Chef & Shaker Challenge


$85 … 20% of event ticket sales goes to Cooking With Kids


Dale DeGroff, King Cocktail. His VIP cocktail reception and show “On The Town” are sponsored by Jack Daniel’s whiskey.

This spectacular evening begins with Gentleman Jack whiskey’s VIP cocktail reception welcoming famed “King Cocktail” James-Beard Award winning, legendary industry mentor, Dale DeGroff to the stunning theater at the Scottish Rite Temple. Performing stories and songs from legendary watering holes and his forty years behind the bar in “On The Town,” DeGroff journeys from colonial times through Prohibition and into the present day, revealing the colorful history of the cocktail and the antics that drove this amazing phenomenon. Masterful story-telling, crafted cocktails from by-gone eras, and tunes from the Great American Songbook make for an unforgettable show!

Then, the doors to the majestic ballroom swing open to the Chef & Shaker Challenge sponsored by Edible Magazine and the NMCC liquor partners features some of our area’s best chefs pairing cocktails with their own spirited dishes, live music and one of the most smashing parties of the year. Guests pick the winning combination for the Popular Vote, and a panel of celebrity judges will choose the Judges’ Choice. The Cocktails & Culture Festival awards $500 to each winning chef’s favorite local charity. 20% of ticket sales goes to Cooking With Kids!

Beloved Saloon Artist Jill DeGroff is once again donating an original painting of a Santa Fe scene to be live auctioned at the event. 100% of those auction proceeds go to the Helen David Relief Fund supporting bartenders battling breast cancer. (Last year, her painting raised $2000!)





Participating Chefs

Edgar Beas, Inn of the Anasazi. Paired with Hendrick’s gin.
Marc Quinones, MAS at Hotel Andaluz (Chef & Shaker People’s Choice 2016). Paired with Tito’s vodka.
Joseph Wrede, Joseph’s Culinary Pub. Paired with Jim Beam Black whiskey.



John Sedlar, Eloisa. Paired with Bacardi 8 rum.


Fernando Flores, Jinja. Paired with Hangar One vodka.
James Caruso, La Boca / Taberna. Paired with Del Maguey Mezcal.


Mark Connell, State Capital Kitchen. Paired with Gentleman Jack whiskey.
Rocky Durham, Blue Heron at Sunrise Springs. Paired with Belvedere vodka and OM Liqueurs.


Eduardo Rodriguez, Coyote Cafe & Cantina. Paired with Azunia tequila.
David Gaspar de Alba, Artichoke Cafe. Paired with Taos Lightning Rye whiskey.
Renee Fox, Loyal Hound. Paired with Wheeler’s gin.

David Sellers, Street Food Institute. Paired with Barsol Pisco.