Vancouver barkeeps will mix things up so underprivileged kids can come to Science World.
Concocted by Science World, the charitable organization running the science centre at False Creek, the fundraiser concept went down easy, and the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association is getting behind the stick.
Trevor Kallies, president of the CPBA and who is also the bar and beverage director with the Donnelly Group, is a member of the organizing committee of the Science of Cocktails happening at the Telus World of Science on February 4.
At a preview held at the Granville Room (957 Granville Street), a Donnelly Group establishment, Kallies recalled that when Science World reached out, the bartending association “basically jumped right on board”.
"The opportunity for a young kid to come and have fun at Science World is just amazing,” Kallies told the Straight behind the Granville Room’s red oak bar. “So we’ve actually managed to get over 30 local Vancouver bartenders on board to volunteer their time, and help us up produce the cocktails.”
Science of Cocktails will feature 25 bar stations, appetizers, and event areas.
For the event’s preview, one of the drinks was smoked pineapple martini.
“We’re mixing science concepts, but making drinkable cocktails using those concepts,” the Donnelly Group’s Kallies said. “So we’re everything from smoking different ingredients to fat washing to liquid nitrogen to dry ice, all sorts.”
Jesse Brydle, public programs specialist with Science World, said in another interview that Science of Cocktails is the first of what is hoped to be a series of similar fundraisers to help schools.
An average field trip to Science World costs between $900 and $1,100 per class.