Washington, DC (March 3, 2011) – This spring, the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s 1869 Society presents ARTINI 2011, a month-long special event to benefit the Corcoran’s dynamic exhibition programming. Throughout the month of March, the city’s most creative mixologists from 12 restaurants and lounges will compete to make the most artistic martini inspired by pieces from the Corcoran Collection. The public is invited to sample “artinis” at the participating Washington venues throughout the month of March and vote for their favorite on the website of ARTINI press partner Washingtonian at www.washingtonian.com/artini. On Saturday, April 2, the winning venue will be announced at the culminating event at the Corcoran.
Throughout the month of March, venues will host special “Feature Nights,” allowing Washingtonians to sample the exclusive artinis while raising funds for the Corcoran; each venue will donate 20 percent of their Feature Night sales to the Corcoran. Participating restaurants include AGAINN DC, Art and Soul, Café Atlántico, Church & State, Farmers & Fishers, Mei N Yu, Potenza, POV at the W Hotel, PS 7’s Restaurant, SEI Restaurant & Lounge, The Gibson, and Tabard Inn.
Artinis will be inspired by works of art from across the Corcoran Collection. As an example, the Gibson’s Jonathan Harris will create an artini inspired by Albert Bierstadt’s The Last of the Buffalo and Owen Thomson of Café Atlántico took inspiration from Frederic Remington’s bronze Off the Range (Coming Through the Rye) for his commissioned cocktail.
On Saturday, April 2 the Corcoran will host ARTINI 2011 from 8:30 p.m. until midnight. The event will offer each artini hand-poured by the guest mixologists, a beer and wine bar, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, dancing to music from DJ Neekola, and the opportunity to view the Corcoran Collection, including the artistic inspiration for each ―artini.‖
THE ART OF CRAFT COCKTAILS For the first time ever, ARTINI will honor a “Critics’ Choice” selection in addition to D.C.’s favorite “artini.” A panel of esteemed judges—including notable chefs, mixologists, food and spirits writers, and Corcoran curators—will enjoy a private tasting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 2 in order to select the Critics’ Choice winner. Purchase a VIP ticket to ARTINI and spend an intimate hour sampling artinis with the judges while learning craft cocktail tips from the mixologists. Each VIP guest will also receive a luxury gift bag with the recipes for all 12 of the competing artinis. VIP tickets for the event cost $125 for 1869 Society Members and $150 for Non-1869 Society Members.
All proceeds from ARTINI will support future exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. ARTINI co- chairs are Matthew Donohue and Barbara Merola. ARTINI is sponsored by Washingtonian, 42 Below Vodka, Bacardi Rock Coconut, Chambord Vodka, Cointreau, El Jimador, Gentleman Jack, Herradura, Mount Gay Rum, Remy Martin VSOP, Tuaca, ZU Vodka, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, and Main Event Caterers.