Bar Wars: Santa Fe Harvest Festival
Not so long long ago in a resort & casino not so far far away, twenty one of Santa Fe’s top (jedi?) bartenders went head to head in a cocktail competiton as a part of the Santa Fe Harvest Festival. Each bartender was required to create an original drink using Tequila Avion, and was provided a “pantry’ of various liqueurs, bitters, and a host of fresh fruit. Each one was judged by a panel of cocktail experts (including little ole me) on originality, use of ingredients, creativity, garnish and technical performace.
The first round competition was held at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino’s Club Warehuse last Sundaty, and the evening had many highlights as the bartenders showed off their talents. The top 8 bartenders will compete again this Sunday November 13 starting around 2pm at The Eldorado Hotel for a cash prize of $1000!
Here are the Finalists:
Alex Velez, Amavi
Sergio Perez, Luminaria at Inn of the Loretto
Veronica Rae Raffensperger, Eldorado Hotel
Forrest Wynn, Milagro 139
James Reis, Inn of the Anasazi
Melanie Liparulo, Sleeping Dog Tavern
Adrienne Miller, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Todd Walker, Secreto Lounge at Hotel St. Francis
Tony Fiorina, Milagro 139
Dana Luttrell, Tiny’s
Come out and support you favprite Santa Fe Bartenders! Tickets are acavilable from the Santa Fe Harvest Festival website.