Energy drinks giant Red Bull selected Raleigh, North Carolina as one of the two exclusive markets for the launch of their new line of refreshing beverages called “ORGANICS — authentic organic refreshment captured and canned.” The other US city chosen was San Diego. The Raleigh crowd was most definitely thrilled to represent the east coast and did so to the fullest! The well-attended event took place at Whitaker & Atlantic, a new, hip event space located near Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Hummingbird, and The Loading Dock.

The event featured special Red Bull cocktails, inspired by its new ORGANICS line, BBQ from legendary pitmaster Sam Jones, and entertainment by local musicians.

ORGANICS by Red Bull do not contain artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, GMOs, or other artificial ingredients. The end result is four distinct, great tasting, and refreshing organic sodas made with ingredients from natural sources for your enjoyment: Simply Cola, Bitter Lemon, Ginger Ale, and Tonic Water.

The Cocktails

These new Red Bull cocktails weren’t mixed by just anyone! Johnny and Taneka, aka The Cocktail Bandits, were truly inspired by this new line and created several awesome cocktails for the eager crowd to sample. The Gentle Lady featured ORGANICS by Red Bull Tonic Water, St. Germaine Liquor, and simple syrup. It was sweet and refreshing!

Spice is Nice contained ORGANICS by Red Bull Cola, spiced rum, Kahlua, and simple syrup. It was very flavorful, but the cola is definitely sweeter than what I am used to.

My personal favorite of the evening was the Aperol Hits, which was made with ORGANICS by Red Bull Bitter Lemon, aperol, and orange juice. It was light, refreshing, and oh-so-pretty!

USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC DRINKS! ORGANICS by Red Bull are made with ingredients from natural sources and certified organic in accordance with the USDA National Organic Program, and come in four distinctive varieties. ORGANICS by Red Bull are refreshing beverages, not energy drinks. ORGANICS Simply Cola contains caffeine in amounts similar to other conventional cola beverages, while the other ORGANICS products are caffeine-free…

 

The BBQ

Sam Jones Whole Hog BBQ Restaurant is located in Winterville, NC. Sam’s family has been cooking up delicious NC BBQ for generations. It’s been lauded by U.S. presidents and featured in Southern Living and on The Food Network. I was honored to get a taste of it for the first time, and I have to admit that it was definitely some of the best BBQ I have had in awhile. The pig was smoked to perfection, and the BBQ had all of the crunchy bits in it. YUM!

Sam Jones Whole Hog BBQ provides catering services in Greenville, Wilmington, and Raleigh!

The Event Space

Whitaker & Atlantic is a recently opened event space located just outside of Downtown Raleigh, and it is GORGEOUS. Its high ceilings and gold accents definitely give the space a touch of class. The indoor/outdoor space is versatile, and perfect for weddings or corporate events. The windows provide natural light, but once darkness falls the sophisticated, cool lighting takes charge of the evening’s ambiance.  It offers onsite catering form PoshNosh, and both businesses are owned by innovative chef, Coleen Speaks.

Red Bull, The Cocktail Bandits, Sam Jones BBQ, and Whitaker & Atlantic sure do know how to throw one hell of a party! All of the drinks were delicious, and all of us at 919 Blog certainly appreciated The Cocktail Bandits for sharing their knowledge and passion for cocktails with us. We look forward to mixing our own cocktails with ORGANICS by Red Bull, and certainly hope that we get to attend more events at Whitaker & Atlantic. It’s definitely Raleigh’s hottest new event space and does not disappoint.

About Chef/Owner Coleen Speaks

Coleen Speaks’ sharp vision and fierce creativity have defined her culinary career, and are the hallmarks of PoshNosh Catering, which she opened in 2007. In 2017, Speaks expanded with a private event venue, Whitaker & Atlantic and adjacent neighborhood café and cocktail bar, Hummingbird.

” From Emeril Lagasse’s NOLA Restaurant in New Orleans to Enoteca Vin with Chef Ashley Christensen in Raleigh, Speaks sharpened her skills in the front and back of the house before launching her own catering company, PoshNosh Catering. As PoshNosh flourished, capturing the boutique catering market thanks to her commitment to local, seasonal sourcing and her overall restaurant-quality food, service, and style, she became the go-to caterer for everything from made-to-order ethnic street food like bibimbap to multi-coursed wine-paired dinners.

 

After a successful decade catering to Raleigh’s adventurous food connoisseurs, from musicians and artists to young Southern brides and corporate clients, Speaks vision for a large-scale, edgy, urban event space came to life at Whitaker & Atlantic. Well designed by Furnish Interiors and reDesign Build, with its own kitchen, permanent bar, access to the outdoor promenade, bridal suite, full audio-visual capabilities and ability to scale the space, Whitaker & Atlantic is the destination for events reflecting Raleigh’s progressive and creative style. (Whitaker & Atlantic seats 150 for dinner and 220 for cocktails.)

With the opening of Hummingbird, Speaks returned to her restaurant roots, offering her first restaurant and bar open to the public. Hummingbird, located next door to Whitaker & Atlantic, is an unfussy and intimate bar setting, uniquely open day and night, serving breakfast, lunch and small plates in the evenings.

Mornings offer full coffee service (and even boozy coffee cocktails) and ricotta fritters with jam; lunch and afternoon menus feature “Session” cocktails, a Vegetable Bahn Mi, Grilled Cheese, Po’ Boy and more. In the evenings, Hummingbird serves original and classic cocktails alongside Charbroiled Oysters, Pickled Shrimp, and Pate and more small plates and bar snacks.

PoshNosh Catering, Whitaker & Atlantic and Hummingbird are among a handful of makers, entrepreneurs, artisans, and retailers revitalizing Dock 1053 – originally built in 1955 for the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P Grocery) as a regional distribution facility – the Triangle’s largest warehouse, in this burgeoning extension of downtown Raleigh.

So what are your thoughts about the new Red Bull drinks? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at FB.com/919Blog and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Downtown Raleigh Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN