CUESA | Evening Party: A Toast to Neighborhoods: Spring Cocktails of the Farmers Market

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A Toast to Neighborhoods: Spring Cocktails of the Farmers Market

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Tonight’s event is SOLD OUT! We will not have any tickets at the door. To find out about our next cocktail night, please sign up for our mailing list.

Sip Your Way Around the Bay

Spring has sprung, the days are getting longer, and you’ve got the itch to explore every inch of the Bay Area, right? Knock two dozen bars off your bucket list in one night when 30 bartenders and chefs gather at the Ferry Building to pay tribute to their respective ’hoods.

Join CUESA and the United States Bartenders Guild in toasting the many and varied neighborhoods that make up our beloved region at a night of creative cocktails and bites. From San Francisco’s Mission District to Oakland’s Uptown, the personalities of the drinks will be as diverse as the neighborhoods they celebrate, with spring farmers market produce providing the palette of flavors.

Guests receive three full-sized signature cocktails featuring Don Q Anejo Rum, Woodford Reserve, and Remy Cointreau and unlimited sample-size drinks, along with tickets for hors d’oeuvres in this walk-around tasting in the Ferry Building’s gorgeous Grand Hall. A DJ will spin the soundtrack of the Bay Area. Pick your favorite drink and vote to win prizes.

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

 Spring Cocktails of the Farmers Market

Bartenders and neighborhoods include:
The Castro:
Crystal Chase of Blackbird collaborating with Amar Dillon of Hecho

Richard Villa of Poquito collaborating with Christina Mae Henderson of
Dogpatch Saloon

Downtown Berkeley:
Nikki Kozlowski of East Bay Spice Company collaborating with Justin D’Olier  and Randy Mariani of Tupper and Reed

Jack Bates of Hard Water

The Haight:
Tim Hagney of Maven collaborating with Larry Piaskowy of Alembic

Hayes Valley/Civic Center:
Brian Nelson of Boxing Room collaborating with Alex Smith of Whitechapel

The Mission District:
Ben Jeffers of ABV collaborating with David Gallardo of Lolo

Trent Simpson of La Urbana

North Beach:
Andrew Meltzer of 15 Romolo collaborating with Apirada Nititham of Devil’s Acre

Kinson Lau of Woodbury

The Tenderloin:
Vincent Toscano of Rye collaborating with Kevin Diedrich of BDK

Union Square:
Maritza Rocha-Alvarez of Bartlett Hall collaborating with Mo Hodges of Benjamin Cooper

Uptown Oakland:
David Kwon of Drexl

Chefs and restaurants include:

Michelle Matthews, 15 Romolo
Kendra Kolling, The Farmer’s Wife
Scott Peterson, Fine & Rare
Shauna DesVoignes, Knead Patisserie

Jorge Martinez Lillard, Lolo
Chris Seyersdahl and Richie Wilim, Precita Park Cafe
Simi Dhillon, Raj & Singh
John Fink, The Whole Beast

Presenting spirits include: Don Q Anejo Rum, Woodford Reserve, and The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

Tasting spirits include: 209 Gin, American Star Ghost Chili Vodka, Angel’s Envy, Carpano Bianco, Mezcal Amaras from Anchor Distilling, Papa’s Pilar Rum, Spirit Works Vodka, St. George Spirits’ California Citrus Vodka, Sipsmith London Dry Gin

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.

Photos by Amanda Harris.



CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Learn More »