Two Locals Make Tommy Bahama Rumologist Top 20

Phil Thompson (left) and Matthew Robold (right), finalists in Tommy Bahama's Rumologist contest.
Phil Thompson (left) and Matthew Robold (right), finalists in Tommy Bahama's Rumologist contest.

If you want to vote geographically in Tommy Bahama's search for their first ever Rumologist, a contest/publicity stunt that launched in late July, you have two local options among the 20 finalists: Matthew Robold of Orange, well known to local cocktail hounds as RumDood (@rumdood) and Phil Thompson, who has "10+ years of experience as a server and bartender" and "a passion for bartending and the 'Tommy Bahama' lifestyle."

The winner receives a $50,000 prize, a wardrobe of bad tiki shirts and a gig as a brand ambassador/cocktail inventor. You can read about the finalists, watch their 60-second videos and vote for your favorite via Facebook. The winner will be announced in October 2011.

[@elinashatkin / eshatkin@laweekly.com]


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