Naomi Langworthy won the "BARocker" tournament of skills on Friday inside the Hard Rock Cafe, Niagara Falls USA. She outpoured six other talented bartenders, and now advances to the next round in Washington, D.C.
Among the drinks Langworthy prepared was her own unique take on a bloody Mary. She creatively merged traditional items (vodka, tomato juice, spices, Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce) with celery salt, rosemary, carrot juice and a chicken wing and blue cheese topper.
Langworthy stressed Hard Rock is successful because the bartenders, and servers and other staffers, all work together as a team.
The judging panel included Susan Swiatkowski of The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls/Old Falls Street, Pat Proctor of Rainbow Air, Verity Schwab-Folan of Gray Line Tours, Carl Turner of Endeavor Health Services and Joshua Maloni of Niagara Frontier Publications. Each evaluator awarded points for flair, speed, precision, appearance and taste.
Naomi Langworthy and her signature drink.