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Grand Cocktail stirs public vote

August 4, 2014
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Woodford Reserve, founded in 2012, is the maker of “super-premium small batch bourbon.” Photo via fb.com

A cocktail-themed tease by Restaurant Week GR is starting on Tuesday.

Experience Grand Rapids is leading up to the annual food celebration with the Grand Cocktail People’s Choice competition for the Best Woodford Summer Cocktail and the Best Woodford Old Fashioned.

One of Restaurant Week’s sponsors is Woodford Reserve bourbon.

The public will be able to try the competing cocktails around town between Aug. 5-22 and vote for their favorites at RestaurantWeekGR.com. On Tuesday, there’s also an official judged competition with the cocktails.

Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week GR begins Aug. 13 and runs 12 days, with more than 60 restaurants offering the three-course menus for $28.

The year’s theme is “Perfect Pairings,” which encourages the restaurants to pair each course with wine, beer, coffee or spirits.

A dollar from each Restaurant Week meal sold will be donated to a scholarship fund at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Entries for Best Woodford Old Fashioned

Amore Trattoria Italiana: Blue Z Sno-Cone

Aryana at Crowne Plaza Hotel: Bitter Sweet Old-Fashioned

Bar Divani: Peachy Fashion

Blue Water Grill: Michigan Old Fashioned

Cork Wine & Grill: Calabria Old Fashioned

Fire Rock Grille: Woodford Cherry Old Fashioned

Fajita Republic Cantina: Nuevo Old Fashioned

Flat River Grill: Grapefruit Old Fashioned

Grand Rapids Brewing Company: Strawberry Old Fashioned

Green Restaurant: Purr… Old Fashioned

Kitchen 67: The Old Meets the New

Licari’s Sicilian Pizza Kitchen: Old Fashioned Infusion

Mangiamo!: Michigan Made Old Fashion

McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon: Rhuberry Old Fashioned

Osteria Rossa: The Archer

The Pearl Street Grill: The Woodsman

Red Jet Café: Red Jet Old Fashioned

Rockwell Republic: Delano

Rose’s: Michigan Sweet Old Fashioned

Spinnaker Restaurant & Lounge: Michigan Blueberry Old Fashioned

Stella’s Lounge: New Fancy

Tavern on the Square: The Tavern Old-Fashioned Deluxe

Terra GR: The Southern Belle

Tre Cugini: Signature Smoked Old-Fashioned

Entries for Best Woodford Summer Cocktail

Amore Trattoria Italiana: Italian Iced Tea

Aryana Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza: Woodford Reserve Paradise

Bar Divani: Bourbon Bunny

Blue Water Grill: Woodford Blood Orange Mint Julip

Bobarino’s at The BOB: Ginger Ruby

Cork Wine & Grille: Summer Pop

Cygnus 27: Woody’s Summer Punch

Fajita Republic: Woodford Margarita

FireRock Grille: Cherry Ginger Fizz

Grand Rapids Brewing Co.: Woodford Fruit Smash

Green Restaurant: Woodford Summer Tea

HopCat: Peaches & Pork

Judson’s Steakhouse & Gilly’s: Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

Licari’s Sicilian Pizza Kitchen: The Ginger Bee

McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon: Blambic Shrub Punch

The Melting Pot: Birty South Sangria

The Pearl Street Grill at Downtown Holiday Inn: Blueberry Sweet Tea

San Chez Bistro: Beer City Bourbon Ball

Six.one.Six & Mixology at JW Marriott: Cinnful

SpeakEZ Lounge: Positively 4th Street

Spinnaker Restaurant & Lounge: Woody Michigan Sangria

Stella’s Lounge: Kick in the Grass

Tavern on the Square

Terra GR: Summer Bourbon Brew

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