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Round 1 of Kawa Ni Cocktail Wars: Cream Cheese Floaters, Ancho Liquor, Sake Bombs + Walruses

25 Mar
Dimitrios Elias Zahariadis puts the finishing touches on his cocktail

Dimitrios Elias Zahariadis puts the finishing touches on his cocktail

The first ever Cocktail Wars stirred up some action yesterday at Kawa Ni. People began gathering around 5, pregaming with cocktails, good company, and plenty of good spirits (both kinds). The anticipation built up as Chefs Bill and Jeff Taibe and Beverage Manger Jeff Marron waited for the action to begin.
 
Pork rind nachos from Walrus + CarpenterThe contestants (listed below and in our Facebook slideshow) were off in the corner, trash talking and just catching up. During all of this, the staff at Kawa Ni brought out plenty of snacks and treats from Joe Farrell of Walrus + Carpenter. There was crispy edamame, pork rind nachos, hush puppies, chicken livers with toast, and fried olives, so plenty to snack on.

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Win 3 Pairs of Tix for Sold Out Kawa Ni Cocktail Wars

18 Mar
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Only six seats left and we’ve got ’em up for grabs! You know you want to!

UPDATE: Congrats to Airen, Alexis, and Ray for snagging 3 pairs of tix to the now completely sold out Kawa Ni Cocktail War Contest! While they were picked randomly, we both debated a long time on the judges spot. In the end, though, we decided to go with Andrea Viscuso.

A few days back we told all about a brand new series of cocktail competitions, hosted by Jeff Marron, the Beverage Manager at LeFarm, The Whelk, and Kawa Ni right in Westport. Each event will feature six talented bartenders and mixologists from across the state who need to work with a sponsored liquor and a secret ingredient that Mimi from Saugatuck Grain and Grape picks. Each event will have three celebrity judges, three food-loving judges, and 30 public judges. 

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Want to be a Judge for Kawa Ni Cocktail Wars? Enter now!

12 Mar

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UPDATE: Congrats to Airen, Alexis, and Ray for snagging 3 pairs of tix to the now completely sold out Kawa Ni Cocktail War Contest! While they were picked randomly, we both debated a long time on the judges spot. In the end, though, we decided to go with Andrea Viscuso.

While we often focus on the explosion of craft beer in Connecticut, there’s another segment of the food biz that has been growing by leaps and bounds: creative bar programs at restaurants. Over the last year or two the attention and care people have given to what they eat and the ingredients go into their food has spilled over to what they’re drinking and how it’s made. So, it’s no surprise to see the CT craft cocktail culture boom with plenty of great places to get masterfully mixed concoctions. For one, beverage Manager and Bartender Jeff Marron of Kawa Ni, LeFarm, and The Whelk, is incredibly excited about (and committed to) the cocktail culture in CT.

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