Local Chattanooga Bar Provides A "Fun, Educational Competition" For Community Bartenders Out Of Work

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Mad Priest, an all-day cafe & bar in downtown Chattanooga, is bringing Chattanooga’s top bartenders together in a virtual challenge to test their knowledge of mixology, spirits and cocktail history for a chance to win big. “Who wants to be a Millionaire: Cocktail Edition” will be a virtual event this Saturday at 8 p.m. on Facebook Live and YouTube. 
 
Which three bartenders are going to be on the show? It’s up to the public to decide. Bartenders had a chance to submit an original cocktail recipe last week, and 10 of them have been selected for the next round. The public voting round starts Tuesday at 9 a.m. through Friday night at 7 p.m. 
 
The public can vote two ways:

1) go to Mad Priest and vote for their favorite by purchasing their featured cocktail to-go (70 percent of the score); or 

2) vote via a google form, one email address per day (30 percent of the score).

All cocktails to go will be available through The Mad Priest online ordering, and 50 percent of all tips go to the cash pool for Saturday.  
 
The live event will be traditional “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” style with 10 questions, increasing in difficulty. If a question is answered incorrectly, the contestant only walks away with previous tiered rewards (cash plus products, up to $1,000 per contestant). There will be three lifelines (50/50, Call-in one person, Ask Audience).  
 
The Mad Priest is still looking for sponsorships to make the cash prizes a reality. They want this competition to be worth local bartenders' time and to give them some income while they are out of work with the COVID-19 crisis. Sponsorship opportunities include a $250 sponsorship (cash or visa gift card), $500 sponsorship and various in-kind products or class sponsorship (so far they have CBA memberships and the CSS exam as prizes). All sponsors will be promoted via social media preceding the live event. During the event, there will be a 30-60 commercial for all sponsors promoting brand and product. 


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