Tucson Feeds Paris Cocktail Challenge

13 May Tucson Feeds Paris Cocktail Challenge


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Tucson Feeds Paris Cocktail Challenge at the Carriage House
To Feature Tucson’s Top Bartenders

 

Tucson, Ariz—With Tucson’s entry into the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in 2015 as the first US City of Gastronomy has come a wealth of publicity and awareness of the culinary history of the “Old Pueblo” around the world.  Recently, the city received an invitation from the US Commission to UNESCO to have its distinctive cuisine showcased at a special reception in honor of the Tucson City of Gastronomy at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France on June 29th  James Beard Award- winning Chef Janos Wilder will represent Tucson with special dishes and a cocktail that express Tucson’s culinary traditions to the attendees at the event sponsored by the US Commission to UNESCO.  The locally distilled, prize-winning Whiskey del Bac will also be served.

In planning the menu for the event, Chef Wilder was inspired to organize a cocktail challenge featuring local bartenders invited to create a special “Tucson” cocktail showcasing the flavors and ingredients of Tucson that will be served at the UNESCO reception.

Sponsored by the non profit Tucson City of Gastronomy and Wilder’s Carriage House, the challenge will take place on Thursday, June 1 at the Carriage House from 5-7pm.  Six bartenders (whose recipes have been selected by judges in the first round) will create a cocktail they feel best represents the flavors of Tucson.  Specific rules must be followed in creating their cocktail; Each must include 1.5-2 ounces of base spirit commonly available in Paris, have 4 additional ingredients maximum, and be served batched and ladled.  All other ingredients must come from a vetted list of local items (like chili peppers, cactus fruit, desert honey, etc.) as well as additional spirits (that can be obtained in France). The winning bartender by popular choice will receive a cash prize of $500 and the honor of having their recipe represent Tucson at the UNESCO event.

Bartenders may find the contest rules and instructions for submitting their recipes by May 22nd atcarriagehouse.com

The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite cocktail creation. Winners will be announced at the end of the evening.  Price per person in $25 and includes tastings and hors d’oeuvres.  Reservations can be made at carriagehouse.com  Winners will be announced at the end of the evening. Price per person is $25 and includes tastings and hors d’oeuvres.

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