Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar to Host Fundraising Competition to Benefit CORE

Photo courtesy of Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

From our friends at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar...

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar and The Cocktail Nation Will Host First Annual Mixology Match on Tuesday, September 12th

Proceeds from this inaugural event benefit CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees), a national 501(c)3 charity whose mission is to grant support to children of food and beverage service families navigating life-altering circumstances

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar & The Cocktail Nation will host a fundraising cocktail competition to benefit CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees) on Tuesday, September 12th from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. This is the restaurant’s first fundraiser for this non-profit organization whose mission is to grant support to children of food and beverage service families navigating life-altering circumstances. Barry Gutin, principal and co-founder of GuestCounts Hospitality, LLC, which owns and operates Cuba Libre, serves on the board of directors for CORE so it is a cause close to his heart. 

On this special evening, eight of the city’s leading mixologists will create a cocktail using one specific brand of rum from one of the following categories: white, añejo, spiced, flavored, 100% sugar cane, or dark. These libations will then be sampled by an expert panel of judges to include award-winning Mixologist Todd Thrasher and Wine, Spirits & Lifestyle Writer Kelly Magyarics. Attendees of the event will also have an opportunity to cast their vote after sampling each of the competing cocktails. Three prizes will be awarded: $400 for the grand prize and $200 for runner-up (selected by the judges) and $200 for the popular vote. The grand-prize winner will also be featured in the national publication in the Mix and NIGHTCLUB & BAR MEDIA GROUP, along with a trophy and bragging rights.

Tickets are priced at $40 per person, which includes unlimited samples of the eight competing cocktails along with three food stations, passed canapés and non-alcoholic beverages provided by Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar. Signature dishes to be served include Mamá Amelia's Empanadas, Arroz con Pollo, Frituras de Maiz con Cangrejo, Croquetas de Pollo, Spinach & Manchego Buñuelos, Albóndigas Cubanas, Octopus a La Parilla, Tres Leches Roto and Cuban Flan. Summer cocktail attire is encouraged for all guests.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 12th from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

WHERE: Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar is located at 801 9th Street, NW, Ste. A, Washington, DC 20001; Phone (202) 408-1600. For additional information, please visit Tickets can be purchased online at

Children of Restaurant Employees, or CORE, is a 501(c)3 charitable organization funded by donations from individuals, food and beverage operators, suppliers and distributors, and special events. CORE grants support to children of food and beverage service families navigating life-altering circumstances. Since its inception in 2004, CORE has raised over $2M to help over 165 children from families across the industry and the country. For more information, or to nominate someone in need, please visit

About Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar:
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar opened in Philadelphia in 2000, Atlantic City in 2004, Orlando in 2009 and Washington DC in 2010 to much acclaim, giving guests a passport to Cuba's intriguing flavors and culture. The restaurant’s name, which translates to “a free Cuba,” signifies a hope for the future of the treasured island nation. Two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot’s menus feature tantalizing tastes that reflect Cuba’s culinary traditions, as well as the emerging modern cuisine he is experiencing during his continuing travels to Cuba. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is poised for expansion into other new markets. The restaurant is an affiliate of GuestCounts Hospitality which operates a diverse portfolio of restaurant, catering, and nightlife concepts in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Orlando and Washington, DC including, Brûlée Catering by Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix, and Gourmetro Catering. Principals Barry Gutin and Lawrence Cohen bring a unique combination of expertise to each of their projects and have been partners in the hospitality business since 1995. For more information about Cuba Libre, please visit For more information on GuestCounts Hospitality, please visit or call (215) 922-3200 x133.