Being an avid bruncher, I like to consider myself a connoisseur of brunch foods and beverages. When Chicago Sport and Social reached out to us, inquiring if we would like to take part in the judging of the 4th Bloody Mary Fest, we jumped at the opportunity!
Chicago Sport and Social is a large sport and social group that I have been part of for two years. I have played beach volleyball for two summers on North Avenue Beach with my friends (Go Sand Wedgies!), so I was familiar with this great organization from the get-go.
With over 900 tickets sold, and Bloody Marys hailing from Headquarters Beercade, Old Town Social, Belly Up, City Winery, and more, this Bloody Mary Fest stood to outdo even some of the best events I’ve been to.
I was part of a panel of five expert judges, and who were all significantly more qualified to judge than me. We made our way around to the fourteen vendors competing in the competition to taste each of the Bloody cocktails. All in all, I learned a lot and drank even more.
The five of us all agreed without question as to who should be the victor, but wavered on who should be crowned second and third overall. Ultimately, we were wooed to don Whirlyball with the third place title, as they wowed us with the incorporation of curry in the Bloody Mary—who would have thought, but it’s amazing! And second place went to Son of a Butcher, with the avocado-cucumber Bloody Mary concoction that turned heads and fired up taste buds!
Eleven City Diner was the victor of the competition and walked away with the coveted Bloody Mary Trophy for them to proudly display at their South Loop location. Can’t wait to try the brunch, so the Bitches will be seeing you soon Eleven City Diner!
And as for the next Bloody Mary Fest? Stay tuned, as these happen twice a year! Look for the next one before summer 2017.