Tomorrow, May 22, eight of Denver’s best food and cocktail restaurants will compete in the second annual Toques & ‘Tails. The event, presented by Culinary Connectors and held at Cassleman’s Bar & Venue (2620 Walnut St.) aims to celebrate and promote the combined culinary and beverage talent at local restaurants by featuring a team from the same restaurant. Tickets are still available ($45 GA, $75 VIP), visit the Toques & ‘Tails website to purchase.
This year’s competitors are:
|Old Major||Justin Brunson||Raquel Tully|
|TAG||Troy Guard||Gerard Collier|
|Central Bistro & Bar||Matt Selby||James Menkal|
|The Corner Office||Rich Byers||Ben Anderson|
|The Squeaky Bean||Theo Adley||Brian Smith|
|Ace Eat & Serve||Brandon Biederman||Ryan Layman|
|Lower48 Kitchen||Alex Figura||Brandon Brough|
|Session Kitchen||Scott Parker||Michael Cerretani|
From 7 – 9 p.m. (VIP starts at 6 p.m.) guests will have the opportunity to sample food and cocktail pairings from each of the participating restaurants and chat with Colorado ambassadors including editors from local publications, chefs, bartenders, and industry advocates. Then the judging will begin.
Each restaurant will be critiqued by a panel of out-of-state judges including Anu Apte, renowned bartender and owner of Rob Roy in Seattle and Tiffany Derry, chef and restaurant consultant (you may also recognize her from Top Chef and Spike TV’s Bar Rescue).
Two rounds of judging will take place. The first will be a compulsory round for bartenders in which they will be asked to make a classic recipe and cocktail respectively. The second round will be a food and beverage pairing during which the culinary team will be critiqued on one dish and one cocktail pairing.
The professional judges will determine winners in four different categories: Compulsory Cocktail, Best Dish, Best Cocktail, and Best Dish & Cocktail Pairing.
In addition to the professional judging awards, there will also be a People’s Choice Winner in three different categories: Best Dish, Best Cocktail, and Best Dish & Cocktail Pairing.
This year’s Toques & ‘Tails event benefits Share Our Strength, a non-profit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America.