Grand Cocktail stirs public vote
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 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