Take Five Cafe + Big Brothers Announce Newest Mixologist Winner

We’re pleased to announce our newest Take Five Cafe Mixologist and winning drink, with our second annual partnership with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver.

See below for all the details from Big Brothers and stop by to enjoy a Vanilla Explosion starting December 1st…

This past September, Take Five Café joined Big Brothers at the Big and Little Picnic at Confederation Park. They brought dozens of delicious cupcakes, a tub of electric blue icing and endless gummies, candies and sprinkles for an amazing cupcake decorating station for the kids.

The purpose of their trip, however, was to collect entries from the Big and Little Brothers for The Take Five Café Mixologist Contest. Big and Little Brothers were challenged to create a delicious drink using ingredients from a list provided by the café. The winning drink would not only be featured in all Greater Vancouver Take Five Cafes, but the winning ‘Mixologists’ would also receive a $500 dollar give card to Best Buy!

Not surprisingly, the ballot box was bursting with inventive and crazy recipes. After much deliberation the entries were narrowed down to the top five and were put to a vote on Facebook for the winner. All top five recipes were a creative and delicious use of the ingredients, but there was one clear winner with a whopping 405 Likes for their drink on Facebook.

Congratulations to Little Brother Matt and Big Brother Kosi for creating the winning entry, the Vanilla Explosion Smoothie. The Vanilla Explosion Smoothie is a vanilla and white chocolate smoothie with a hint of pumpkin spice, topped with rich whipped cream. Matt described the process of creating the recipe as “just adding the things we like.”

Matt and Kosi were invited to the stunning new Take Five Café in Gastown to ‘mix up’ their winning creation. Matt was behind the counter mixing and pouring syrup like a pro. Take Five Café’s Co-Founder, Steve Punzo, was on hand to present Matt with his prize. Little Brother Matt looked as if he could burst with excitement as he received the $500 Gift Card to Best Buy. When asked if he knew what he would spend it on, Matt answered without hesitation, “an iPod5 and video games!”

Matt is one lucky kid, not just because he won this amazing prize, but because he has Kosi for a Big Brother. Kosi described the best thing about being a Big Brother as “getting to do stuff thati haven’t done in a long time and,” he added as he high-fived Matt with a huge smile “having a really great best friend!” Matt and Kosi have been matched for one and a half years now and have an amazing time together playing video games, go-karting, and embarking on all kinds of adventures.

The Vanilla Explosion Smoothie will be available at all Take Five Café locations across Greater Vancouver for the month of December. All proceeds from sales of the drink will go towards Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver’s mentoring programs for at-risk children in our community.

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