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Friday, July 2, 2010

CUESA Summer Cocktail Night an Excuse to Eat ― Er, Drink ― Your Veggies

Posted By on Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 4:04 PM

click to enlarge The Alembic's Daniel Hyatt. - CUESA/FLICKR
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  • The Alembic's Daniel Hyatt.
As children, many of us came to mistrust savory drinks as con jobs to make us ingest some hated vegetable.

To help us overcome our stereotypes, perhaps, CUESA and the United States Bartenders' Guild have challenged local bartenders to express the savory cocktail in new ways, using local summer bounty. If you tried the pea cocktail by Gather's Tina Marie Brandelli at CUESA's spring event, then you know the creativity will be both surprising and delicious.

At $33, it's an amazingly accessible event considering the quality and variety of goodies available to taste. Included in the price are to full-size signature cocktails made with Auchentoshan Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky and Russell's Reserve Small Batch Bourbon, and eight sample-size drinks with Blue Coat Gin, Combier Liqueur d'Orange, FAIR Vodka, Leblon Cachaça, Neisson Rhum Agricole Blanc, Tequila Fortaleza, Tres Agaves Tequila, VeeV Açaí Spirit, and Wild Geese Irish Whiskey. Scan the list of participating bartenders, and the restaurants doling out little bites, after the jump.

Participating bartenders and bars include:

• Kate Bolton, Wexler's

• Michael Callahan, Gitane

• Martin Cate, Smuggler's Cove

• Tony Devencenzi, Bourbon and Branch

• Kyle Ford, The Savoy Tivoli

• Rachel Ford, Cigar Bar

• Robert Gonzales, USBG Nor Cal ambassador

• Daniel Hyatt, the Alembic

• Greg Lindgren, Rye

• Shaher Misif, Cantina

• Ethan Terry, 15 Romolo

Hors d'oeuvres provided by chefs and restaurants:

• Katy Borzee, 15 Romolo

• Aaron Toensing, Bix

• Staffan Terje, Perbacco

• Antelmo Faria, Tacolicious

• Lauren Kiino, Plum

• Cristina Besher, Kika's Treats

• Carlo Espinas, Comstock Saloon

• Pierre Mange, The Plant Cafe Organic

All proceeds benefit nonprofits CUESA and the USBG, so you can feel good about getting your drink and snack on.

Farmers' Market Cocktail Night: Summer Savory

When: Weds., July 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: S.F. Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building (at Embarcadero)

Cost: $33; 21 and over only

Tickets available online via Eventbrite

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