The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association’s prestigious award recognizes the best of the best in wines, brews, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages around the world.
The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association’s (IFWTWA) Excellence Awards program recognizes the world’s finest culinary, travel and tourism industry professionals as experienced by the organization’s journalist members. Mi Suk Ahn, Bar Manager at BOKA Kitchen + Bar at Seattle’s lauded Hotel 1000, earned IFWTWA’s Beverage Excellence Award. Ms. Ahn not only assembles an exceptional wine list designed to pair with the seasonal cuisine of Chef Angie Roberts but is a master when it comes to designing and introducing new craft cocktails made with her own infusions that include many surprising culinary elements.
According to the IFWTWA member journalist who nominated Ms. Ahn for recognition: “Mi Suk is responsible for BOKA’s smart and sassy wine list, and for the wine pairings with daily menu items and at special events. In a recent trip to Seattle, our group enjoyed a beautiful dinner at BOKA. I don’t think I’ve met a more intuitive wine steward than Mi-Suk. While Chef Angie dazzled us with such delights as Columbia River Sturgeon and a delicate twist on fresh Strawberry Shortcake, we were blinded by the brilliant wine pairings Mi-Suk came up with. Her call on pairing an ’09 Heinz Eifel “Shine” Sav Blanc with the Warm Asparagus Salad was beyond brilliant, as was each wine with each course.”
The award nomination was carefully evaluated and recommended by IFWTWA’s Excellence Awards Committee and approved by IFWTWA’s Board of Directors.
“We are proud to give Mi Suk Ahn this award,” says Maralyn Hill, IFWTWA President. “She demonstrates the professional standards that represent the best in the wine and spirits industries. With her creativity and knowledge, Ms. Ahn and other professionals in her class set new expectations.”