Natalie's Bartender Tom Laslavic wins title best bartender in Maine

By Camden Harbour Inn | Mar 01, 2012

For Immediate Release

March 1, 2012



Gillian Britt

gBritt PR, 207-775-2126

Natalie's Bartender Tom Laslavic from Natalie’s in Camden Wins Signature Event


PORTLAND, Maine – Bartender Tom Laslavic from Natalie’s, Camden Harbour Inn, Camden, earned top honor during last night’s  Signature Event at the Portland Harbor Hotel. The sold-out Maine Restaurant Week event, sponsored by MEMIC, Maine Beverage Company, Camden Harbour Inn, Moet Hennessy, Double Cross Vodka, Native Maine Produce and Cabot Cheese had twelve bartenders competing. Some of Maine finest top mixologist's from fine dining restaurants from towns including Portland, Freeport, Brunswick, Bath and Camden crafted unique and original creations for the Signature Event.


Laslavic’s drink, “Conundrum #1"  was inspired by Caradaramo Liquor an Italian herbal liquor (Amaro is the Italian word for bitter). The drink was made up of 10 Cane Rum, Grand Marnier and house made bing cherry bitters made from dried Amarone style cherries from Wisconsin, topped with a splash of Soda and garnished with brandied cherries from France.  All cocktails were judged by professional judges including  top mixologist John Myers, John Gertsen and Shannon Bryan (MaineTodayMedia). Winner of the people’s choice competition was Azure Café in Freeport with a basil mojito.


Laslavic won also the title best bartender in Maine in 2010 and was first runner up in 2011. Laslavic is the only bartender in Maine included in The American Cocktail Book, published in 2011 by IMBIBE magazine a national authority for cocktails, mixology and bartending. Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn was also awarded for serving the best martini in Maine by Downeast Magazine in 2011. Tom Laslavic currently coordinates the bar program at Natalie’s Restaurant at the Camden Harbour Inn.


“We are proud that Tom again created a winning cocktail, although not completely surprised he did.  His passion and knowledge are ingredients for perfection and our guests know by now that when you get a cocktail from Tom, you get something special” says Raymond Brunyanszki, co-owner Camden Harbour Inn. Brunyanszki continues: “ Like with our culinary presentation we work very hard to give our guests something special and unique, something you not necessarily could create at home. We are working with the best people in the industry and I am truly happy that they get the recognition they deserve “


Natalie’s will be serving the winning “Conundrum #1”” during Maine Restaurant Week Thursday March 1 through Saturday March 10 . The restaurant also offers a special 3-course menu (

For more information visit or contact Natalie’s restaurant at 207 236 7008

About Camden Harbour Inn and Natalie’s:

The nationally acclaimed Camden Harbour Inn consistently receives praise from publications such as Departures, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Yankee Magazine and Dispatches for its world-class service and amenities and unparalleled views. Awarded among “51 favorite splurges in the world” by Sherman’s Travel, the Inn attracts an upscale clientele who return often to experience one of New England’s most tranquil, inspired and treasured settings.

The Inn’s on-premise restaurant, Natalie’s, has been called the finest gourmet eatery in Maine and was awarded Best French Restaurant in New England by Executive Chef Geoffroy Deconinck was nominated by Food & Wine for People's Best New Chef Award 2011.

Natalie’s offers Modern French cuisine with an emphasis on Maine seafood. The Wine Spectator-honored wine list features more than 250 specialty wines. The restaurant serves a four course Lobster Tasting menu in the summer and fall, in addition to extensive a la carte offerings and a Chef’s Tasting menu.

The Inn and Natalie’s have both earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award and the Inn is a member of Condé Nast Johansens.





Comments (1)
Posted by: MARGARET CARLETON | Nov 14, 2012 11:59

He did not win the title of "Best Bartender In Maine." He was actualy awarded "Judge's Choice: Best Cocktail." His cocktail was chosen as the best entered in a tasting contest of signature drinks with a handful of other entrants. In the same competition, his drink lost out to a cocktail from Azure Cafe in the "People's Choice: Best Cocktail." To say that he won a title that wasn't even awarded is very misleading and factually inaccurate.

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