by Luke Putvin
On March 1, approximately 250 people attended the annual Toast of Edmonds, hosted at 190 Sunset in Edmonds. The event saw local bartenders compete to make the best cocktail with the same liquor, and this year, bartenders had to use Pampero Aniversario rum.
Bartenders represented the following local locations: Barkada, 190 Sunset, Salt & Iron, Calypso, Thai by Day, Demetri’s Woodstone Taverna, Kelnero, Scratch Distillery, Girardi’s and Santa Fe.
In addition to the ten celebrity judges that dictated the Judge’s Choice Award, there was a People’s Choice Award. Each attendee was allowed to try free samples of every drink. After that, they used a ticket received at the door to obtain a full-sized drink from their favorite place. The location with the most tickets at the end received the People’s Choice Award.
This year, Kelnero received the Judge’s Choice Award, and Calypso received the People’s Choice Award.
Proceeds of the event went toward Washington Kids in Transition, which focuses on providing basic needs to homeless children in Washington such as food, emergency closets, motel vouchers and transportation vouchers.
For more information on Washington Kids in Transition, including how to donate, visit www.washingtonkidsintransition.org. To learn more about 190 Sunset in Edmonds, visit their website at www.themarket190sunset.com.