The Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) and the Northern California Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) are kicking off the ~2011 FARMERS MARKET HAPPY HOUR SERIES~ at the Ferry Building on Wednesday February 23rd from 5:30pm-7:30pm. I’m a fan of these events, which highlight talented local bartenders doing their thing with fresh Ferry Plaza Farmers Market produce and ingredients. The February event’s theme is all about winter citrus, so expect to taste kumquats, pomelos, Meyer lemons, mandarins, and blood oranges.
Participating bartenders include: Brian McGregor from the soon-to-open Locanda (which means you are getting a sneak peek of the cocktails that will be there!), Kyle Ford from Rye, Stuart Green from Beretta, Kevin Deitrich from Burritt Room, Josh Perez from 15 Romolo, Michael Callaghan from Azul, Kristin Almy from Charanga, Patrick Brennan from Prospect, Brian Means from Chow in Danville, and Tiffany Kramer from Blackbird.
For $35, guests will get two full-sized signature cocktails made with Campari, one a twist on the classic Negroni, the other an original creation. (Both drinks will be made by the bartending team behind Locanda.) You also get to taste 10 sample-sized drinks made with winter produce in combination with 42 Below Vodka, Don Julio Tequila, FAIR Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin, King’s Ginger, Michael Collins Irish Whiskey, Siete Leguas Tequila, St. George Whiskey, Templeton Rye Whiskey, and VeeV Açaí Spirit.
And to keep you from keeling over, Locanda executive chef Anthony Strong will create two appetizers to accompany the full-sized drinks, giving guests a sneak-preview of the upcoming food as well. Other hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Fifth Floor, 15 Romolo, Beretta, and Il Cane Rosso. Buy your $35 ticket here. All proceeds benefit CUESA and the USBG equally.