Ortega 120 in Redondo Beach, where you can order LA Weekly’s Best Classic Margarita of 2009, will also be the site for an inaugural “Toma Tequila” Mixology Contest. Amateurs will compete for the grand prize of a $250 gift certificate to the restaurant, an editorial feature in Mutineer Magazine and, of course, have their winning recipe on Ortega 120’s cocktail menu alongside Chef Thomas Ortega’s imaginative dishes.
No professionals allowed – only amateurs are eligible to compete. To enter, submit your best tequila-infused recipe. Judges will narrow it down to a final three, which will have been chosen on a set criteria: taste, creativity, visual presentation and mixology practicality. And you should be excited (or intimidated) to find out who the judges are, including Ortega 120’s Demi Stevens, Mutineer Magazine Editor-in-Chief Alan Kropf, Carole Dixon of FEAST LA, Hadley Tomicky of Grub Street LA and Josh Lurie of Food GPS. Selected finalists will compete live at the restaurant on the evening of May 3rd.
Other events going on at Ortega 120 for that week include:
Sunday, May 2 â€“ Sister Cities International Charity Fundraiser
Monday, May 3 â€“ Ortega 120 â€œToma Tequilaâ€ Mixology Competition Finals
Tuesday, May 4 â€“ Tequila University
Wednesday, May 5 â€“ Cinco de Mayo Grand Fiesta with folklorico dancers
May the best tequila cocktail win!
Finals: Monday, May 3rd, 2010
Submit to ortega120contest [dot] com.
1814 Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277