Cocktail party goes for Mardi Gras spirit

The event serves a chance to network, too.

It’s a winter Cajun party with a Buckeye twist.

Leadership Clark County’s fourth annual Art of the Cocktail will bring the spirit of Mardi Gras to downtown Springfield, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Seasons Bistro and Grille, 28 S. Limestone St.

The event, sponsored by Baker Krizner Financial Planning, is a fundraiser to support Leadership Clark County’s programs. Tickets cost $65 apiece and limited to the first 120 registrants.

“The idea is to have people engaged in the community in a fun way and show what Leadership Clark County has to offer,” said Anna Plataniotis, event co-chair with Vincent Harshaw.

One of Art of the Cocktail’s highlights is a quartet of celebrity bartenders who offer their own signature drinks. This year’s bartenders and signatures include:

• Catie Stipe of Clark State Community College with Wild Thyme

• Paul Hiltz of Springfield Regional Medical Center with Paul’s Jolly Rancher

• Andy Barlow of Baker Krizner Financial Planning with In the Heat of the Moment

• Nancy Cavanaugh of Bundy Baking Solutions, formerly with Clark Schaefer Hackett, with Mardi Gras Pizzazz.

“Everybody brings their own personality to the competition,” said Plataniotis.

Each server will have different glasses for their signature drink, will dress for the occasion and compete for the most tips to earn a top bartender prize.

Also included in the ticket price are heavy hors d’oeuvres, a Cajun-style buffet and dessert and two hand-crafted cocktails, wine or beer. Additional drinks are available for $5 each.

Harshaw said, in addition to being a fun social event, Art of the Cocktail is also a strong networking opportunity, especially for young professionals beginning their careers.

The 24-year-old Wittenberg University graduate is a Leadership Clark County graduate and said having ties to other professionals has helped in his career. “This brings life to downtown and Springfield as a whole and shows a lot of support for our community,” Harshaw said.

Leadership Clark County provides educational services to current and future leaders to develop skills and roles in improving the community.

All tickets are presale; none will be sold at the door. For tickets, go online to http://leadershipclarkcounty.org/art-cocktail or pay by check at Leadership Clark County, Box 1565, Springfield, OH 45501.

Contact this contributing writer at bturner004@woh.rr.com.

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