GRAND RAPIDS, MI (Updated August 23, 2014)-Restaurant Week Grand Cocktail Competition winners will be announced at an outdoor Bourbon BBQ event at The B.O.B. in Downtown Grand Rapids today at 4:30 p.m. The Grand Cocktail competition is a part of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids at 31 out of over 60 restaurants participating in Restaurant Week GR. John Gonzalez, Statewide Entertainment writer for MLive Media Group and Randy Finch, Owner and Master Carver of Ice Brigade and Food Network Show "Ice Brigade" will MC the Announcements for the competition.

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Winners of Restaurant Week's Grand Cocktail Competition will be announced Today at 4:30 p.m. at the Bourbon BBQ event at The B.O.B. August 23 at 4:30 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (Updated August 23, 2014)-Restaurant Week Grand Cocktail Competition winners will be announced at an outdoor Bourbon BBQ event at The B.O.B. in Downtown Grand Rapids today at 4:30 p.m. The Grand Cocktail competition is a part of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids at 31 out of over 60 restaurants participating in Restaurant Week GR. John Gonzalez, Statewide Entertainment writer for MLive Media Group and Randy Finch, Owner and Master Carver of Ice Brigade and Food Network Show "Ice Brigade" will MC the Announcements for the competition.

Who: Thirty-one restaurants and their mixologists / bartenders / management staff are currently participating in the Grand Cocktail competition for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids.

When/Where:
Today, August 23rd at 4:30 p.m. at The B.O.B.'s Outdoor Event "Bourbon BBQ". The public is invited to attend the free event. More on The B.O.B Bourbon BBQ at www.facebook.com/events/273363612872293/

More about the Grand Cocktail competition:

Thirty-one Restaurants entered the "Grand Cocktail 2014" competition. All thirty-one restaurants are now serving their specialty Grand Cocktails made with Woodford Reserve so that the public can try them and vote online for their favorites at RestaurantWeekGR.com/cocktail-contest.

There are two Grand Cocktail Competitions orchestrated by Restaurant Week Grand Rapids event:

The "Judged Cocktail Competition" and the "People's Choice Competition" to determine which restaurant has the "Best Old Fashioned" cocktails and "Best Summer Cocktail" made with Woodford Reserve craft bourbon and fresh local ingredients.

• The public participated in deciding on the "People's Choice Award" winners by voting for their favorites at RestaurantWeekGR.com.
• The "Judged Cocktail Competition" took place on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education where 20 finalists individually competed in front of 8 judges to present their cocktail creations. The ballots were sealed and winners are to be announced today for the first time.

Grand Prize Winners of the "Judged Cocktail Competition" will receive a two-night all expense paid trip for 2 to Louisville, Kentucky and VIP reception at Woodford Reserve.

Grand Cocktail Prizes

The 1st Place Judged Winners:
Will receive the Grand Prize, an all expense paid trip for two to Louisville Kentucky, home of Woodford Reserve including:
• a two-night stay at the Galt House in the heart of Louisville,
• dinner for two at one of the many restaurants at the Galt House ($200 credit),
• VIP Distillery Tour and lunch for all guests at Woodford Reserve, and
• $100 gas card for travel.

Sponsored by Restaurant Week Grand Rapids

2nd & 3rd Place Judged Finalists:
Will win a gift certificate for dinner-for-two at one of the Restaurant Week Grand Rapids restaurants.

1st Place Winners of the Peoples Choice Awards:
Will receive a dinner-for-two to the Heritage Restaurant at GRCC operated by the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

Sponsored by Restaurant Week Grand Rapids

Finalists in the "Judged Cocktail Competition" include:

Finalists: "Best Old Fashioned" made with Woodford Reserve & fresh local ingredients
Aryana at Crowne Plaza Hotel - Devin Conroy
Bar Divani - Daniel Lovig
Cork Wine and Grille - Bethany Beaucham
FireRock Grille - Melissa Dembny
Flat River Grill in Lowell - Matt Horan
Grand Rapids Brewing Company - Chelle Blundell
Kitchen 67 - Brittney Bonney
Licari's Sicilian Pizza Kitchen - Tara VanderMolen
Mangiamo! - Erica Birkhold
The Pearl Street Grill at Downtown Holiday Inn - Joshua Hallwachs

Finalists: "Best Summer Cocktail" made with Woodford Reserve & fresh local ingredients
Amore Trattoria Italiana - Mike Post & Jenna Arcidiacono
Bar Divani - Daniel Lovig
Blue Water Grill - Alex Chamberlin
Bobarino's at the BOB - John Zokoe
Cork Wine and Grille - Bethany Beauchamp
Cygnus 27 - Brian Budzynski
Fajita Republic - Heather Dismore
FireRock Grille - Melissa Dembny
Judson's Steakhouse & Gilly's - Davide Harvey
McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon - Garry Boyd
San Chez Bistro - Theresa Hannah-Woods
Spinnaker Restaurant & Lounge - Debbin Schnepp
Terra GR - Jeff Dabkowski

"People's Choice Award" Contenders for "Best Woodford Old Fashioned" cocktails

• Amore Trattoria Italiana - Blue Z Sno-Cone
• Aryana at Crowne Plaza Hotel - Bitter Sweet Old-Fashioned
• Bar Divani - Peachy Fashion
• Blue Water Grill - Michigan Old Fashioned
• Cork Wine & Grill - Calabria Old Fashioned
• Fire Rock Grille - Woodford Cherry Old Fashioned
• Fajita Republic Cantina - Nuevo Old Fashioned
• Flat River Grill - Grapefruit Old Fashioned
• Grand Rapids Brewing Company - Strawberry Old Fashioned
• Green Restaurant - Purr... Old Fashioned
• Kitchen 67 - The Old Meets the New
• Licari's Sicilian Pizza Kitchen - Old Fashioned Infusion
• Mangiamo! - Michigan Made Old Fashion
• McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon - Rhuberry Old Fashioned
• Osteria Rossa - The Archer
• The Pearl Street Grill - The Woodsman
• Red Jet Café - Red Jet Old Fashioned
• Rockwell Republic - Delano
• Rose's - Michigan Sweet Old Fashioned
• Spinnaker Restaurant & Lounge - Michigan Blueberry Old Fashioned
• Stella's Lounge - New Fancy
• Tavern on the Square - The Tavern Old-Fashioned Deluxe
• Terra GR - The Southern Belle
• Tre Cugini - Signature Smoked Old-Fashioned

"People's Choice Award" Contenders for "Best Woodford Summer Cocktails"

• Amore Trattoria Italiana - Italian Iced Tea
• Aryana Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza - Woodford Reserve Paradise
• Bar Divani - Bourbon Bunny
• Blue Water Grill - Woodford Blood Orange Mint Julip
• Bobarino's at The BOB - Ginger Ruby
• Cork Wine & Grille - Summer Pop
• Cygnus 27 - Woody's Summer Punch
• Fajita Republic - Woodford Margarita
• FireRock Grille - Cherry Ginger Fizz
• Grand Rapids Brewing Co. - Woodford Fruit Smash
• Green Restaurant - Woodford Summer Tea
• HopCat - Peaches & Pork
• Judson's Steakhouse & Gilly's - Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade
• Licari's Sicilian Pizza Kitchen - The Ginger Bee
• McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon - Blambic Shrub Punch
• The Melting Pot - Dirty South Sangria
• The Pearl Street Grill at Downtown Holiday Inn - Blueberry Sweet Tea
• San Chez Bistro - Beer City Bourbon Ball
• Six.one.Six & Mixology at JW Marriott - Cinnful
• SpeakEZ Lounge - Positively 4th Street
• Spinnaker Restaurant & Lounge - Woody Michigan Sangria
• Stella's Lounge - Kick in the Grass
• Tavern on the Square
Terra GR - Summer Bourbon Brew

Additional Information:
Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Takes Place through Sunday, August 24th at the following restaurants. Check hours that restaurants are open for business on their website listings located at RestaurantWeekGR.com

Restaurant Week participating restaurants:
3-courses for $28 per person Restaurants:
Amore Trattoria Italiana, The Acorn Grill at Thousand Oaks Golf Course, Applebees (7 locations), Arayana at Crowne Plaza, Bistro Bella Vita, The Bulls Head Tavern, Blue Water Grill, Brewery Vivant, Bar Divani, CitySen Lounge, Cork Wine & Grille, Charley's Crab, Cygnus 27, FireRock Grille, Flat River Grill, Flat River Grill, Grove, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, The Green Well, Gilly's at the BOB, Houlihan's, Judson's Steakhouse, Licari's Sicilian Pizza Kitchen, Mangiamo!, McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon, Marco New American Bistro, Maya Mexican Grill & Bar, Olive's Restaurant, One Trick Pony, Osteria Rossa, Rush Creek Bistro, Red's on the River, Rose's, Rockwell Republic, River House Ada, Reserve Wine & Food, Speak EZ Lounge, San Chez Bistro, six.one.six, Shiraz Grille, Spinnaker, Timber's Inn Restaurant & Tavern, Terra GR, The Melting Pot, Tre Cugini, Z's Bar & Restaurant.

2 people for $28 (3-courses) Restaurants:
Bagger Dave's, Bobarino's at the BOB, Brann's on Leonard, Buffalo Wild Wings (5 locations), Cottage Bar and Restaurant, El Granjero Mexican Grill, Fajita Republic, Grand Woods Lounge, Green Restaurant, HopCat, Kitchen 67, Lindo Mexico, Osta's Lebanese Cuisine, Peppino's Downtown, Pietro's Italian Restaurant, Railside Golf Club, Red Jet Café, Rezervoir Lounge, Stella's Lounge, Tavern on the Square, The Mitten Brewing Company, The Pearl Street Grill

One dollar from every Restaurant Week meal sold during the 2014 event will be donated by each of the restaurants to a student scholarship fund at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. Since 2010, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids participating restaurants have donated almost $75,000 to the GRCC Secchia Institute Student Scholarship Fund. Doug Small, President of Experience Grand Rapids says, "Restaurant Week is paying it forward to students to help expand and enrich the culinary talent within Grand Rapids. We love the fact that Secchia Institute for Culinary is one of the top 20 culinary schools in the nation. As a community we all benefit from that talent. Many of the students and graduates of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education program remain in the community and work in the hospitality industry. ‘Visiting Restaurants' is the most popular social activity convention guests and tourism visitors do while in Grand Rapids."

Major Underwriting Contributors
Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc
Experience Grand Rapids

Exclusive Major Partners
Sysco Grand Rapids - Exclusive Food Partner
Founders Bank & Trust - Exclusive Local Bank Partner
Ferris Coffee and Nut - Exclusive Coffee Partner
Founders Brewing Company - Exclusive Brewery Partner
Great Lakes Wine & Spirits - Exclusive Wine & Spirits Distributor Partner
Simi Winery - Exclusive National Wine Partner
Woodford Reserve - Exclusive National Spirits Partner

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MLive - Official Digital Marketing Partner
GR Magazine & Michigan Blue Magazine - Official Food & Travel Magazine Partners
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Zoye Pure 100% Soybean Oil
Michigan Restaurant Association
Black Star Farms
Fenn Valley Winery
Local First
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
JW Marriott Hotel
Grand Rapids Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
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Women's Lifestyle Magazine
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