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Bourbon Throwdown @ Branch Water Tavern

Houston Chowhounds

Monday, April 12, 2010 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

Bourbon Throwdown @ Branch Water Tavern

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Foodie Ticket Ended $40.00 $1.99
Industry Ticket Ended $40.00 $1.99
Comp ticket for Competitors, Judges, & Volunteers
For use only with discount code.
Ended $40.00 $1.99

Event Details

Celebrate one of America's native spirits and watch Houston's top chefs and mixologists from Houston and Austin battle it out to be named Houston Chowhounds Makers Mark Bourbon Throwdown winner!


The chef line-up:
1.  Bryan Caswell - Executive Chef/Partner of REEF, Little Big's, & Stella Sola
2.  Mark Cox - Executive Chef/Owner of Mark's
3.  David Grossman - Executive Chef/Partner of Branch Water Tavern
4.  Mark Holley - Executive Chef of Pesce
5.  Rebecca Masson - Independent Pastry Chef ('Shroom Throwdown winner)
6.  Monica Pope - Executive Chef/Owner of T'afia & Beaver's


The bartender line-up:
1.  Adam Bryan - Eastside Showroom (Austin, TX)

2.  Bill Norris - Fino (Austin, TX)
3.  Claire Sprouse - Beaver's
4.  Matt Tanner - Anvil Bar & Refuge
5.  Ryan Rouse - Branch Water Tavern
6.  Anthony Montz - Hearsay Gastro Lounge


The panel of judges:
1.  Bear Dalton - Spec's Wine Manager, My Table Magazine's Wine & Spirits editor, Wine educator
2.  Hailey Harris - Makers Mark Houston representative
3.  Katharine Shilcutt - Houston Press Web editor and food writer
4.  Robb Walsh- food writer, former food critic of Houston Press
5.  Barry Maiden - executive chef/owner of Hungry Mother in Boston

Eat.  Food for the patron buffet will provided by our six competing chefs and our host, Branch Water Tavern.  Competing chefs will be bringing buffet-friendly versions of their bourbon dishes for the audience.

Drink. Enjoy complimentary Makers Mark bourbon cocktails all night created by our six competing bartenders. Full cash bar will also be available for beer, wine, and other cocktails.  


Many thanks to our sponsors:

Makers Mark

Hotel Sorella


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When & Where

Branch Water Tavern
510 Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Monday, April 12, 2010 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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