Tucson: World Margarita Championship Winners

Tonight was the 7th Annual World Margarita Championship held at the beautiful Tucson Museum of Art courtyard. The temperate temperature gods were on their best behavior. This year – I – Karyn Zoldan – was a judge and I had so much fun! There were 8 judges divided into two teams so we each tasted and ranked different drinks and then the best of each team’s drinks competed for the judges prize. The key ingredient was tequila (Tequila Penasco Plato, Sauza Hornitas Silver, Patron Silver, Cabo Wabo, Peligroso Tequila and more) and the end result was a margarita made with
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Tucson: 7th Annual World Margarita Championship, Oct. 25

I’m thrilled that this year I am a judge! Previously I have enjoyed the festivities of mulling around sampling margaritas and delicious food while being part of a friendly crowd. Also, everyone votes on their favorites and the competition is fierce. If you have not enjoyed one of Tucson’s best events, be sure to order your tickets today. Don’t want to miss out. from the press release Tucson, Ariz—And the race is on!  Lots of tequila is being swirled, sipped and mixed by the 15 finalists all over Tucson (and in Sonora) as the day for the World Margarita Championship™
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Early Bird Tickets-2 Tucson Culinary Festival Events

Early Bird Tickets for 2 Tucson Culinary Festival Events You know you want to go and will go — take advantage of these early bird deals by June 20! $100 gets you into both events — now that’s a deal! TASTE OF TUCSON Saturday, October 5th, 6-9pm @ Plaza Palomino Enjoy the food and company of Tucson Originals Chefs along with samplings from an international array of wines, spirits, specialty cocktails and more. (Regular price: $75) WORLD MARGARITA CHAMPIONSHIP Friday, October 25th, 6-9pm @ Tucson Museum of Art The World Margarita Championship is an unforgettable evening of spirited cocktail competitions,
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Tucson: 7th Annual World Margarita Championship Winners

I was among the 850 people who judged. While I loved the layered San Carlos margarita, I chose Kingfisher Restaurant’s margarita that tasted of ginger & mint. Normally, I wouldn’t put those flavors together but it sort of reminded me of the very best icy ginger ale with a sprig of mint on the rocks. Of course, Kingfisher’s margarita was more complex with its memory lingering throughout the evening. My friend couldn’t stop raving about pomegranate margarita from Lodge on the Desert. That was my second favorite. from the press release Tucson, AZ –The 7th Annual World Margarita Championship™ which
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World Margarita Championship – October 26 – Tucson

Tucson: World Margarita Championship – October 26 If you appreciate tequila you won’t want to miss this exciting Tucson Culinary Festival event put on by the fabulous Tucson Originals. The World Margarita Championship™ ~ Friday, October 26 ~ 6-9pm ~ Tucson Museum of Art The event will feature exciting competitions between  Tucson’s most outstanding mixologists, each trying to best the other with their unique creations of Tucson’s favorite beverage  – the Margarita. In addition to tasting margaritas from each of the challengers, and delectable dishes specially created  for the event by Tucson Originals chefs,  guests will vote for their favorite
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Tucson Culinary Festival 2012: Wine! Reserve Tasting, Grand Tasting

This year the Tucson Culinary Festival is divided into two different weekends in October 6 and 26. I’m not sure why but maybe because they want to spread out the good times. Or maybe because they want to shake things up a bit. First on the agenda is the wine. You know who you are — you worship all things grape and a good bottle of wine (or a case) is always within reach. Then the wine tasting event is for you and your friends and there are options. The Reserve Tasting gives guests a rare opportunity to taste boutique
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2011 Tucson Culinary Festival – What’s New?

Tucson restaurant news from the press release The Tucson Originals are pleased to announce that the 9th Annual Tucson Culinary Festival will take place October 27 through 30, 2011.  The four day celebration of Tucson’s vibrant culinary scene kicks off with the World Margarita Championship on the patio at Maynards Market and Kitchen on Thursday, October 27h from 6-9 pm. As an added attraction this year, invitations to the competition have been extended to include mixologists from other “originals” groups in other cities, as well as independent restaurants (members of MTCVB’s Vamos a Tucson program) in Sonora, Mexico.  Tickets –
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Tucson Culinary Festival, Barbara Fairchild, Bon Appetit Magazine

Image of Tucson Originals Tucson restaurant news: This year the Tucson Culinary Festival happens October 28-31, 2010, with some of the same events but some new events or twists to add spice. This year, Barbara Fairchild, editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit Magazine, will be the first ever recipient of the Monica Flin Award… Here’s the press release in its full glory. Please read and consider attending, supporting Tucson’s vibrant independent restaurants scene, plus local vendors, visiting winemakers, and cookbook authors. Yum! Enjoy. Tucson, Ariz— The Tucson Culinary Foundation is pleased to announce that Barbara Fairchild, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit Magazine, will
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Tucson: the winner of the Copper Chef Challenge is…

Guests at the Blues, Brews and Barbecue Brunch on Sunday morning witnessed the showdown between last year’s champion Chef Jim “Murf” Murphy of Kingfisher/Bluefin and Jeff Fuld, Executive Chef/Owner of elle, wine country restaurant during the Copper Chef Challenge.   To begin, the secret ingredient was unveiled: tomatoes.  After 15 minutes to create the menu and one hour to prepare 4 different plates for each judge, Chef Jim Murphy was able to impress the judges enough to hold on to his title as Copper Chef.  Congratulations Murf!   Murf’s winning menu included:   Cedar plank shrimp over a micro-greens salad
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T.G.I. a Milagro Tequila Lunch in Tucson

Bad things happen and for some reason, this event which is part of the Tucson Culinary Festival was omitted from previous posts and the website says the Milagro tequila lunch is sold out. Is that a mercury retrograde glitch?The event is not sold out. You can still go but must reserve your tickets over the phone vs. buying them online. Here’s the skinny: Join Milagro Tequila’s Brand Ambassador Gaston Martinez and Maynards Market and Kitchen Executive Chef Addam Buzzalini for a fabulous tequila luncheon on Friday, October 2 beginning at noon to 2:30 p.m. Learn secrets of one of the
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