we’ve been hearing about fanatic friday for a while now, so when our friends at FKS invited us to our first one, there was no way we were going to say no.
so in one corner, hans mixed up some tasty cocktails and refilled drinks all night.
we couldn’t decide which was more fun. having the drinks or looking at hans make them.
but he wasn’t just making drinks. while he poured his magic, he was giving us a step by step demonstration. an education in mixology.
and of course, he brought some volunteers up to practice what he was just preaching.
as it turned out, the crowd was full of quick learners who got it shaking in no time.
meanwhile, tapas were coming along on chef shelton’s side. he had a lot in store for us.
tasty little bites like this fried plantain with spinach and feta cheese that were as delicious…
as they were beautiful to look at.
lots of different little things to dip like fried breadfruit.
and lots of things to dip them in, like this tangy white fish sauce.
and this tangy pommecythere dip.
not to mention these conch fritters with this spicy sauce.
anyway, back on the cocktails side, it became apparent to the crowd why hans was giving all the instructions. there was a cocktail competition and guess who was one of the 3 judges? that’s right, this lovely lady in white.
oh yeah, i was also a judge. fun times.
so basically there were 4 contestants who were free to use whatever ingredients they wished to concoct their unique cocktail. the ladies went first.
then the guys stepped up to the plate.
the submissions were actually good. the winning submission (2nd from the right) tasted like something i would order at a bar. grapes and kiwi with vodka for the win. it was a fitting way to bring the evening to a close though. all in all, fanatic friday was a lot of fun. i’m sure this isn’t going to be my last.