The second annual Perfect Pour Craft Cocktail Competition transformed The Living Room at the Mastercraft in Omaha into pre-embargo 1950s Cuba, complete with live music, cigars, hand-crafted rum cocktails, and an auction of beautiful period 1950s Omaha photography.
The main component of the night was the final round of this year’s Perfect Pour Cocktail Competition, officiated per IBG rules. Eight bartender finalists representing bars and restaurants from all over the Midwest (narrowed down from a field of 23 competitors) were asked to create one-of-a-kind cocktails for event guests using Brugal rum, an event sponsor. Cash prizes were awarded to Adam Flohr from the Down Under Lounge (People’s Choice) and Austin Foster from The Diving Elk in Sioux City, Iowa (Judge’s Choice).
Guests danced the night away to Rhythm Collective and The New Humans, who provided Latin jazz and Caribbean reggae tunes. Guests had the opportunity to win from four Cuban-themed raffle prizes, including a “Viva Cuba” package with cigars and liquor not available for purchase in the states. Event guests were treated to a variety of Caribbean-inspired savory treats provided by Catering Creations, including pork belly and pineapple skewers, brisket corn dogs, hand-made fresh guacamole, coconut mango chicken, and more.
The event drew approximately 350 guests and raised more than $35,000 for Nebraska Children!
All in all, it was a fun, well-organized event, and none of it would be possible without the Friends of Nebraska Children group, who planned and brought the event to life, and our generous supporters who keep our doors open and make our work possible. Thank you all!