Tequila Competition at Tales

Tales of the Cocktail is proud to announce the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) Milagro Tequila Competition at the 2010 Tales of the Cocktail, the premier cocktail and culinary festival that celebrates the history and culture of dining and drinking in New Orleans July 21– 25.

The USBG Milagro Tequila Margarita Competition at Tales of the Cocktail will be held at the Board of Trade on Friday, July 23, starting at 7:30 p.m. This year’s cocktail competition will have USBG chapter members from across the country shaking their way to victory, as 15 members compete against each other to represent their chapter with an original Margarita recipe.

“If this year’s competition is anything like the past, you can expect the unexpected … attendees will be delighted by the imagination and ingenuity of the competitors,” said Paul G. Tuennerman, executive director and CEO of Tales of the Cocktail.

This years judges include David Nepove, aka Mr. Mojito, vice president of USBG National; Mike Raven, managing editor of media partner In the Mix Magazine; and Daniel Schneeweiss, creative development chief and co-founder of Milagro Tequila.

Tickets are on sale now at the event website, www.TalesoftheCocktail.com.

This year’s finalists competing in New Orleans are:
Marcelo Nascimento of Lucky 13 Cocktail Catering, Austin, Texas; Daniel de Oliveira of Mercadito, Double A and Crimson Lounge in Chicago; Michael Martensen of Cedars Social, Dallas; Bryan Dayton of Frasca Food and Wine, Denver; Kyle Reutner of Thirty-Nine Hotel, Honolulu; Patricia Richards of Wynn Las Vegas & Encore, Las Vegas; Rhachel Shaw of Malo Cantina, Los Angeles; Gabriel Orta of the Florida Room, Miami; Mathias Simonis of the Velvet Hour and Soho 7, Milwaukee; Eric Molina of the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans; Abigail Gullo of Bar Celona Lounge, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Phoebe Esmon of Chick’s Café and Wine Bar, Philadelphia; Cassandra La Pietra of Roka Akor, Phoenix; Alex Smith of Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco; and M. Matt Obermark, Jr. of the Atomic Cowboy, St. Louis, Mo.


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