As part of For the Love of Cocktails, we will be experiencing a new and exciting type of competition. The Food Truck Cocktail Wars brings together eight top mixologists & eight local chefs. Working with spirit sponsor, they will engage in a “no holds barred” cocktail & culinary celebration. Each team is tasked with creating the perfect pairing of cocktails & food for a delightful result.
One of the competing teams is comprised of Julian Luna from Vesper Bar and Chef Gina Marinelli from D.O.C.G. These veterans in the industry are no strangers to competitions. Speaking of the importance of a strong relationship between kitchen and bar, Chef Marinelli believes, “It’s a great opportunity to showcase the dynamics between the kitchen and the bar, and how a strong connection always results in a successful product.”
Chef Gina Marinelli
“I was the Beverage Director at Hops & Harvest and for the last 3 years I’ve worked for Vesper bar. I’ve seen how important guest service is and how crucial it is for the bar & kitchen to work together. I think our game plan is to learn about each other’s styles and finely play off of them. Of course, hospitality will be a huge focus. We need to make sure that we create a show with a warm and inviting atmosphere. I woudn’t call it a preview, but just know that everything that we do is meant to catch your eye and make you to think! Bartenders come from a long lineage of proud drinking culture; it’s only right that we lead the way in giving back to our wonderful community with this great charity event!
Article by: “TomTom” Kozlowski & Adam Rainsby