Scottsdale Culinary Festival Kicks Off with "Shaken and Stirred" Last Night in Scottsdale
Foodistas of Valley are likely to be wining and dining -- and cocktailing -- themselves crazy this week with the impressive lineup of events in store for the 2013 Scottsdale Culinary Festival.
Photos by Lauren Saria Cocktails galore at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival's "Shaken and Stirred" event
To kick off the annual celebration of all things edible (technically, the events started last month with the Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner, but the rest of the events didn't happen until this week), we headed out to Top Chef Brian Malarkey's Searsucker in Scottsdale for a good old fashioned cocktail party.
The festival billed Shaken and Stirred as a celebration of classic cocktails -- think Hemingway, Sinatra, and Don Draper's favorite drinks. We certainly enjoyed sipping on the night's offerings.
Lauren Saria The Berry 75
Four cocktails on the party menu included the Berry 75, a bubbly combination of Skyy vodka, lemon, and prosecco, as well as the Violeta, which contained Espolón blanco tequila, creme de violette, and pressed lime. Both drinks -- the former came in a champagne flute and the latter was tinted a light blue flavor -- were particularly popular with the ladies.
For the fans of a heavier drink the Barrel Aged Sazarac definitely delivered. Made with Wild Turkey Rye whiskey the classic cocktail came with a square chunk of ice and a shaving of lemon peel. Finally, the menu offered the Boulevardier, with Wild Turkey 81, carpano antica, and campari.