Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Kicks off Grand Cocktail Competition 2015 With “People’s Choice Voting” starting on Monday, July 6

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2015 is more than a month away, however the pre-event, the Grand Cocktail Competition featuring many of the restaurants participating in Restaurant Week GR is being launched on July 6 to get the public involved in cocktail tasting throughout the month of July.

Grand Cocktail Competition 2015 entries have been sent in from participating Restaurant Week GR restaurants. There are two categories in the competition that the public can vote on:

·      “Most Creative Woodford Reserve Julep”, and

·      “Most Creative Herradura Tequila Summer Cocktail”.

The public can try one or both of these Grand Cocktail Entries at 29 of the Restaurant Week GR restaurants from July 6 – August 4 by visiting the restaurants listed below. During the month long competition the public can discuss the competition on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #RWGR and cast their final votes for their favorites onRestaurantWeekGR.com/CocktailContest by August 4.

All restaurants and cocktail recipes in the competition will be featured on RestaurantWeekGR.com under “Cocktail Contest” starting July 6. The most votes gathered online by August 4 will decide the “People’s Choice” Grand Cocktail Competition winners in both categories.

Following the Grand Cocktail Competition, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2015 will begin on Wednesday, August 12 and will run for twelve days through Sunday, August 23 at 60 restaurants. Forty-two participating restaurants will serve creative three-course menus for $28. At 18 restaurants, 2 people can experience a 3-course menu for $28. All creative menus will feature foods and products grown locally, highlighting the summer harvest in West Michigan. The public is encouraged to “Taste the City” and try new restaurants that they have not experienced before, as well as, return to old favorites all around the city.

In the meantime from July 6 – through the beginning of August, people can visit the following restaurants to taste their Grand Cocktail entries, have an appetizer, and enjoy dinner while there.

 “Most Creative Woodford Reserve Julep” Cocktail entries and “Most Creative Herradura Tequila Summer Cocktail” entries that the public can try starting July 6 will be available at the following restaurants:

Amore Trattoria Italiana – 5080 Alpine Ave NW

Black Heron – 428 Bridge Street NW

CitySen Lounge – 83 Monroe Center St NW

Cork Wine & Grille – 5500 Cascade Road SE

Cygnus 27 – 187 Monroe Ave NW

Divani – 15 Ionia Ave SW

Fajita Republic Cantina – 2183 East Beltline Ave

FireRock Grille – 7177 Kalamazoo Ave Caledonia

Ganders – 4777 28th Street

Grand Rapids Brewing Company – 1 ionia Ave SW

Grand Woods Lounge – 77 Grandville Ave SW

Gravity Taphouse & Grille – 3210 Deposit Drive

HopCat – 25 Ionia Ave SW

Kitchen 67 – 1977 East Beltline Ave

Licari’s Sicilian Pizza Kitchen – 2869 Knapp Street NE

McFadden’s – 58 Ionia Ave SW

Olive’s – 2162 Wealthy Street SE

One Trick Pony – 136 East Fulton

Pearl Street Grill – 310 Pearl Street NW

Pietro’s – 2780 Birchcrest SE

Red’s on the River – 8 East Bridge Street Rockford

Rockwell Republic – 45 S. Division

Rush Creek Bistro – 624 Port Sheldon Grandville

Six.one.six – 235 Louis Street NW

SpeakEZ – 600 Monroe Ave NW

Stella’s Lounge – 53 Commerce Ave SW

Tavern on the Square – 100 Ionia Ave SW

Terra GR – 1420 Lake Drive SE

The Melting Pot – 2090 Celebration Drive Suite 130

The Grand Cocktail “People’s Choice” Competition kicks off July 6 at participating restaurants in order to allow the public to taste the cocktails over a month long period leading up to Restaurant Week GR. The public can vote for their cocktail favorites on RestaurantWeekGR.com. There will also be a judged competition with judges selecting 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in both categories. The judging will take place at an invitation-only event on August 5 at Gravity Taphouse and Grill.  Grand Prize (1st place) Winners of the Grand Cocktail 2015 competition will win a 2-day all expense paid trip for two to Woodford Reserve in Kentucky or $500 for the Herradura Tequila Competition. Winners of the People’s Choice Competition and the Judged Competition will be announced after the Grand Cocktail 2015 Judged Competition at Gravity on August 5.

The Grand Cocktail Competition is Underwritten by:

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2015 & Experience Grand Rapids.

Sponsors include:

 Woodford Reserve, Herradura Tequila, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits,

The Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, JW Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott,

MLive and Townsquare Media

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