Area bartenders compete in the Grand Cocktail Competition to win the People’s Choice award and judged awards. Photo via fb.com
Bartenders from across the city are creating their most-imaginative drinks.
The Grand Cocktail Competition kicked off this past weekend at 29 area restaurants, as bartenders and mixologists are competing to win the People’s Choice award. The competition by Experience Grand Rapids runs through Aug. 4.
There are two categories this year: most-creative julep and most-creative summer cocktail.
The cocktails are to use Restaurant Week sponsors Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila.
Votes can be cast at RestaurantWeekGR.com , where all competing restaurants and their cocktail recipes can be found.
Winners of the competition will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education’s restaurant, The Heritage.
The winners will be announced at an invitation-only judged competition at Gravity on Aug. 5.
Judges will select first, second and third-place winners in both categories.
The julep winner will receive a two day expenses-paid trip for two to Woodford Reserve, and the Herradura winner will receive $500.
Jenna Arcidiacono and Mike Post, Amore Trattoria Italiana
Chris Lee Raab, Black Heron Kitchen and Bar
Emily Tuttle, CitySen at CityFlatsHotel
Steve Hulsebus, Cork Wine & Grille
Josh Hamelt, Cygnus 27
Chris Maxim, Divini
Sean Spencer, Fajita Republic Cantina
Melissa Dembny, FireRock Grille
Tatiana Lamarr, Ganders
Josh Hallwachs, Grand Rapids Brewing Co.
Michael Weinrich, Grand Woods Lounge
Dave Zick, HopCat
Aaron Vince, Kitchen 67
Tara VanderMolen, Licari’s Sicilian Pizza Kitchen
Kim VanAlstine, Olive’s
Julie Bonter, One Trick Pony
Richard Green, Pearl Street Grill
Laura Ringler, Pietros’s
Nicole Hunter, Reds on the River
Katelyn Schanz, Rockwell Republic
Chris Cathey, Rush Creek Bistro
Zac Williams, Six.one.six
Calin Skidmore, SpeakEZ
Kevin Stanley and Brandon Wilcox, Stella’s Lounge
Ryan Christian, Tavern on the Square
Kevin Nunn, Terra GR
Brian Lichterman, The Melting Pot