San Francisco knows its cocktails, so only in a cultural mecca such as this can one find a unique event like last night’s “Art of the Modern Drink” put on by CUESA and the San Francisco chapter of the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild.
Bartenders and chefs from about a dozen Bay Area restaurants came together to get inspired by the contemporary art of the SFMOMA, mixing up drinks and creating small bites that were Rothko-like and Calder-esque. Crowds swarmed in once the doors opened for the evening’s sold-out event on the mezzanine level of the picturesque Ferry Building, home of the popular farmers market that also served as inspiration for the cocktails (think lots of fresh citrus and berries).
My favorite bite of the night was a beautiful chicken liver bite from Galen Vasquez of The Square, and there were probably too many favorite cocktails for me to remember (i.e., got a bit tipsy and couldn’t take notes). While I wished the bites were bigger to offset all the liquor 😉 it still was a fun night to experience some of the city’s brightest culinary and mixology minds.
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