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Published on : Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The National Restaurant Association announced today Meaghan Montagano from Extra Fancy in Brooklyn, New York, as the 2015 Star of the Bar, a national cocktail competition hosted by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and BAR (Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants) at the NRA Show. Montagano was crowned in front of a live audience at last night’s Restaurants Rock party at House of Blues Chicago, emceed by Geoffrey Zakarian, renowned chef and television personality. Judges for the event included acclaimed chef Maneet Chauhan, pioneering mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, and Eater Chicago Editor Daniel Gerzina. In addition to bragging rights for the year, she walks away with a $5,000 check.
Montagano won for her unconventional Banana Danza cocktail featuring Casamigos Anejo with banana du bresil, dry curacao, lemon juice and chocolate bitters. She garnished the cocktail with microplaned chocolate and nasturtium flowers and kept things green with biodegradable straws.
After six regional finals held in various cities across the country, Montagano was the New York finalist who was flown to Chicago to demonstrate her cocktail on the BAR show floor this weekend. Three mixologists were chosen by BAR guests to proceed to the final competition at Restaurants Rock, and Montagano went head to head with Elmer Mijanicanos of San Francisco’s Tony’s Pizza Neapolitana and Madison Burch of Atlanta’s Seven Lamps on Sunday night. Montagano shook up her “Banana Danza” cocktail with Casamigos Tequila in front of the judges and amongst a crowd of cocktail enthusiasts, ultimately winning her the Star of the Bar title.
To download photos of the event, visit here. Her Banana Danza cocktail recipe featured: 2 oz. Casamigos Anejo, 1 oz. banana du bresil, 3/4oz dry curacao, 1/2oz fresh lemon juice, 3 dashes chocolate bitters, and a garnish of microplaned chocolate and nasturtium flowers.
The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® is the largest annual gathering of restaurant, foodservice, and lodging professionals in the world. NRA Show 2015 will be held May 16-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago, and the 2015 BAR (Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants, formerly the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event), held in conjunction with NRA Show, will take place May 17-18. The events attract 65,000+ attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and showcase the latest products, services, innovative ideas, up-to-the-minute information about trends and issues, and growth opportunities.
Source:- National Restaurant Association