Over 700 Guests Kick Off the Summer of ’14 with Creative Cocktails and Fantastic Food

It was smokin’ at the beautiful Riverview in Simsbury Thursday night for Faith’s Food Schmooze Martini Competition to benefit WNPR and CPTV.

The Food Schmooze team mixed it up with more than 700 revelers at the sold-out event. Ticket-holders sampled creative “martini cocktails” and voted, then noshed at stations serving knock-out food from many of Connecticut’s top restaurants.

“The dancing was hot, the light show was sizzlin, and setting an attendance record was thrilling,” says Faith, “yet mostly I’m struck by how talented our Connecticut bartenders are. They could enter and conceivably win at any international competition. We’re so grateful for their participation, and so proud of them.”

The Food Schmooze thanks those of you who attended the event — it was fantastic for us to meet you in person. We are beyond grateful to the restaurants, bartenders and staff who generously supported the knock-out party of the season. Riverview, you were at your best, and thanks a million. And tremendous gratitude to the entire team at WNPR and CPTV who did so much great work behind the scenes to make the event a roaring — and we mean roaring — success.

Faith, Chris Prosperi, Alex Province, Lori Mack and Jonathan McNicol can’t believe how many of you have become our “Food Schmooze pals.”

As always, our cocktail recipes, food recipes, value wines, tips, and lessons are on the Food Schmooze website: foodschmooze.org.

Winning Cocktails of 2014: 

Food Schmooze Gold: 
Plan B’s “Smokin with Chris”
Creators: Eric Williams and Jim Wishnoski

Food Schmooze Silver:

Quench Cafe’s “Night of Passion”
Creator: Rob Martini

Food Schmooze Bronze:
Max Burger’s “Blueberry Mo-Tini”