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INDUSTRY LEADERS • TRENDS • BEVERAGE • CUISINE • CHEF • RESTAURANT • HOSPITALITY

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Buyer’s Guide PR%F AWARDS 2020 The Winner’s Issue



FEBRUARY 2021 PR%F AWARDS ISSUE COVER IMAGE 2020 PR%F Awards; The Original Brand, LLC PUBLISHER MICHAEL POLITZ Michael@fb101.com EDITOR-IN-CHIEF LAUREN KANE Lauren.Kane@fbmagazine.com

PR%F Awards Team EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MICHELE D. TELL ProofAwardsVegas@gmail.com DIRECTOR OF COMPETITION COLLEEN BANKS Colleen@fbmagazine.co DIRECTOR OF COMPETITION TERRY HART Terry@proofawards.com EDITOR AT LARGE DEBBIE HALL Cmediacom@gmail.com LIVE STREAM ANCHOR, PR%F LIVE! JENNIFER ENGLISH SpiritsKitchen@gmail.com PHOTOGRAPHER AUDREY DEMPSEY Audrey@infinity-photo.com

We honor and remember the support of Chef Kerry Simon, Gary Cantor, Robin Leach, Chef Paul Prudhomme, & Gary Coles

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Toast the Winners

Women-Owned

Fly in Style

Meet the Judges Tasting

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Century Award Winners

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Double Gold Award Winners

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Gold Award Winners

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Silver Award Winners




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“We are so glad that all our efforts are seen and appreciated by the panel,” said Bonilla about Don Fernando TKO Silver awarded a Century Award for design. “The juice is amazing, so we needed an amazing presentation. The blown glass is !""#$%!&'() inserted into a mold for the details on the shield of arms and !"#$%&'()* the metal labels’ proper curvature. This tequila is an artisanal product that needs an artisanal bottle.”

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Paying homage to boxing, “We wanted to recognize all the people that do sports, but boxing has become a lot more mainstream, and we are passionate about the sport as well as all the individuals practicing boxing-type exercise for fitness. This is a tribute to all the ones that work hard to achieve results, and it’s 100% proof so you can get more with fewer calories,” said Bonilla.

In the PR%F Design Distinction competition, Century Award Winners earning a perfect 100-point score included Artingstall’s Brilliant London Dry, Bandero Tequila Blanco, Prim Improper Boozy Bites Moscow Mule, Boozy Bites Multi Pack and Boozy Bites Rosé, Branson Cognac VSOP, Col Bleu, Hardy Legend 1863, American Outlaw Jesse James Barrel Strength Tennessee Whiskey, Le Chemin Du Roi Brut Champagne, Starlight Distillery’s LFG Bourbon Rain Single Barrel, Ryze Vodka, and Don Fernando’s TKO Silver.

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“As I am the designer of the Bandero bottle, I am thrilled to get industry recognition for Bandero. Our rugged, leather-clad, canteen-style bottles were designed to embody the adventurous spirit of Bandero. Our bottles use 100% recycled glass and locally sourced leather, which was inspired by the authentic Huarache sandals traditionally worn by native tribes from Jalisco,” said Kendrick, ROKiT Group of Companies.

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Dozens of judges hailed from across the US, representing different hospitality arenas. The judges’ expertise in travel, gaming, distribution, operations, and production can determine the merits of the categories of spirits, wine, and beverages submitted worldwide, including signature partner Delta Sky Club and Green Valley Ranch Station Casinos beverage buyers. Other judges included CraftShack; Boyd Gaming, Opulent Wine & Spirits; Southern Wine & Spirits; Break Thru Beverage; RLED-California; SUR restaurant; The MINT Tavern; Specs Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods; West Coast Beverage; Liquid Distributors of Atlanta; Sonrisa Grill Group, and many more. PR%F Awards Design Distinction judges included world-renown artist Michael Godard; Jeremy Spencer, Musician/Movie Producer and New York Times best-selling author, Death Punch’d: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem; Wyland Gallery artist Kai Delgado, and Stations Casinos’ Art Director Rafa Shrader. During the event, James Beard Award-winning writer and food and beverage expert Jennifer English hosted several broadcasts live on PR%F Live! and Food and Beverage Magazine Live! highlighting judges, sponsors, and industry leaders—and unveiling some special winners—during the PR%F Awards competition. The PR%F Awards 2021 is set for September 21-22 in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.proofawards.com.

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In the PR%F tasting competition, Century Award Winners earning a perfect 100-point score included 20 spirits, mixers, and wines. The top-rated winners are Hardy Legend 1863, Skunk Brothers Blueberry Cinnamon, Nemiroff Vodka Bold Orange, Fid Street Gin, El Tequileño Gran Reserva, Don Fernando Reposado, Tanduay Double Rum, Rum Co of Fiji, Ratu – Signature Rum, Öömrang Pear A Brandy, E&J Distillers XO, Shinabu 15-Year Malt Whisky, Sugarlands Distilling Company Roaming Man Edition 9, Bird Dog Whiskey Chocolate Flavored Whiskey, Heritage Distilling Company BSB 103, Tempus Fugit Crème de Banana, Tempus Fugit Gran Classico Bitter, High Noon B Hard Seltzer Watermelon, High Noon Hard Seltzer Pineapple, Anna’s Kitchen Shrub –

An additional two special categories were added in the tasting competition—The Best of Show category won by Hardy Legend 1863, and Innovative Spirits Award category won by Skunk Brothers Blueberry Cinnamon Cordial—each voted unanimously by the judging panel.

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Traditional cocktails remain a favorite, so Splash Mixers come in five classic cocktail flavors: Margarita, Moscow Mule, Cosmopolitan, Mojito, and Bloody Mary. Mixers are made with natural ingredients and are lower in calories, sugar, sodium, and carbohydrates, as well as gluten-free, non-GMO, and Kosher certified. Mixers are available in retailers across the county and online at Splashmixers.com.

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contest eating the most White Castle burgers, so it was a significant change in her lifestyle but one she now embraces. Baum wanted to share healthier drinks with everyone, including when she entertained at home.

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After obtaining her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Baum headed into a career in finance and Wall Street. After 15 years, marriage and three children, the couple (both working in finance) asked themselves if they wanted to continue on this path. The answer was no, so they moved the family to Sag Harbor, New York, and Baum became a serial entrepreneur in various industries, including several restaurants. The couple also welcomed a fourth child.

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The Women-Owned Spirits category in PR%F Awards 2020 showcased women-owned brands, along with female master distillers, mixologists, blenders, and executives. According to Constellation Brands, women-owned companies in spirits and related products are the fastest-growing beverage industry segment. Their stories are diverse and distinct, like Maria Baum, CEO and Founder of Splash Mixers.

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PR%F Awards salutes this year's Women-Owned Business Entrants

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Delta Airlines welcomes all of their members to the Delta Sky Club. by Debbie Hall

Some people might remember a time when everyone flying was treated like a VIP guest. Delta Air Lines has always sustained that tradition with its upscale Delta Sky Club, a destination between destinations. “Operations have been modified due to COVID-19, with safety being our No. 1 concern,” states David Hoemann, General Manager Operations & Experience, Delta Sky Club. “The programs have been reinvented in a way that guests can continue to enjoy the D amenities.” While fresh and healthy fare on a full menu is still being offered, food is now served individually packaged. There is plexiglass protection between the bartenders and guests, ordering stations have been set up, and bar stools are places for socially distancing. Everything is sanitized frequently with protocols set up for everyone’s safety. The bar program remains in place with an expansive menu of complimentary cocktails and premium bar upgrade. The extensive complimentary program offers a full range of spirits, wines, and beers (local crafts beers on some markets) included in the guest membership. The menu also offers premium upgrades that can be purchased using cash, A points. Members using credit, or SkyMiles SkyMiles get a bonus since the purchase of a premium upgrade is only half of the number of miles used for the drink’s value. A Delta Sky Club beverage consultant and buyer, Brittany Chardin is the Head Shaker and CEO of Movers & Shakers, a bar and beverage consulting company based in B Atlanta that specializes in bar operations, total beverage program management, and beverage staff development. She has also

been a judge in PR&F in 2019 and 2020. “As a beverage consultant with large, multi-unit n a t i o n a l accounts, we are always looking for amazing quality spirits that may not have the marteam or E keting budget to be on our radar if not for events like the PR%F Awards,” says Chardin. “Once we tasted the century award winners Anna’s Kitchen Shrub and Hardy Legend 1863 Cognac, we were amazed by their quality and knew they would be a perfect fit for our client, Delta Sky Club. Both are featured in signature cocktails (the Million Miler and the Cran-Dragon Cooler) available at The Bar now, in addition to the silver award-winning Damrak as the complimentary gin offering.” Chardin’s background includes being an award-winning Certified Spirits Professional, Certified Bourbon Professional, CMS Certified Sommelier, spirits writer, and bartender. She is an active member of the United States Bartenders’ Guild. She has served as regional vice president on the national board of directors, the education, and nominating committees, as a judge for countless local and national wine, spirit, and bartender competitions, and is the founding president of the USBG Atlanta chapter. Assistance with ticketing and scheduling is available in Delta Sky Club, along with comfortable seating arranged for either socializing or working. The Gallery located in each Club exhibits the work of local artists in the cities Delta serves. WiFi is also provided. For more information, delta.com/us/en/delta-sky-club

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Followers of the popular podcasts featured on the Food & Beverage Podcast Network (fbpodcasts.com) experienced the excitement of the 2020 PR%F Awards live. Multi-award winning broadcaster, writer, and culinarian Jennifer English hosted reports, interviews, trends, and reflections of other judges and participants throughout the two-day. The winners of the competition will also be broadcast on various New York City- and Los Angeles-based podcasts featured on the Food & Beverage Podcast Network.

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“I am so lucky that I was one of the participants when the PR&F Awards was born,” English explains. “I have watched this evolved to the incredible event it has become today. I am so proud of the effort of everyone involved. The

“What each submission of a product says to me is that they had a dream, it came true, and now they want to share it with the world. We cheer and celebrate it all.”

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English is a force in the food and beverage industry with her in-depth interviews and intellectual musings on the history, craft, and culture of all areas of food and drink. Awarded the prestigious The James Beard Foundation Award for Best Radio Show and the Gracie Allen Award from The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television, English brought her unique brand and expertise as a judge for the 2020 PR%F Awards.


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“As a first-time judge, I found it new and exciting to be part of this judging and awards,” says Mayer. He discovered many outstanding beverages as well as niche market submissions without a mass appeal. He was aware of the growing trend of seltzers in the marketplace, so the number of submissions did not surprise him. “Seltzers are very hot right now, and we are being approached about listing these beverages on our website.”

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to new and existing hotel properties. He has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality and technology industries, business, and marketing. His expertise includes evaluating projects to recommend the best strategy for an effective ROI. Mayer also owns and operates a successful catering company, CBK Catering and Events, located in Tampa, Florida. Originally from Illinois, Mayer has lived all over the world, including Africa and Italy. Mayer owned and operated a hotel in Nassau, Bahamas, and has traveled extensively during his long career, always incorporating good food, great beverages, a healthy lifestyle, and outdoor activity.

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“The PR%F Awards are going to become even more vital to our industry as it progresses. With the constant stream new beverage products hitting the market, PR%F Awards will be essential to guide people within the trade, the consumer at large, and the market as a whole toward the best of what is out there.” Mark Hefter,

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Steve Jabour, representing Specs Family Partners, understands the food and beverage industry, trends, and what guests want to drink. Based in Houston, Specs Family Partners sells spirits, beer, wine, bar supplies, and other products needed for a full beverage experience.

Jabour wanted to experience more than comfort brands and offer new drinks and flavors for people to try. During the judging period, Michael Politz, publisher of Food and Beverage Magazine, the title partner for the competition, walked to each judge’s table to offer an ahi tuna-flavored vodka. While Jabour admitted he would not personally drink it, he understands that customers will hear about the ahi tuna-flavored vodka and ask about it where they purchase spirits.

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Family owned and operated Breakthru Beverage Group is a leading North American beverage wholesaler servicing the US and Canada. Hirsch brings his expertise as an award-winning restaurant general manager, sales director, and director of operations in the food and beverage industry, hospitality management, MICROS, hotel management, and wine.

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“Innovative flavor products that have good marketing are hitting home with consumers. The Ready-to-Drink (RTD) product is the key part at the moment. Items that people can grab while shopping in supermarkets and convenience stores because they are working from home and they want something fast and accessible,” he says.

was surprised about the artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners infused in submitted spirits. However, he is impressed with the general knowledge of the US consumers about spirits, wine, and beer. The public is now interested in higher tiers in choices for these beverages. Hirsch believes consumers can distinguish between a good product and those with added artificial ingredients.

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It is the second year for Louis Hirsch, district manager for Breakthru Beverage Group, to judge the PR%F Awards. According to Hirsch, one of the biggest growths in submissions for the competition is seltzer.

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He was impressed with a reposado, 120-proof rye whiskey, and banana cream liquor during his tastings.

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“It is all about finding the right balance between flavor and ABV [alcohol by volume],” he says.

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According to Doimo, he tasted more flavor-infused rums such as apple spice but still main-

As for trends for 2021, Doimo states that the market for tequila will remain strong and even grow. He would like to see the demand for rum to grow and for the consumer to embrace this spirit (again). Winning multiple times as Flair World Champion and Bar Artist of the Year, Doimo brings over 20 years of experience to the food and beverage industry. He understands what creates a great cocktail, whether to enjoy with food or sip on its own. Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis features handcrafted martinis, an extensive wine list, and other specialty drinks.

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First-time PR%F Awards judge Peter Madrigal, representing Celebrity Slots/Blingka, can be seen on television on Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules while sipping some of the best spirits in the country. He brought his expertise, nose, and tastebuds to sample some of the incredible submissions and a couple of misses.

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tained the classic rum profiles. Doimo did not taste any gins that stood out or really stood out in his mind.

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Dario Doimo once dazzled with his flair bartending, creating imaginative drinks with deft touch competing in Europe and the US. Recently, he changed career paths, becoming the Assistant General Manager at Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis for Station Casinos. Understanding cocktails is his business, and as a first-time judge for the PR%F Awards 2020, Doimo brings a unique perspective.

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*If you already have distribution in Nevada, please contact your distributor directly to arrange for shipment to Opulent Wine & Spirits. International Entrants: If you are an international entrant without an importer to the US, contact our exclusive importer PARK STREET at competitions@parkstreet.com to arrange for import to the US.

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Please contact us at 1-888-959-7260 or info@proofawards.com for more information. We make every effort to respond within 24 hours. PR%F Awards sequesters judges from across the United States for a two-day private tasting experience in Las Vegas – Each judge is a key buyer and decision maker in the spirits/wine industries. Our judges – all buyers – come from different facets of the industry: distributors, retail, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, resorts, airlines, liquor stores, box chains, and online distributors. When you enter the PR%F Awards, right out of the gate – buyers and decision makers taste your brand! PR%F Awards is open to all spirits brands – domestic or international, emerging or established favorites.

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All winners receive a coveted PR%F Award medal (one for tasting, one for total package, if points merit a win); social media posts including PR%F Award framed graphics announcing that you entered, and winners, ability to use the PR%F Award logo and materials (no added licensing fees to use our graphics), and inclusion in Food and Beverage Magazine – now reaching more than 14 million readers monthly.



Las Vegas is a difficult and complex marketplace. But we know Vegas. Our on-the-ground sales support and marketing team has strong and proven industry in-market relationships. In fact, our success is relationship-driven. This gives us the edge when representing great brands like yours. Our boutique business model allows us to focus on select products and give them the attention that they may not get with most distributors who have their focus and commitments to their high-volume brands. We step in for you and give you the in-market sales & marketing support that you need to make a successful impact in the Las Vegas Market.

Our goal is clear: We work directly with your distributors sales team or you work with ours. We seamlessly take on the in-market sales management and marketing for your brand, working hand in hand with your distributor. Open new accounts Consistent relationship maintenance Weekly touch for reorders Schedule Pre-shift Staff Trainings and Tastings Signature POS placements Back Bar Reset Displays – management Feature Menu Placements Permanent Menu Placements

If you are looking to get your brand into Vegas - look no further than us! Call us today to discuss how ORIGINAL BRAND can help you!

The Original Brand | 10845 Griffith Peak Dr #2 | Las Vegas, NV 89135

(888) 959-7260


September 21 & 22, 2021 PR%F Awards 2021

THE ORIGINAL BUYERS COMPETITION Moving Brands Forward into the Marketplace.

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