SF Chefs. Food. Wine. SKYY Cocktail Competition Announces Finalists

24 07 2009

Six of the Bay Area’s finest bartenders made it through the qualifying round for the Skyy’s the Limit Cocktail Competition after their Campari cocktails beat out the competition.  Whether due to the versatility of Campari or the local talent of San Francisco’s finest, there was not a bad cocktail to be found in the mix — competition was fierce.  Judge and celebrated chef Joey Altman commented, “I have to say that even being a Campari drinker I was blown away by how versatile Campari was in the hands of these amazing bartenders! From Ginger to Black Berry, From Rye to Tequila, each drink was distinctive and delicious!”.  Other judges were Danny Ronen, creator of the BIT for Tasting Panel Magazine, and industry veteran Steven Oliver.  The judges enjoyed the competition so much that they each agreed to judge during the main event, Altman is also the entertainment for the SF Chefs. Food. Wine. Urban BBQ with his Back Burner Blues Band.

After sipping all the cocktails the judges came up with the top six who will compete live in the tent at SF Chefs. Food. Wine. August 6 and 7, 2009.  The two top mixologists chosen from these two judgings will go head to head on the final day of SF Chefs. Food. Wine. to receive the title of Best Cocktail of SF Chefs. Food. Wine. 2009.  Each of the rounds in the tent will include a secret ingredient to be unveiled live to the contestants, so the challenge is even greater.

Cocktails will really take center stage at SF Chefs. Food. Wine. at classes, the main tent and especially the Opening Reception featuring some of the greatest “Bar Stars” and the Saturday Night Urban BBQ on Union Square.  The concert will highlight nine of San Francisco’s best cocktail bars, all under one roof!  Sample from 15 Romolo, Bar Agricole, Bourbon and Branch, Cantina, Conduit, Elixir, NOPA, Rye and Smuggler’s Cove.   Get a taste of San Francisco spirit!  Straight, Stirred or Shaken!


SKYY Campari Cocktail Winners Moving on to the TENT at SF Chefs. Food. Wine.

Scott Baird (15 Romolo) for the Spaghetti Western

Joel Baker (Bourbon and Branch) for Lucia Bosé

Borys Saciuk for the Zapatista

Brandon Skaggs (Cortez Restaurant and Bar) for the Famer’s Crush

Carlo Splendorini (Gitane Restaurant and Bar) for The Black Ginger Dutchman

Nick Varacalli for Oscar’s O.J.

 For complete recipes go to www.sfchefsfoodwine.com

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SF CHEFS. FOOD. WINE. is the premiere interactive urban food and wine weekend experience set in the epicenter of culinary innovation – celebrating notable chefs, vintners, culinary personalities, regional ingredients and Northern Californian flair. Union Square, August 6-9, 2009. More information can be found at http://www.sfchefsfoodwine.com.



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