Shaken, stirred, with a twist at Martini Madness
CARLO CAVALLO (left) of Meritage Martini Oyster Bar and Grille is always tough competition at Martini Madness.
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Martini Madness is on the move, with a new location at Ramekins Culinary School’s General’s Daughter restaurant. The event, set for Friday, Jan. 11, will otherwise be the same, with around a dozen Valley bartenders competing to make the best cocktail featuring an olive.
Part of the annual Olive Season of events, the night celebrates the many uses of the popular fruit. Martini mixers from Saddles Steakhouse, El Dorado Kitchen, Carneros Bistro, the Girl and the Fig, Proof’d, Meritage and Ramekins, will be serving. Prizes will be awarded for taste, creativity and best use of an olive. Live music and small bite appetizers will round out the evening event, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Guests can also purchase tickets to a three-course dinner at Ramekins’ General’s Daughter restaurant. The menu includes red wine-poached pear and chicory salad; bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with polenta, Swiss chard and carmelized onions; and pumpkin bread pudding with spiced caramel and whipped crème fraiche. Guests may also opt for VIP upgrade to join Ramekins mixologist Jeremy Sommier for a demonstration cocktail class to learn the art of the perfect martini.
Tickets for just the cocktail competition are $40, or $55 for VIP passes with the cocktail demonstrations. Dinner and event tickets are $92, or $105 with the VIP upgrade to include the demonstration.
For tickets, or more details, visit ramekins.com or call 933-0450.
The General’s Daughter is located at 400 W. Spain St., Sonoma.
To learn more about Sonoma Valley’s live Season, visit olivefestival.com.