I was recently contacted by the folks at Tupelo Honey Cafe about their participation in the New York City Wine & Food Festival Search for the Best Bloody in America sponsored by Chopped and Absolut Vodka. The gist of the contest is that bartenders from all over the United States (including Tyler Alford from Tupelo Honey) submit their signature Bloody Mary recipe to the folks at the NYC Wine & Food Festival. The recipes are currently up for voting on the website. After the votes are tallied at the conclusion of the voting period (on September 15, so get on it!), the top 12 chefs will be flown to the NYC Wine & Food Festival to prep their Bloody's for celebrity chefs at the Food Network... and we'll get to find out who makes the best Bloody Mary in the US!
While I'm frequently contacted about promoting different products for different restaurants, I actually feel pretty passionately about this mission. So here's why you should vote for Tupelo Honey's Queen Mary:
1) It's a fine North Carolina product (and if you're not a fan of the home team, go back to whatever communist country you hail from).
2) It is seriously the most unique (in an awesome, delicious way) Bloody Mary out there. The base is a puree of golden tomatoes, garlic, and lemon juice (while your breath won't thank you for consuming it, your taste buds certainly will).
3) The garnish is equally insane and delicious -lemon, lime, pickled okra, pimento cheese stuffed olives, grilled shrimp, maple pepper bacon, celery, asparagus, pickled jalapeno and cherry tomato with a lime-salt rim!
4) It's a party in a glass -there are six parts of Absolut vodka per serving... woohoo, boozy brunch!
5) My favorite part is that there's no mix or chemical-y ingredients involved. It's all real food and flavors. I get a little perturbed when I go out for a bloody Mary and get served Zing Zang or some other mix that I could very easily buy at the grocery store and prep at home.
So head on over to Tupelo Honey and give the Queen Mary a taste yourself! Then navigate to the online ballot page (http://www.nycwffbestbloody.org/state.php?sid=NC) and submit your vote for the Queen Mary! I'd love to see Tyler Alford represent the home state and Tupelo Honey Cafe at the NYC Wine & Food Festival's Best Bloody Mary Brunch competition!