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Oyster Festival, Cocktail Competition Blend Fun at Mezzo Grille

By September 25, 2015Connecticut, Top News
Andres Soriano’s “Emerald City.”

Connecticut Distributors, Inc. (CDI) and Pernod Ricard sponsored the First Annual Middletown Oyster Festival and United States Bartenders Guild Connecticut (USBG CT) Cocktail Competition on August 9 at Mezzo’s Grille and Bar in Middletown. Joseph Aceto, Bar Manager at Mezzo’s Grill, said he hopes this will become a yearly event and plans to design it as a block party next year. Shel Bourdon, Plymouth Gin and Beefeater East Coast Brand Ambassador, attended the event to showcase the gins. Bourdon, alongside, Aceto and George “Hutch” Hutchinson, the Northeast Venture Sales Manager of Pernod Ricard, served as judges for the competition and awarded Dimitrios Zahariadis first place for his craft cocktail “Garden Party.” Mark DeBlois was named the crowd favorite cocktail with “Friars Southside Fizz.” All competitors were USBG CT members.

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