MONTREAL — Sorso Lounge in Airdrie, Alta. has won Mott’s Clamato Best Caesar in Town Competition. Sorso was chosen from among 255 participating Canadian restaurants and awarded a $25,000 cash prize.
Sorso Lounge’s managing partner, London Richard, submitted a video of himself making his Caesar inspired by Guatemalan Worry Dolls. The cocktail featured fermented black garlic, pineapple rum, mango nectar, coconut Worcestershire and Mott’s Clamato. His video was one of 10 shared on the Mott’s Clamato website where Canadians voted to help choose the grand-prize winner.
“Choosing one winner among the 10 finalists was so difficult, as each one was outstanding and deserving of the $25,000 grand prize,” says Kassandra Falvo, brand manager at Mott’s Clamato. “We were glad to have Canada’s support in making that decision.”
Instead of re-investing the money into the business, Sorso Lounge decided to give it back to the community that supported it throughout the pandemic. The restaurant team has already made donations to Airdrie’s health foundation, government-qualified service-dogs groups and covered vet bills for pet owners in need of financial assistance.
“The community was there for us when we needed them, so now it’s our turn to support them,” says Richard.
After announcing Sorso Lounge as the grand prize winner, Mott’s Clamato revealed the other finalist would each receive $10,000.
“We wanted to give back to the industry that made the Caesar, and after a challenging year, we couldn’t think of a better way than offering them some much-needed money to rejuvenate their businesses,” says Falvo. “We also donated $50,000 to the Bartender’s Benevolent Fund to individually support our country’s talented bartenders.”