Martinis go mad
The eighth annual Martini Madness moved to Ramekins Culinary School on Friday, where bartenders competed to make the best cocktail featuring anything olive, as part of the Season of the Olive festivities. Rebecca and Christian Chotkowski of Proof’d inject olive oil floaters atop their bourbon-based drinks. El Dorado Kitchen and bartender John Staley earned top honors for best overall cocktail and best use of an olive for a pear infused mix, which included an olive stuff with pear “caviar.” Carneros Bistro and Wine Bar took the prize for most creative with its creamy orange cocktail topped with hot chocolate meringue and garnished with a bacon-stuffed olive dipped in chocolate and dusted with edible gold. Winners were selected by attendees.