VANCOUVER — Botanist’s executive chef Hector Laguna and head bartender Jeff Savage will welcome Singapore’s award-winning cocktail bar Manhattan, which is currently ranked 33 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list, on Feb. 7 and 8 for a collaborative cocktail and culinary experience.
Chef Laguna will pair a six-course tasting menu with three Manhattan feature cocktails created by industry veteran and beverage director Rusty Cerven and bartender Chung Yahan, with just as many concocted by Savage.
On Feb. 9, the Manhattan team will head to Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Lobby Lounge & RawBar where they’ll partner with creative beverage director Grant Sceney to design a unique menu of signature Manhattan cocktails complemented by a list of new Lobby Lounge libations that act as a blend of both teams’ expertise and creativity.
This collaboration will kick off a series of in-residence guest chef and bartender partnerships at Fairmont Pacific Rim in 2023. The series aims to provide unrivaled, immersive experiences with world-renowned restaurants and bars to create memorable experiences for valued guests and the community. Other collaborations included New York City’s Katana Kitten; SAGA, led by acclaimed culinarian James Kent, and its counterpart cocktail bar, Overstory; and Mexico City’s Hanky Panky.
“We’ve always admired the incredible work from Rusty and the Manhattan team,” says Sceney. “It’s clear their dedication to the craft has paid off in leading them to become one of the world’s best bars. The entire Fairmont Pacific Rim family is excited to create and serve alongside them.”
“The Manhattan experience is one of great proficiency and ingenuity,” says Cerven. “By partnering with Fairmont Pacific Rim, we’re able to bring that warmth and expertise to the beautiful city of Vancouver. It’s a pleasure to show the community what the Singapore cocktail culture is all about.”