Going Dutch with the Ketel One Society

Elements Kitchen & Martini Bar co-owners Catherine Pawelek and her husband, chef Jose Luis Pawelek, make plenty of room on their menu for global cuisine: Italian, Argentinian, Creole and Dutch live right along side American favorites and Asian-inspired dishes. Recently, Elements got to highlight its Dutch offerings when the restaurant (4950 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 100, 750-2991) hosted members of the Ketel One Society.

Las Vegas bartenders tapped to join the society participate in hands-on monthly seminars on mixology, style, glass blowing, classic cocktails and fitness. At Elements, they enjoyed a four-course lunch of traditional and not-so-traditional Dutch delights, courtesy of Catherine, who grew up in Holland before embarking on the life of travel that would influence her worldly palate.

Herring four ways and stroopwafel (caramel wafer sandwiches) made ideal mates for cocktails created by Cosmopolitan mixologist Chris Hopkins and “The Modern Mixologist,” Tony Abou-Ganim.

Headlining the event was, of course, Ketel One, which is always well represented on the Pawelek’s enormous menu of martini-style cocktails (451 at last count!), but the luncheon could only end on a traditional note—with the loud simultaneous “sluuurp” of the communal Dutch shot, kopstoot (little head butt). Society demands it.