BOCA, Michter’s, Los Siete Misterios, Farmer’s, and MMI present: BAR TAKEOVER, 7 MIXOLOGISTS in 7 WEEKS. Extraordinary Dubai Mixologists Take Over BOCA’s Bar
After the success of the 7 CHEFS IN 7 WEEKS series hosted earlier this year, MICHELIN Green Star restaurant BOCA, and MMI are proud to present a new takeover schedule, this time featuring its DIFC favourite and much-loved bar.
Called 7 MIXOLOGISTS IN 7 WEEKS, in keeping with the previous series, the event features six of Dubai’s leading talents from The World’s 50 Best Bars, world-class resorts, and award-winning restaurants, in addition to a guest mixologist, a rising star from the world’s bar industry, all the way from Hong Kong.
Each week, and for one night only, a mixologist from this power list will present BOCA’s patrons with a cocktail list that showcases her journey and the culmination of her creativity. Guest mixologists will also honour BOCA’s long-standing contribution to local sourcing and waste reduction.
The event menu features a cocktail from BOCA and three cocktails from the guest mixologists for AED 45 each. A list of tapas, pinchos, and montaditos from BOCA will also be available during the event, and guests are encouraged to make a night of it and book for dinner.
This event is proudly sponsored by Michter’s, Los Siete Misterios, Farmer’s, and MMI.
MIXOLOGISTS & SCHEDULE
Aug 1 | Yvonne Chan, Argo, Four Seasons, Hong Kong. #28 World’s 50 Best Bars.
Aug 8 | Osmari Corredor, Mimi Kakushi, Dubai.
Aug 15 | Laura Duca, Atlantis Hotels & Resorts, Dubai.
Aug 29 | Iris Arely Ruano, Sushi Samba, Dubai.
Sep 12 | May Phattarasaya, Dubai.
Sep 19 | Nazgul Kazieva, Shanghai ME, Dubai.
Sep 26 | Sharfin Akter Auni, Dubai.
Mixologist takeovers will take place from August to September 2023
Each Mixologist will feature for one night: 7 weeks, 7 Mixologists
Bar takeover, 19:00 – 22:00
Each cocktail is priced at AED 45
Tapas, pinchos and montaditos from BOCA will be available during the event
Confirmed bookings are essential. Make a night of it and book a table for dinner.
Guests can book through 04-3231833, WhatsApp +971 52 160 7507, or email email@example.com, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook through /BOCADubai
MEET THE EXTRAORDINARY MIXOLOGISTS TAKING OVER BOCA’S BAR THIS SEASON
Rising Star of the World’s Bar Industry
ARGO, Four Seasons, Hong Kong
#28 World’s 50 Best Bar
August 1, 2023
Yvonne is making a name for herself in the global bar scene with her strong passion for gin, commitment to sustainability, and innovative cocktail creations. She began her career at Ori-Gin Bar and Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, where she learned the fundamentals of bartending. Her love of gin led her to The Old Man in Hong Kong, where she quickly rose to the position of head bartender. In 2019, she was named a Rising Star by both The Bar accolades Hong Kong & Macau and Time Out Hong Kong Bar Awards.
In June 2021, Yvonne joined ARGO as head bartender. In this role, she works closely with the team to create an innovative cocktail program that explores the impact of the environment on our dining and drinking experiences. Under her leadership, ARGO has risen to incredible heights, winning the third spot on the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars and the 28th spot on the list of the World’s 50 Best Bars in 2022. Yvonne is also an active participant in cocktail competitions, where she continues to hone her craft. She is also passionate about sharing her love of bartending with others, and she regularly travels the world to meet with fellow professionals and share ideas.
Yvonne is a true inspiration to the bar industry, and she is sure to continue to achieve great things in the years to come.
At BOCA, Yvonne will present a cocktail menu featuring local ingredients from Hong Kong
This is an event you won’t want to miss! So mark your calendars and join us for an evening of delicious food, innovative cocktails, and inspiring conversation with Yvonne Chan.
Click here to see Yvonne’s menu.
The Hospitality Queen
Mimi Kakushi, Dubai
August 8, 2023
Osmari is a true believer in the power of hospitality and in making a difference in people’s lives. She believes that every guest should feel like they are a friend, and she goes above and beyond to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. She is also a talented bartender, constantly innovating and creating new cocktails.
Osmari was born in Venezuela and grew up in Colombia, where she developed her love of bartending and hospitality. She has worked at some of the best bars in the world, including Alquimico in Cartagena (ranked #10 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list in 2022) and Mimi Kakushi in Dubai (ranked #58 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list in 2022).
At BOCA, Osmari will create a cocktail menu showing her passion for hospitality. Each cocktail will be custom-made for the takeover.
This is an event you won’t want to miss! So mark your calendars and join us for an evening of innovative cocktails, and unforgettable hospitality with Osmari.
The Alchemist of Cocktails
Atlantis Hotels & Resorts, Dubai
August 15, 2023
BOCA is proud to welcome back one of its former bar managers; Laura Duca, the Alchemist of Cocktails.
Laura is a Romanian bartender who has been living in Dubai for the past 12 years. She has worked in a variety of settings, from bustling restaurants to lively nightclubs to small, quaint taverns. What started out as a temporary job turned into a lifelong passion, and Laura has become one of the most respected bartenders in the city.
Laura is a continuous learner and is always looking for ways to improve her craft. She has competed in numerous cocktail competitions, representing Romania on several occasions. She is also a mentor to many young bartenders, sharing her knowledge and experience with them.
Laura believes that cocktails are more than just drinks. They are a form of art, a way to express oneself, and a way to tell stories. Each cocktail that she creates is a work of art, and each sip is an immersive experience.
Laura is a true alchemist, transforming simple ingredients into complex and delicious cocktails. She is a master of her craft, and she is sure to leave a lasting impact on the bar industry.
At BOCA, Laura a menu will feature cocktails inspired by different cultures and time periods, each with its own unique story to tell.
This is an event you won’t want to miss! So mark your calendars and join us for an evening of delicious cocktails, immersive experiences, and fascinating stories with Laura.
Iris is a passionate and devoted mixologist who has been working in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. She comes from a family of hospitality professionals, and she learned from a young age the importance of hard work and dedication. Iris started her career in Mexico, working as a receptionist, hostess, and waitress. But it wasn’t until she discovered the world of mixology that she found her true calling. She was fascinated by the different flavors and colors that mixologists could create, and she knew that she wanted to be a part of that world.
She moved to Dubai in 2017, and she has since built a successful career. She is known for her creativity and her attention to detail, and she is always looking for new ways to innovate. She is also a mentor to many young mixologists, sharing her knowledge and experience with them.
Iris is a true inspiration to others, and she is a role model for women in the hospitality industry. She is proof that, with passion and hard work, anything is possible.
Catch Iris in BOCA where she shares her experience and journey.
The Globetrotting Bartender
September 12, 2023
May is a globetrotting bartender who is passionate about her craft. She has worked in some of the most prestigious bars in the world, including Nammos, Robertos, Amazonico, and Amman Hotels. She has a philosophy of “traveling the world and basking in the sun” while wholeheartedly serving drinks.
May’s bartending journey has been a constant source of learning and growth. She is always eager to discover new ingredients and techniques, and she is always looking for ways to improve her skills. She is a true artist behind the bar, and she infuses each drink she creates with genuine passion and energy.
What truly sets the bar industry apart for May is the sense of family and care that permeates its essence. She has come to realize that the bar community is united by a strong bond, always looking out for one another. She has participated in numerous competitions throughout her career, and she credits her success to two essential elements: a supportive mentor and an exceptional support system.
To May, crafting cocktails is akin to creating works of art. Every drink is a canvas for her inspiration, and she strives to deliver an exceptional experience to her patrons with each pour and mix. She leaves a lasting impression on everyone she meets, and she is sure to continue to achieve great things in the years to come.
The menu will feature cocktails inspired by her travels around the world, as well as some of her own creations.
The Bar Manager Who’s Raising the Bar
Shanghai Me, Dubai
September 19, 2023
Nazgul Kazieva is a passionate and creative bar manager who is shaking up the bar industry with her innovative ideas and commitment to sustainability. With a strong background in bartending and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Nazgul is able to combine her expertise in both fields to create an unforgettable bar experience.
Nazgul’s commitment to sustainability is evident in her work at Shanghai Me Dubai. She has worked with the team to create an innovative cocktail program that explores the impact of the environment on our dining and drinking experiences. She is also a strong advocate for open-mindedness and diversity in the bar industry, and she is always looking for ways to foster strong relationships with fellow professionals worldwide.
Nazgul is a true inspiration to the bar industry, and she is sure to continue to achieve great things in the years to come. She is a shining example of how bartending can be a force for good in the world, and she is a role model for aspiring bar managers everywhere.
At BOCA, Nazgul will be creating a four-course menu that showcases her passion for cocktails and her commitment to sustainability. The menu will feature cocktails made with locally-sourced ingredients and sustainable practices, as well as some of Nazgul’s own creations.
Sharfin Akter Auni (Shaz)
The Maverick Mixologist
September 26, 2023
🍹✨ Shazz, a maverick mixologist, defied convention to follow her fervor for hospitality. Hailing from Bangladesh, she drew inspiration from the heartfelt warmth of hospitality imprinted on her since childhood.
Determined to master the art of bartending, Shazz embarked on a journey that led her to India, honing her craft. Eventually, she found her way to the prestigious Zuma Dubai, acclaimed as one of the World’s 50 Best Bars. Today, she stands as an adept mixologist renowned for her innovation and unwavering passion.
Shazz’s muse lies in diverse cultures, the tapestry of humanity, and an ardent appreciation for the arts, including music and gastronomy. At BOCA, she artfully blends these influences, crafting cocktails that delight both the palate and the eye.
BOCA, Dubai – SUSTAINABILITY AT HEART
Tucked away in the heart of Dubai’s financial district, BOCA is a Modern European restaurant influenced by Spanish cuisine and with a strong commitment to sustainability and local sourcing.
In addition to sourcing ingredients locally and supporting local farmers and fishermen, BOCA has stepped up efforts to reduce waste with the help of its own Waste Officer. The restaurant continuously audits kitchen and bar operations, refuses single use plastic from suppliers and to customers, oerates a demand-driven inventory, and prefers working with like-minded partners across the value chain. In its location in DIFC, Dubai, BOCA runs on 100% renewable energy and has just published its first carbon emissions report detailing its impact on the environment.
BOCA is a Dubai MICHELIN Guide Restaurant, a MICHELIN Green Star Recepient, and Gault&Millau 2023 UAE “Sustainable Kitchen of the Year”.
ABOUT MICHTERS WHISKY
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Michter’s celebrates an extraordinarily rich heritage that traces back to 1753, years before America’s Declaration of Independence.
Embracing a “cost-be-damned” approach, the Michter’s team spares no expense in its efforts to produce the greatest American whiskey possible. Tremendous attention is given to every step in the production process, including details like yeast selection; fermentation temperatures; distillation; wood selection and drying of staves; toasting and/or charring barrels; barreling proof; temperature and air flow conditions in the barrel rickhouse; identifying the peak of maturation for bottling; and filtration protocol.
Michter’s has received critical acclaim for its line of American whiskeys. Proclaimed “Best American Whiskey” by Food and Wine, “Spectacular” by Robert Parker, “Magnificent” by F. Paul Pacult, “Best of the Best” by Robb Report and “Distiller of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast. Michter’s has been recognized by connoisseurs as truly extraordinary.
ABOUT LOS SIETE MISTERIOS MEZCAL
Inspired by the passion, traditions, and culture of their native Mexico, brothers Julio and Eduardo Mestre founded Los Siete Misterios in 2010 with the goal of sharing authentic, super-premium mezcal.
Each expression is crafted by Oaxacan Maestros Mezcaleros using traditional techniques honed over generations and refined in a contemporary way. Beginning with the highest quality agave plants, Los Siete Misterios follows ancestral methods, including cooking in underground ovens, milling with wooden mallets, and often distilling with hand-made clay pots.
Los Siete Misterios’ range of artisanal and ancestral mezcals can be enjoyed neat or in cocktails to celebrate and honour Mexican heritage.
ABOUT FARMER’S GIN
Farmer’s small-batch gins have remarkably balanced flavor due to a unique selection of botanicals. Hailing from Idaho, Farmer’s Gins are made with USDA-certified organic wheat grown on the locally owned, non-GMO 1,000 Springs Mill Farm. Third-generation farmers Tim Cornie and Kurt Mason are regarded as pioneers in the local organic farming movement due to their focus on responsible and renewable methods. The grain is distilled and infused with botanicals at Distilled Resources Inc, the first certified organic distillery in the US, by Gray Ottley. This process results in a wonderful, clean gin.
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