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Winner of Tucson Cocktail Challenge Represented in Paris

Winner of Tucson Cocktail Challenge Represented in Paris

Tucson to Paris

Fun event to choose the  Tucson UNESCO Paris-bound cocktail – keep reading…

With Tucson’s entry into the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in 2015 as the first US City of Gastronomy has come a wealth of publicity and awareness of the culinary history of the “Old Pueblo” around the world.  Recently, the city received an invitation from the US Commission to UNESCO to have its distinctive cuisine showcased at a special reception in honor of the Tucson City of Gastronomy at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France on June 28.

James Beard Award- winning Chef Janos Wilder will represent Tucson with special dishes and a cocktail that express Tucson’s culinary traditions to the attendees at the event sponsored by the US Commission to UNESCO.  The locally distilled, prize-winning Whiskey del Bac will also be served.

In planning the menu for the event, Chef Wilder was inspired to organize a cocktail challenge featuring local bartenders invited to create a special “Tucson” cocktail showcasing the flavors and ingredients of Tucson that will be served at the UNESCO reception.

 Sponsored by the non-profit Tucson City of Gastronomy and Wilder’s Carriage House, the challenge will take place on Thursday, June 1, at the Carriage House from 5-7pm.  Six bartenders (whose recipes have been selected by judges in the first round) will create a cocktail they feel best represents the flavors of Tucson.  The finals will allow ticket holders to vote on their favorite cocktail. The winning bartender by popular choice will receive a cash prize of $500 and the honor of having their recipe represent Tucson at the UNESCO event.

Bartenders may find the contest rules and instructions for submitting their recipes by May 22 at here . The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite cocktail creation. Winners will be announced at the end of the evening.  Price per person in $25 and includes tastings and hors d’oeuvres.  The Cocktail Challenge is limited to 125 guests so reserve your space now. 


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