Chef & Shaker Challenge with Dale DeGroff Show

Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 5:15 PM to 10:00 PM (LMT) More Information →

This spectacular evening begins with a VIP cocktail reception welcoming famed "King Cocktail" James-Beard Award winning, legendary mixologist, author and industry mentor, Dale DeGroff presenting stories and songs from legendary watering holes and his forty years behind the bar in "On The Town" presented by Gentleman Jack whiskey.

In the stunning theater at Scottish Rite Temple, DeGroff explores bar life in America, 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!

When the show is over, the doors to the majestic ballroom swing open to the Chef & Shaker Challenge sponsored by Edible Magazine and the Cocktails & Culture 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. Guest pick the winning combination for the Popular Vote, and a panel of celebrity judges will choose their winner. The Cocktails & Culture Festival awards $500 to each winning chef's favorite local charity. 20% of ticket sales goes to Cooking With Kids!

Also, Jill DeGroff will again donate an original painting of a Santa Fe scene to be live auctioned at the event. 100% of the auction proceeds go to the Helen David Relief Fund supporting bartenders battling breast cancer. (Last year, her painting raised $2000 for this great cause!)

Participating Chefs

Edgar Beas, Inn of the Anasazi paired with Hendrick's gin

Marc Quinones, MAS at Hotel Andaluz paired with Tito's Handmade Vodka (Chef & Shaker People's Choice 2016)

Joseph Wrede, Joseph's Culinary Pub paired with Jim Beam Black

John Sedlar, Eloisa paired with Bacardi 8

Renee Fox, Loyal Hound paired with Hangar One vodka


Fernando Flores, Jinja 

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 OM Liqueurs

Eduardo Rodriguez, Coyote Cafe & Cantina paired with Azunia tequila

David Gaspar de Alba, Artichoke Cafe paired with Taos Lightning Rye

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