Author - Sarah Tracy
Category - Food/Dining, Olive Season, Calendar
Posted - 01/04/2013 04:14pm
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Martini Madness | January 11, 2013
Doesn't the name just say it all?
Sonoma Valley is Wine Country, and so much more. Sonoma Valley is home to a spirited group of mixologists, bartenders, and even a chef or two who revel in creating a great mixed cocktail. No wine country event (that I can think of) demonstrates this more than the annual Olive Season
competition known as Martini Madness
Held this year at Ramekin's Culinary School
, Martini Madness challenges bartenders from Sonoma Valley restaurants, pubs and bars to create the best new martini. The only requirement? Whether it is white chocolate covered, a flambe, skewered, stuffed with cheese or in oil form, there be some sort of olive or olive product in the martini. Other than that, the sky is the limit.
Event goers sample each martini creation and vote for their favorite while enjoying music and food. New this year, VIP ticket holders can join Ramekin's Mixologist Jeremy Sommier for a demonstration cocktail class in all things Martini (limited to 30 people, so get your tickets soon!). And after the madness, well, you might just be in the mood to keep the fun going and join Ramekin's chefs for a three-course meal at their neighboring property, General's Daughter. For those who have attended a Martini Madness event in year's past, you can attest that this is a welcome addition as after several mini (though powerful) martini's. The mouth-watering menu is posted below; tickets for dinner must be reserved by January 9, 2013. Cheers!
January 11, 2013.
Event Only $40 - Purchase Tickets
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
VIP + Event Only $55 - Purchase Tickets
Event and Dinner $92 - Call To Purchase 707-933-0450
Dinner starts at 7:30 pm
VIP + Event + Dinner $105 - Call To Purchase 707-933-0450
VIP OPTION Join Ramekins Mixologist Jeremy Sommier for a demonstration cocktail class in all things Martini. Shaken or Stirred, Traditional or Modern, Jeremy will give you the tools you need to make a perfect martini from start to finish. Plus, gain early access to the main event. Limited to 30 people. $15
Red Wine Poached Pear and Chicory Salad with Candied Pecans and Point Reyes Blue Cheese
Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Polenta, Swiss Chard and Caramelized Onions
Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Spiced Caramel and Whipped Creme Fraiche
Photos (from the top)
1. Yours Truly (Sarah Tracy) and Tom Tracy enjoying 'A Seedy Martini,' photo by Chris Stewart, published in the San Francisco Chronicle
2. Olives being cooked by torch at the 2010 Martini Madness at Saddles Steakhouse Restaurant, Photo by Peter Berkley
3. Martini Madness winner, 'A True Irish Martini' by Murphy's Irish Pub getting a final dollop of cream