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CHARLESTON, S.C., April 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ultimate Spirits Challenge has awarded Charleston's own Dixie Black Pepper Vodka the 2018 Chairman's Trophy as the Top Flavored Vodka. The Ultimate Spirits challenge is the world's most prestigious and progressive global spirits and cocktail competition, with entries from 52 countries. Besting brands like Deep Eddy, Smirnoff and Absolut, Dixie Black Pepper Vodka's win highlights the Southeast's role as a leader in the global craft spirits movement. The victory is also another win for Charleston, recently named the number one city in the United States and the number two city in the world, by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

"We are delighted that Dixie Vodka has been named The Top Flavored Vodka as part of The Ultimate Spirits Challenge for 2018.  Dixie Vodka represents Charleston's exciting and vibrant culinary and spirits scene as a world class producer.  The rich culinary and spirits traditions of Charleston inspires creative partners like Dixie Vodka.  We are so proud of their success and happy that they are one of us," said Doug Warner, Director of Media Relations for the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Dixie Black Pepper Vodka received a category-leading 95 points from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge tasting panel, the Chairman's Trophy and recognition as a Great Value spirit. The prestigious, best-in-class awards further reinforce the Dixie Vodka's position as The South's Best Tasting Vodka.

Released in 2014, Dixie Black Pepper Vodka is six-times distilled from all-American non-GMO corn. The base spirit is then infused in two batches for a week each: one with Szechuan black peppercorns, another with serrano peppers. The infusions are blended, resulting in a gluten free, culinary-forward black pepper vodka worthy of the best cocktails, from the ultimate southern bloody mary to oyster shooters and mules.

"Dixie Black Pepper Vodka elevated the flavor profile of our signature Bloody Mary years ago. Since then our awards, sales and outstanding reviews have only continued to grow thanks in part to our ongoing partnership with Dixie Vodka," said Tyler Alford - Vice President of Operations, Tupelo Honey. 

For a Lowcountry twist on the ever-popular bloody mary, try a Dixie Chili Mary with 2 ounces Dixie Black Pepper Vodka, six ounces Charleston Mix Bloody Mary Mix, ¼ teaspoon chili oil and the juice of ¼ lemon:  shake hard and pour over ice in a high ball glass rimmed with celery salt and black pepper.

Dixie Black Pepper Vodka's win will serve to further the scope of Dixie Vodka's growing imprint on the national and southeastern craft food and beverage scene. Dixie Vodka can be found in premier restaurants and retailers throughout the southeast. Connect with Dixie on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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Charles Walter Shasky

1930 – 2018


It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that the Shasky family convey the news of Charlie Walter Shasky’s passing, Sunday April 1, 2018.

The beloved namesake, co-founder and past President of C.W. Shasky & Associates Ltd. will be sorely missed by so many whose lives he touched in his kind, constantly witty, and ever humanistic way.

Charlie was a true people person, and the consummate sales professional. Well into retirement, at industry events, customers, and clients alike would constantly seek out Charlie, for his warm discourse and the inevitable quip of the day.

Survived by his wife Mary, and their five Children, Charlie left an indelible mark on his beloved foodservice industry, and his spirit and character lives on with the company he and his family founded.

Friends will be received at Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main Street N. (Markham Road) Markham on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Parish, 5633 Hwy #7, Markham on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 12 p.m. Interment and reception to follow at Christ the King Cemetery. Detailed service information can be found at the link below.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of We Care or to the National Youth Orchestra Canada. Online condolences and donations may be made at the link below.


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Las Vegas – The 2018 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show brought together over 30,000 owners, operators, industry professionals and suppliers to the Las Vegas Convention Center during North America’s premier nightlife and bar industry convention, March 26 – 28. The 33rd annual convention schedule brought new concepts to the floor with the first ever eSports & Gaming Pavilion, product launches, keynote sessions, bootcamps, certification sessions and a series of educational workshops.

“The Nightclub & Bar Show offers industry professionals the opportunity to learn from one another, from their strengths, weaknesses, successes and failures,” said Thom Greco, chairman of the Nightclub & Bar Advisory Board. “Each year we work to create programming that provides new concepts and innovations that keep up with the ever-changing trends within our industry.”

On Tuesday, March 27, the expo floor opened with a star-studded red carpet and ribbon cutting ceremony with Chairman of the Las Vegas Host Committee, Oscar Goodman; pro BMX rider, Ricardo Laguna; celebrated chef, Brian Duffy; Jackyl lead singer, Jesse James Dupree; and “Vanderpump Rules” stars Tom Sandoval and Scheana Marie. The star of the morning was NFL Analyst and former Quarterback, Ron Jaworski, who served as the ribbon cutter for the 2018 convention.

This year’s educational lineup featured more than 70 conference sessions that introduced attendees to new and old concepts that would help to strengthen their brands, including a “Bring Us Your Challenges – Open Consulting,” “Sustainability in Cocktails,” “Wine in Bars: Why you Need it and How to Do It,” “Cannabis Beverage Trends,” “Understanding and Active Shooter” and “The Shift from Millennials to Gen Z.”

This year’s education series was highlighted by keynotes presentations from David Grutman, Ron “Jaws” Jaworski and the first-ever eSports, Streaming and Innovation panel, The Bar of Tomorrow.”  The keynote program identified business strategies used by the most influential minds in the industry and ways owners and operators can leverage new trends to breakthrough the mold and really success in the industry.

Offsite Trainings brought select attendees into a variety of venues where they learned first-hand from operators how to build a successful venue. This year, guests had the opportunity to explore Wynn Nightlife, OMNIA Nightclub and Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club. In addition, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits hosted a variety of mixology classes at their state-of-the-art facility.

To allow guests the opportunity to see Las Vegas’ famous venues in action, attendees mixed and mingled at exclusive networking and nightlife events featuring live entertainment top Las Vegas nightclubs and bars including Foxtail Pool at SLS Las Vegas, XS Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas, Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, OMNIA at Caesars Palace and Hyde Bellagio.

The 34th annual convention will return to Las Vegas March 25 – 27 and offers thousands of products spanning all facets of the industry: bar equipment, spirits, craft beer, alcohol-free beverages and mixers, furnishings, technology, food, venue equipment, glassware, décor, menu designs, social media, apparel, lighting and more. In addition, a series of educational workshops, keynote sessions, certifications, off-site trainings and networking events offered an interactive experience for both industry veterans and the next generation of influencers. For updates throughout the year, visit


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