Taste of Pasadena and SIP-tember Finale

450 guests enjoyed food and drink at third Taste of Pasadena and SIP-rember Finale at the Rose Bowl-

Green Street Restaurant’s Vin de Pomplemousse named 2014 Cocktail of the Year

450 people were on hand to see the Green Street Restaurant Vin de Pomplemousse crowned Pasadena’s Cocktail of the Year at the Taste of Pasadena and SIP-tember Finale at the Rose Bowl on Thursday, September 25th.The Vin de Pomplemousse was a very close winner over the Jala-Pena Rita from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Panda Inn’s Signature Mai Tai and Clearman’s Galley’s Orange Julius Martini. In all nearly 300 voters weighed in to decide Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail 2014. The Vin de Pomplemousse was devised especially for the SIP-tember Cocktail

Chamber Board Chair Ben Green of the American red Cross presented the Cocktail of the year 2014 trophy to Green Street Restaurant.

Chamber Board Chair Ben Green of the American red Cross presented the Cocktail of the year 2014 trophy to Green Street Restaurant.

Bracket Challenge by Alison Hawkins. The drink consists of Vodka, Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc, Grapefruit Juice, Lemon Juice, Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup, Olive Heights Grapefruit Bitters.

Dance Syndicate provided entertainment and Pressbox Photobooth had people lining up for Rose Bowl-themed photos. Pasadena Federal Credit Union and Thorson Buick and GMC of Pasadena were on hand to promote their services and products to the 450 people in attendance.

In addition to the drink competitors, two dozen Pasadena restaurants, caterers and bakeries provided food samples to guests at the event.

Highlights included the tamales from El Cholo, meatballs from Trattoria Neapolis, pizza from PizzaRev, sake and tastings from Japon Bistro, gazpacho from Celestino Ristorante, pulled pork sliders from Brookside Catering, red beans and rice from Big Mama’s Rib Shack, drinks and food from Whole Foods Market and delicious tastings from Osawa Shabu Shabu Sushi.

Also popular were fresh pancakes from Du-Pars, lettuce wraps from Panda Inn, Dianne Salad from Green Street Restaurant, bacon brownies from Slater’s 50/50, bread from San Luis Sourdough and tastings from The Chefs at Castle Catering and Rose City Catering. Wings from new Chamber member Major Dave’s Chicken were also popular with the crowd.

Delicious desserts from Yummy Cupcakes, The Melting Pot and Simply Cupcakes of Pasadena were also very popular with guests. Bowlmor’s dancing bowling pin was a crowd favorite along with their food samples.

Restaurants participating were:

Japon Bistro served sake and ceviche at the Taste of Pasadena.

Japon Bistro served sake and ceviche at the Taste of Pasadena.

  • Big Mama’s Rib Shack
  • Bowlmor AMF
  • Brookside Catering
  • Celestino Ristorante
  • Chefs at Castle Catering
  • Du-Par’s Pasadena
  • El Cholo
  • Green Street Resaurant
  • Major Dave’s Chicken
  • The Melting Pot
  • Osawa Chabu Shabu Sushi
  • Panda Inn Restaurant
  • PizzaRev
  • POP Champagne and Dessert Bar
  • Rose City Catering
  • San Lius Sourdough
  • Simply Cupcakes of Pasadena
  • Slaters 50/50
  • Teriyaki Madness
  • Trattoria Neapolis
  • Yummy Cupcakes
  • Whole Foods Market

The Taste of Pasadena and SIP-tember Finale will return next year at

The Rose Bowl provided a perfect backdrop for the Taste of Pasadena.

The Rose Bowl provided a perfect backdrop for the Taste of Pasadena.

the end of September.

SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail is presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. The City of Pasadena and Trusted Choice Agents of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena are generously sponsoring the event.

SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail and the Taste of Pasadena are Pasadena Restaurant Week events presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors are the City of Pasadena, So Cal Gas Company Advanced Meter and Trusted Choice Agents of Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena.

Attendees can taste and vote for their favorite SIP-tember cocktail as they enjoy a Taste of Pasadena

Taste of Pasadena and SIP-tember Finale tickets are $30 each in advance and $40 each at the door. Buy tickets now at http://www.pasadena-chamber.org/forms/sip-tember-finale-september-25-2014.

SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail reaches its Taste of Postcard jpgdramatic conclusion with the Cocktail Bracket Challenge Finale on September 25th at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The four finalist cocktails will be served up in a live competition from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with those in attendance voting to determine Pasadena’s Cocktail of the Year for 2014.

Competing in the live SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge will be:

  • Green Street Restaurant’s Vin de Pomplemousse
  • Clearman’s Galley Orange Julius Martini
  • Ruth’s Chris’ Jala-pina Rita
  • Panda Inn Signature Mai Tai

You can see the entire bracket challenge here: SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge

The Pasadena Chamber hosts the third Taste of Pasadena and SIP-tember

Enjoy the Taste of Pasadena and SIP-tember Finale at the Rose Bowl September 25th

Enjoy the Taste of Pasadena and SIP-tember Finale at the Rose Bowl September 25th

Finale at the Rose Bowl. Guests can enjoy unlimited food and drink tastings from many of Pasadena’s finest restaurants and help decide which SIP-tember cocktail is Pasadena’s favorite.

Dance Syndicate is providing entertainment.

Taste of Pasadena participants are:

  • Big Mama’s Rib Shack
  • Bowlmor AMF
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Celestino Ristorante
  • Chefs at Castle Catering
  • Du-Par’s Pasadena
  • El Cholo
  • Green Street Restaurant
  • Japon Bistro
  • Major Dave’s Chicken
  • Melting Pot
  • Osawa Shabu Shabu Sushi
  • Panda Inn Restaurant
  • Pita Jungle
  • PizzaRev
  • POP Champagne and Dessert Bar
  •  Rose City Catering
  • San Luis Sourdough
  • Simply Cupcakes of Pasadena
  • Slater’s 50/50
  • Teriyaki Madness
  • Trattoria Neapolis
  • Yummy Cupcakes
  • Whole Foods Market

Along with food and drink samples for Taste of Pasadena guests, the four finalist cocktails from the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge will be available for tasting. Taste of Pasadena guests vote live to determine Pasadena’s favorite cocktail. Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail 2014 will be named at 8:45PM following the voting.

Tickets to the Taste of Pasadena and SIP-tember Finale are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. To purchase tickets call the Chamber at 626-795-3355 or visit www.pasadena-chamber.org/events/sip-tember-finale-september-25-2014.

SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail is presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. The City of Pasadena and Trusted Choice Agents of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena are generously sponsoring the event.