The California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) is holding a Mixology Contest at their upcoming ELEVATE Conference in Newport Beach.  NCADD-Sacramento Executive Director Barbara Thompson decided this was an opportunity to introduce the concept of Mocktails to a group whose membership regularly hosts large events for members and community gatherings.

The Conference is attended by hundreds of association executives, hotel and food service vendors, and business representatives from throughout California.  Enlightening these attendees on the importance of providing fun and tasty drinks that all can enjoy can only have a positive outcome.

Prior to the Conference, CalSAE selected three finalists that incorporated the most creativity based on the combined ingredients and the drink name – indicative of the conference location.  NCADD-Sacramento was very pleased to have their Mocktail entry – “Pink Dog on the Beach” , selected as a finalist!  Pink Dog was also a winner at the NCADD-Sacramento Mocktail contest held during the recent Holidays.

In addition to receiving publicity on the CalSAE website, the top three recipes will be whipped up at a reception on March 29th and all Conference attendees will have a chance to vote for their favorite drink.  The winner will receive a prize valued at $150 – an amount that could provide new toys and supplies for the NCADD-Sacramento Playcare Center, or one month of counseling services for a Sacramento family living with addiction!

Regardless of the contest outcome, the recovering community will be the winner because the attendees at this state conference will be made aware that providing an appealing, attractive non-alcoholic drink for their guests at public or private events is a positive service to offer.

We will let you know the outcome and encourage you to offer a Mocktail at your next event.  Visit NCADD-Sacramento Holiday Mocktail Contest webpage for some recipe suggestions.