2014 PUNCH KING FINALISTS
TEN OF THE FINEST U.S. BARTENDERS GO FOR THE GOLD...EN GLOVES IN DENVER AT THE 2ND ANNUAL PUNCH KINGS COMPETITION
COCHON 555 and Breckenridge Bourbon present the grand finale of COCHON 555’s Punch Kings Competition. The highly-spirited event is the culmination of the competitions that took place in ten cities across the U.S. throughout the year. The showdown will be held June 29, 2014 at The Curtis Hotel in Denver. The barkeeps will compete by preparing their award-winning recipes of boozy punch using Breckenridge Bourbon.
Over 50 bartenders competed in the Punch King’s Competition at COCHON 555 events throughout the year for the chance to represent their city in the finals. The 10 winning bartenders, listed below, will recreate their winning punch for a chance to win a 3-day trip to a Heritage BBQ festival in the city of their choice to feature their winning punch.
The 2014 Punch Kings competitors are James Menite of Crown Restaurant (NYC), Joshua Holliday of Khong River House (MIA), Paul Sanguinetti of Patina Group (L.A.), Michael Jack Pazdon of Goose & Gander (NORCAL), Justin Lloyd of Star Bar (DEN), Erin Goodman of Roofers Union (WDC), Sean Woods of Ribelle (BOS), Jennifer Fink of Fat Rice (CHI), Andrew Meltzer of 15 Romolo (SF) and Maria Polise of Ela (PHL).
“This will be the most notable punch-themed celebration to hit the country since prohibition was lifted in 1933!” says COCHON 555 founder Brady Lowe. “I’ve always wanted to host a national event that celebrates the barkeeps that keep the boom of the cocktail culture alive and vibrant. There’s nothing better than a fine punch made with a whole bottle of bourbon to complement the philosophy of whole animal utilization and the flavor packed benefits of eating heritage pork. And, who better to bring the Punch Kings Competition to life than our great friend Bryan Nolt, founder of Breckenridge Distillery!”
As host of the event, The Curtis Hotel led by Sage Restaurant Group will offer a special culinary experience. Guests will enjoy as four top chefs including Rich Byers of The Corner Office, Jeff Bolton of Katchina, Jason Brumm of Second Home and Jae Lee of The Curtis will prepare 500+ pounds of heritage pigs in a Cochon 555 format. Additionally, there will be 150+ pounds of Creekstone Farms Bone Marrowalongside the very anticipated release of "THE HOT BOX", a new pop up experience from Cochon 555 Founder, Brady Lowe. The food will stand tall against the Punch Kings experience.
Tickets: $55 general admission and $100 VIP
(early admission at 4pm, and premium access to limited experiences, food and spirits).
WHEN June 29, 2014
4pm - 8pm
WHERE The Curtis Hotel - Official Host & Hotel
1405 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202
Khong River House
Michael Jack Pazdon
Goose & Gander