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Midtown Cocktail Week kicks off today

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 - 2:27 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Sacramento’s about to say a collective “bottoms up,” as Midtown Cocktail Week officially kicks off today. We say “officially” because a couple of pre-event “pop ups” took place Tuesday night, including a tequila class at Zocalo with Julio Bermejo - the official U.S. tequila ambassador - and a karaoke-themed cocktail competition at Shady Lady.

Tonight’s main event is a cocktail competition dubbed “The Big Show” which runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at LowBrau. The competition started Aug. 12 at Shady Lady, where 20 bartenders showed off their best Genever gin cocktails and the top seven will compete in the final round tonight. Yours truly will serve on tonight’s judging panel, which includes Neyah White of Suntory whisky and Martin Cate, owner of San Francisco’s Smuggler’s Cove. A “people’s choice” pick will also be awared.

Other quick Midtown Cocktail Week picks include a Japanese-themed soiree on Thursday at Hook & Ladder and a seminar with David Wondrich, arguably the premiere author of spirits-related books and articles, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Citizen Hotel.

Stay tuned for a Midtown Cocktail Week competition wrap-up and more.


* Sacramento bartenders put their best glass forward during Midtown Cocktail Week

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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