Cocktail Chemistry Challenge July 19 to support Homewood Science Center

  Homewood Science Center staffers Amy Eagle, left,
  and Kate Purvis unveil the ingredients required in 
  the Cocktail Chemistry Challenge, a battle of 
  mixologists that will serve as a fundraiser for 
  the science center.
(Photos by Eric Crump/
  H-F Chronicle)

Homewood Science Center (HSC) unveiled its plans for a summer fundraiser — this one for adults only — the Cocktail Chemistry Challenge on Thursday, July 19, at the center, 18022 Dixie Highway.

  Holly Kelsven, science center
  marketing and events
  coordinator, announces 
  the Cocktail Chemistry 
  Challenge and describes 
  how the competition will 


Holly Kelsven, HSC marketing and events coordinator, introduced the event at the village's Artisan Street Fair on Saturday, June 9, encouraging everyone who enjoys a good cocktail to come out for the special event.

"Most of you know us for our kids programming," she said. "Today, I'm here to talk to the adults."

She described the event, from 7 to 10 p.m., as "a bartending battle of some of your finest Homewood establishments in a head-to-head 'Iron Chef'-style bartending battle." 

"Iron Chef" is a popular 1990s timed cooking challenge pitting chefs against each other. The Cocktail Chemistry version will pit local mixologists. 

The establishments taking the challenge include The Copper Still, The Cottage on Dixie, Grape & Grain, La Voute Bar + Bistro and Lassen's Sports Bar & Grill.

Three local celebrity judges will assess the work of the five mixologists.

Kelsven noted that because the event was in support of the science center, science would be involved. 

"This challenge is also about chemistry," she said. "You have to have a STEAM component to your cocktail." STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

The mixologists will be required to use at least one ingredient from three categories: smoke; an herb of the family Lamiaceae of plants, which includes basil, mint, rosemary, marjoram and other herbs; and vodka, specifically vodka made by Tito's Handmade Vodka, the event sponsor.

Tickets for the event are $50 and will include cocktail tastings, an open bar, gourmet party bites and live music by Thing 3. HSC asks those who wish to attend to RSVP by July 10 at

HSC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Editor's note: The writer's spouse is a member of the Homewood Science Center board of directors.

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