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1930’s – Everything Tiki – The invention of Tiki Cocktail and Culture

February 27 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm EST

Join us as we explore the evolution of food trends that have defined the past 100 years, starting in the 1920s to today!

While tiki culture may have originated in New Zealand and Polynesia, its popularity in Western culture is linked with the opening of Don’s Beachcomber in Hollywood California in 1933. Tiki cocktails are most commonly associated with Polynesia; often incorporating island flavors like coconut, pineapple and tropical fruits, served in a fanciful glass with paper umbrellas and elaborate fruit garnishes.

Everything tiki and tropical-themed grew in popularity after World War II when American soldiers (who served in the South Pacific) returned with an appreciation for the region. As tiki bars sprang up around the U.S., they often used ceramic mugs depicting the faces of “Polynesian” statues, considered to be quite exotic at the time.

For this night only, we are thrilled to welcome Bartenders’ Society National Champion Benjamin Gauthier (@grizzlylibations) back to Ottawa for a special evening celebrating all things tiki. Ben has helmed the bar at countless cocktail forward establishments across the country. You may recognize him locally from his time at Riviera or more recently as BarChef at MilkyWay in Montreal, which has been heralded by International 50 Best Bars to Discover.

Time to bust out your best tiki inspired attire for an evening of exotic flavours, innovative libations and a deep dive into the fascinating world of everything tiki.

This is your exclusive invitation to witness a leading expert in action as Chef’s Paradise transforms into a tropical oasis where history, mixology and culinary delights all unite in perfect harmony!


CA Paradis/Chef’s Paradise
1314 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON K1S 3Y4 Canada
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