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Deer Valley Grocery~Café Crafts Winning Concoction at Annual Park City
Restaurant Association's Spring Cocktail Contest

PARK CITY, UTAH (April 5, 2012) – September Bickmore and Bonnie Ulmer of Deer Valley Grocery~Café, produced the winning cocktail Wednesday night, when a panel selected this original cocktail, "Flower & Pine" as Park City’s "Signature Cocktail" for spring and summer 2012. Flower & Pine beat submissions from 11 other local bartenders and mixologists, who together took part in the Park City Restaurant Association's Spring Cocktail Contest, which was held at Cisero's Ristorante and Good Times Bar on Main Street.

"We are thrilled to bring home the trophy for the third time since the Park City Cocktail Contest started in 2007," said Julie Wilson, Deer Valley Resort's director of food and beverage. "Bonnie and her team have been testing cocktails for this competition since February. We are very lucky to have such creative and talented bartenders at the resort."

Deer Valley Grocery~Café took home a $100 cash prize and a trophy, plus a measure of local renown: Flower & Pine will appear on drink menus at Park City restaurants and bars through the rest of spring and summer 2012.

The judges, who included Mary Malouf (food editor, Salt Lake Magazine), Ted Scheffler (food editor, City Weekly), Kristen Case (food editor, Park City Magazine), Casey Metzger, (Owner of Top Shelf) and Chris Wadell (Paralympian), evaluated each drink based on its presentation, taste and appearance.

Flower & Pine, which blends Beefeater gin, St. Germaine liqueur, Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur and Peychaud’s bitters, won with a score of 474. It received high marks for taste and presentation.

"Once again, the competition was extremely close," PCARA Executive Director, Ginger Ries said. "It just goes to show that Park City is home to some of the best cocktails, best bartenders and best bars in the world."

Ticket sales for the event raised more than $700 for the People’s Health Clinic, a full-service health center for uninsured individuals and families in Utah’s Summit and Wasatch counties. Together, PCARA’s cocktail contests have raised more than $6,500 for the clinic.

For those who wish to try the Flower & Pine cocktail at home, here’s the recipe:

"Flower & Pine"

Presented by September Bickmore and Bonnie Ulmer, representing
Deer Valley Grocery~Café

1 ½ oz. Beefeater gin
½ oz. St. Germaine liqueur
½ oz. Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 lemon wedge
Serve in martini glass

For more information on Park City’s Signature Cocktail or the Deer Valley Grocery~Café, please visit deervalley.com or contact resort Communications Manager, Emily Summers at esummers@deervalley.com or 435-645-6522.

For a remarkable five years running, Deer Valley is honored to be named the #1 ski resort in North America by the readers of SKI Magazine in 2012.

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