Battle of the best: Cocktail Wars

Are you over turkey and cranberry sauce?  Done with wine pairings?  Well, Dishcrawl is at it again!  Bringing cocktail deliciosuness everywhere!  This season, they are launching Cocktail Wars, where North American mixologists from all over the country compete for the best, most creative, most delicious cocktails in 11 cities.

Here in the Bay Area, the first battle will be in San Jose on December 10th, which is co-hosted by Sacramento’s own Andrew Calisterio, current frontman at Maven San Francisco.

At the show, you can sit back and watch the panel of celebrity judges and hear the inspiration behind the drink while you sip some of the contenders.

But wait!  In January, to beat those mid-winter blues, you can also join the battle in San Francisco!  Stay tuned for more on that soon.

If you like a good, creative, inspired cocktail as much as I do – be sure not to miss it!  I’ll be there voting!

For tickets and more information please see Cocktail Wars!  Packages including tasting menus are available starting at $29.

Cheers!

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Battledish: 2013

Have you heard of Dishcrawl?  It’s a craze that’s sweeping the nation, where like-minded foodies get together on a themed “dish” crawl.  Much like the traditionally bar crawl, each Dishcrawl stops at several locations; typically themed around a food or a neighborhood, it’s an amazingly fun way to meet new people, discover new restaurants, and enjoy some really awesome grub. Now, Dishcrawl has launched a new event to focus on the food truck craze!

Battledish will be hosting events all over the country, including Seattle, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C.  Lucky us, the first event will take place here in the Bay Area – at San Mateo’s Bay Meadows Expo Center!

As in most metro areas, food truck culture is huge here.  From Off the Grid here in San Francisco, to lunch time random truck-ness, there is nary a time when a delectable food truck isn’t a stone’s throw away.  This makes my taste buds very very happy! On October 5th, Battledish is sure to be an entertaining afternoon, with food truck chefs competing for the best dishes!  With 15 food trucks and 30 dishes, only one can win.  Featuring new concepts from your favorite food trucks, you can join in the fun and be a beta tester too!  Entry to the event is $10, and you can enhance your experience with one of the ticket packages that include food, beer, wine and spirits. Here’s a few of the trucks that will be featured at the event:

  • We Sushi – Lobster Taco, BBQ Albacore, Vegan Taco
  • Tia Maria – Beef Picadillo, Chicken Afritada, Fresh Vegetable Lumpia
  • Cluck It Up – Mini Mochiko Chicken Sliders, Won Ton Tacos with Honey Sriracha Chicken, Garlic Fries
  • Frozen Kuhsterd – Mini Dynamo Donut Sandwich, Napa Style Sundae, Boba Guys Sundae

There are fives titles to be won, including:  Most Delicious, Most Creative, Best Modern, Best Cocktail, Most Authentic. Stay tuned, because every week in preparation to the event, a new dish and truck will be revealed!
Now for the fun part.  Be your own judge!  The ticket packages below allow you to nibble your way through some, or all, of the tasty treats being offered, plus, beer!

  • Teaser Package: 6 Chef Dishes: $35 – Try six dishes with this package! (6 tickets valued at $5 each for food and/or drink). Includes Admission.
  • Gourmand: Chef Dishes with all 15 food truck chefs: $80 – Get your belly full by trying a full collection of dishes from all 15 chefs with this package! (15 tickets valued at $5 each for food) Includes Admission.
  • VIP: Dishes and Drinks at all 15 trucks, Beer Tasting, and swag bag: $100 – The VIP package includes 15 food dishes and 1 Beer Tasting, and swag bags.
  • Admission with Beer Tasting: $25 – This includes a drink wristband good for a 5-beer tasting as well as admission into the event.  (food packages sold separately)
  • Just added!  Wine Tasting Package sponsored by my friends at Uncorked Ventures!  For an additional $10 you can taste a flight of 5 wines.  Remember to use the promo code below!

What else could you ask for on a glorious late summer afternoon?  Yes here in Bay Area, it’s still summer.  Hey guess what?  I’ve been invited to be a judge!  Why is that so cool?  Well because I get to give YOU a super duper awesome discount!  Just enter “lusciouslushes” in the promo code for $10 off any package (or free entry).
See you there!