Don’t Leave Just Yet: Cocktail Competition after Taste of Abbot Kinney

I hope you bought your tickets for the First Annual Taste of Abbot Kinney taking place tomorrow (Sunday, October 11) – after all, the event is sold out of presale tickets but don’t despair. According to the website, a limited number of tickets will be available on Sunday.

But I’m planning on staying the evening, too. I’ll be sauntering back on over to Joe’s Restaurant to top off my tastes and personally witness “Raising the Bar: Battle of the Bartenders.” A collaboration between Joe Miller of Joe’s and John Sedler of Rivera, the competition will showcase the best mixologists from BOA, Church and State, Providence and Comme Ça in addition to the obvious (Joe’s and Rivera).

This will also be the first in a series of six-for-six hosted at each of the aforementioned restaurants – once per month. During the Mix-Off, bartenders will be required to mix three rounds of drinks:

• The “Classic Cocktail” Host bar will supply all traditional spirits and ingredients.
• “The Theme” – Utilizing the Spirit of the Evening, bartenders will create their choice of cocktail while using their own ingredients. Joe’s will be featuring Rum.
• “Free Style” – Bartenders will create a cocktail, using any trick or ingredient they come up with.

The actual competition is free to all attendees and you can buy any one of the creations made for $10 per cocktail. A bar menu of bites will also be made available for purchase to accompany your libation.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

6 – 9 PM

Joe’s Restaurant
1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291-3386
(310) 399-5811

@tasteofak