A bar in Waconia has set a world record for the Largest Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, The Garage Bar and Bowl offered a build your own bloody mary bar that featured 219 garnishes and accoutrements for people to top their bloodies, setting the new world record for the Largest Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar, according to the World Record Academy (different from the Guinness Book of World Records).
The previous record-holder was the Silver Grille Cafe in Fort Collins, who in 2012 had a bloody mary bar with 45 garnishes.
"We spent so much time and effort planning this event, trying to keep everyone safe and navigating the challenges that arise – especially during a pandemic," The Garage owner Dan Madsen told BMTN. "The best, most enjoyable part of this event for us was seeing everyone having a great time. I think we are all struggling these days, socially and otherwise. Events like this might be what people really need right now; a sense of togetherness and community in a safe and controlled environment."
The Garage lined the garnishes on their 70-foot bar top, and also served the garnishes on two mobile carts, via food runners and mobile bloody mary stations, the World Record Academy said.
And people's creations were impressive, especially Bloody Mary Bloggers Bacon Fatte (Michele Eggert Phillips) and Bloody Good Bloodys (Renee Belanger), Madsen noted, saying "They are serious about what they do, and it shows in their bloody marys. I think they were close to needing a structural engineer for these."
More than 150 people attended the event, which took precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In fact, the event was originally going to be held on May 17, but the coronavirus pandemic and state-ordered business closures prompted them to push the event to October.
"The event went incredibly well. Our chef, Ryan Siverhus, and our team in the back of the house did an amazing job pulling our world record 219 garnishes and accoutrements together," Madesen said. "The food was fresh, and the garnish-ladened Bloody Marys were stacked to dizzying heights."
The Garage's world record attempted was verified the day of the event by Alissa Bergman, CPA, and local attorney Christopher Parrington, the World Record Academy said.