Getting Shaken & Stirred at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival
The 34th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival began on Tuesday, and we chose to kick the weeklong celebration off the same way we would any soirée -- with a few drinks.
Zach Fowle Scottsdale speakeasy Mabel's on Main played host to Shaken & Stirred, a celebration of crafty cocktails.
Not your simple liquor-plus-mixer drinks, mind you. There was a time when the cocktail was as essential to living as food, and was made with equal care. In its Culinary Festival debut, Shaken & Stirred worked to capture this bygone era of carefully crafted drinks.
Ably hosted by Scottsdale speakeasy Mabel's on Main, the event featured jazzy tunes, buffet-style edibles and a menu of four complicated cocktails. Like some cruel joke, the $40 entrance fee only got you three drink tickets, but the nearly 100 people packed into the shadowy space didn't seem to mind.
DJ Rani "g" mixed classic tunes alongside Shea Marshall on sax.
The drinks we tried: