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Jazz on the Rocks: Winter Cocktails of the Farmers Market

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Jazz + Cocktails = A Shared Evolution

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing—or, in this case, a drink with a bit of a kick. Join CUESA, the local chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild, and SFJAZZ for a night of celebrating two truly American innovations: jazz and cocktails. We’re calling all you cool cats to dust off your soft-soled shoes and get your fingers ready to snap as we put the eight count back into the highball.

Through improvisation and musical inspiration, 13 of the Bay Area’s best bartenders will show us their chops using winter farmers market flavors to create some of the jazziest libations imaginable. Not to be outdone, seven chefs will follow their lead and lay down some tasty side notes.

Guests receive three full-sized signature cocktails and unlimited sample-sized drinks along with tickets for hors d’oeuvres in this walk-around tasting in the Ferry Building Grand Hall. A DJ will spin a cornucopia of jazz—from ragtime, to big band, bebop, and bossa nova—to match the flavors flowing around the room. Pick your favorite drink and vote to win prizes. We promise you won’t leave with the blues.

Proceeds from the night support CUESA’s educational initiatives and the USBG’s professional development programs.

 Winter Cocktails of the Farmers Market

Bartenders include:

Ian Adams, 15 Romolo
Mauricio Mo Arce, Monarch
Shirley Brooks, The European
Jake Cornell and Patrick Poelvoorde, Park Tavern
Tony Devencenzi, Diageo Ambassador
Helen Diaz, Tosca
Carla Gassner, Cotogna
Justin Goo, Alexander’s Steakhouse
Jessica Maria, Hotsy Totsy Club
Erick Ochoa, RX
Anthony Parks, The Coachman
Keli Rivers, The Devil’s Acre
Suzie Robinson, Novela
Tamir Ben Shalom and Adam Barr, Bull Valley Roadhouse
Vita Simone, Benjamin Cooper
Ali Tahsini, Double Standard

Full-size drinks feature:

Tequila Don Julio

Tasting-size drinks feature:

209 Gin
Ascendant Spirits
Angel’s Envy
Casamigos Reposado
Old Tom Gin
Papa’s Pilar
SipSmith Indepent Distillers: London Dry Gin
Spirit Works
St. George Spirits
Teeling Irish Whiskey

Chefs include:

Matthew Dolan, 25 Lusk
Josh Even, Tosca Cafe
Brent Johnson, STEM
Preeti Mistry, Juhu Beach Club
Michael Siegel, Shorty Goldstein’s 
Roberth Sundell, Plaj
David Williams, Bull Valley Roadhouse


Please note: Must be 21 years to attend. Tickets are nonrefundable but are transferable.


CUESA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to educate urban consumers about sustainable agriculture and to create links between urban dwellers and local farmers. We have managed the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market since 1999. We envision a healthy world nourished by environmentally sound, humane, economically viable, and socially just food systems. 

About the USBG

The USBG is the most skilled, knowledgeable, and professional association of bartenders in the industry, uniting dedicated professionals in service to the traditions of our trade. Our mission is to empower bartenders in their careers, foster collaboration between members, and connect with the communities we serve.


SFJAZZ is the world’s leading cultural institution devoted to jazz, Latin and global music, presenting over 300 performances each year at the new SFJAZZ Center in Hayes Valley and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. As the biggest jazz presenter, SFJAZZ serves over 200,000 fans and students every year and has several award-winning resident jazz ensembles, the SFJAZZ Collective and the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars.

Photos by Amanda Harris and Tory Putnam.


CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »