Good VodaSlovenian Vodka
In 2010 I discovered a way to bring Slovenia to the lips of all Americans. Working with a distiller located just north of Ljubljana and utilizing their century’s old “pot” still we created a vodka with the waters that flow from the Julian Alps and a whisper of Buckwheat at its core. Buckwheat being a heritage grain that grows wild in Slovenia and appears in many of this country’s culinary dishes was a natural addition to the fermentation mash. Its inclusion though small in amount is responsible for the uncommon smoothness of our pure spirit. Borrowing from my culinary background I compare the use of buckwheat in our vodka to the pinch of saffron in my bouillabaisse, as a little bit goes a long way.
After assembling a superlative team of founders we traveled constantly back and forth to Slovenia in an effort to perfect a “recipe” for a unique vodka that would reflect the purity and passion of this under discovered country. Using select members of our restaurants’ clientele as an informal tasting panel, we accomplished the mission in the spring of 2012 and SLOVENIA VODKA was born.
The team then designed and created a unique bottle, square to resemble a frozen block of vodka, inspired by the finest Slovenian crystal and manufactured at the premier bottle manufacturer in Slovenia.
Two members of this informal tasting panel were so enthusiastic that they joined the SLOVENIA VODKA team as spokesmen. Celebrities Mikhail Baryshnikov and Bill Murray, both of whom are dear friends, and both well versed in the enjoyment of a great cocktail. Their participation brings a level of authenticity and serious fun to a category of spirits in need of both.
SLOVENIA VODKA – a consuming passion.
Drink responsibly – live admirably.
behind Slovenian Vodka
Chef Peter X
For three decades Chef Peter X. Kelly, driven by his passion, has set the standard for dining in New York State. Operating the most critically acclaimed restaurants in the Hudson Valley; Peter is an experienced, talented and successful entrepreneur. His Contemporary American Cuisine brings dining to a new level by providing his guests with exquisite food and superb service.
Born in Yonkers, New York, tenth in a line of twelve children, Peter began working in local restaurants at the age of 14. At 23, this self-taught chef opened Xaviar’s in Garrison and began his journey to success. Peter owns some of the most renowned and acclaimed restaurants in New York State, all located in the Hudson Valley, north of New York City. Xaviar’s at Piermont, The Freelance Cafe and Wine Bar, Restaurant X & The Bully Boy Bar, and X2O Xaviars on the Hudson have all received popular praise and the industry’s most coveted awards and accolades includingThe New York Times highest rating (Extraordinary), The Mobil Travel Guide Four Star Award, The Dirona Award, Restaurant News Dining Hall of Fame, Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence”, Zagat’s Survey (29 out of 30), NY State Restaurateur of The Year 1998.
Peter has been featured in numerous national publications including: New York Magazine, Esquire Magazine, Crain’s, USA Today, W Magazine, Food Arts, Gourmet Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine and Bon Appetit.
Peter has been invited to cook at The James Beard House, appeared on the Food Channel TV Network, as well as numerous appearances on CBS and NBC. Peter has also been nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef Northeast.
In 2007 Peter appeared on the Food Networks Iron Chef America and beat Bobby Flay in the Battle of the“Cowboy Rib Eye”; he also played host to Anthony Bourdain on his “No Reservations” program, introducing Tony to the beauty of the Hudson Valley.
Internationally acclaimed comedian Bill Murray first gained national attention in the USA with his Emmy Award winning performances on Saturday Night Live; and then went on to appear in some of the funniest and best-known films of all time. He received Best Actor Golden Globes for Ghostbusters and The Royal Tenenbaums as well as a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for Lost in Translation. He has appeared in dozens of films, including his recent release, Moonrise Kingdom, and his Golden Globe nominated performance as President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson released in December 2012.
Bill was the cover story in the January 2013 issue of GQ, in an article entitled, “That’s Right! Bill Freakin’ Murray, This Guy Could Be President.” It’s a sentiment shared by his fans worldwide. The internet has countless “Bill Murray Sightings” and “Bill Murray Stories” owing to his well deserved reputation for showing up in unexpected places, unannounced, with a tap on the shoulder, a “guess who,” and a quick “no one will ever believe you” before disappearing.
Mikhail Baryshnikov, a native of Riga, Latvia, began studying ballet at the age of nine. As a teenager he moved to Leningrad where he entered the Vaganova Choreographic School, graduating from student to principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet in 1969. In 1974, he left the Soviet Union to dance with major ballet companies around the world including the New York City Ballet where he worked with world-renowned choreographers including George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. In 1980 he began a 10-year tenure as Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre, nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers. From 1990 to 2002, Mr. Baryshnikov was director and dancer with the White Oak Dance Project, which he co-founded with choreographer Mark Morris. In 2005, he opened the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), a creative home for local and international artists to develop and present work. He has starred in several films, and has worked in television and on Broadway, earning Oscar and Tony nominations. Among Mr. Baryshnikov’s many awards are the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Honor, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award, and the 2012 Vilcek Award. In 2010 he was given the rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor.