corporate Mixologist, Todd Richman.

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"With such a luxurious texture, great complexity, wonderful acidity, beautifully balanced and lingering finish, American Harvest is the perfect foundation for creative mixologists to build flavors and craft award winning libations," says Master Mixologist and "Star of the Bar" Judge Tony Abou-Ganim

Bartenders interested in a shot at the "Star of the Bar" title, a trip to Chicago to mix off at IWSB, as well as a chance at the $5,000 prize should visit for official rules and full details on how to enter. All entries must be received by April 19th, 2013 and include a signature cocktail recipe that includes at least 1 ounce of American Harvest Organic Spirit as well as a brief video demonstration.

Five of the six semifinalists will be determined by the panel of judges, with the sixth picked by the general public as the "people's choice" contender, which will be determined through online voting from April 22-24. All six semifinalists will be flown to Chicago to make their cocktail live on the exhibit floor in front of top food and beverage industry leaders at IWSB on Sunday, May 19. IWSB attendees will narrow the field down to the top three "Star of the Bar" finalists, who will then advance to the final live competition to be judged by Anthony Bourdain, Tony Abou-Ganim and Todd Richman, at Restaurants Rock, the official party of IWSB and NRA Show.

No purchase necessary. Limit of one video submission per person. Contest is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States, 21 years of age or older. Void where restricted by law. Please bartend responsibly; depictions of unsafe or reckless mixology will not be accepted. 

Award-winning American Harvest Organic Spirit is an American-made, organic vodka to which a proprietary blend of organic ingredients has been added, creating a truly unique vodka specialty. It's a revolutionary way to look at the vodka category and boasts a distinctive, smooth, clean and crisp taste. American Harvest is handcrafted in small batches from organic winter wheat grown on a family owned and sustainably managed American farm using water from aquifers deep beneath the Snake River plain.

American Harvest Organic Spirit 40% Alc. /Vol. Produced and bottled by American Harvest Distilling, Rigby, Idaho USA |

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