Thousands of cocktail enthusiasts join local bars, restaurants and distilleries in celebrating the Town’s unique cocktail culture past and present.
OAKLAND, CA— Oakland will host the first ever Oakland Cocktail Week September 15-23, 2018 in celebration of the city’s unique cocktail heritage as well as local spirits small businesses and employees. Participating bars and restaurants from Oakland, Alameda and Emeryville are challenged with telling the stories of Oakland through cocktails and offering them to cocktail enthusiasts at $10 throughout the week. Tickets for special community-focused events, organized by Drink Up Bay Area (See.Eat.Love.’s event production arm), will be available later this month through www.oaklandcocktailweek.com.
“We’re bringing together the Bay Area community to celebrate Oakland’s unique cocktail heritage and shine the spotlight on the small businesses and people within the industry that help create this culture and community,” says Oakland Cocktail Week and See.Eat.Love. founder Raquel Navarro.
Festivities and events will pay tribute to Oakland institutions old and new while fundraising and spotlighting issues championed by the local chapter of the national non-profit Restaurants Opportunity Center (ROC the Bay).
Oakland Cocktail Week currently includes participation from the following venues: Ramen Shop, Hopscotch, Starline Social Club, Dyafa, Camino, Nido, Alamar, Forbidden Island, The Cat House, Cosecha, Drexl, Bardo, Fort Green, Kon-Tiki, Make Westing, Mari at Angela’s, The Miranda, Oakland Spirits Co., Plum Bar, Spice Monkey, Julie’s, Copper Spoon, Bar Cesar, Lake Chalet, and Umami Mart.
ABOUT ROC THE BAY
Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) of the Bay Area is a worker center that brings together restaurant workers, employers and consumers to create just and dignified workplaces for all restaurant workers. ROC the Bay seeks to transform and lift-up the Bay Area’s restaurant industry by eliminating exploitation and discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, immigration status, age, and ability. ROC provides training for career growth in areas such as bartending skills and ESL classes.
ABOUT OUR PARTNERS
The first ever Oakland Cocktail Week could not be possible without the support of its partners Visit Oakland, JetSuiteX, Hennessy, Seedlip, Clear Channel Communications, Telegraph Media, 7×7 and Yelp.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Oakland Cocktail Week was born out of founder Raquel Navarro’s mission to highlight Oakland’s small spirits businesses and thriving cocktail culture—a goal aligned with her mission to promote Oakland’s food and drink scene through See.Eat.Love. tours since 2012.
Susan Eggett, Partnerships Lead, has over 12 years of experience as a published mixologist, spirits educator and event producer for the Beverage Academy at Bourbon and Branch, Forbidden Island, Moet Hennessy and Pixar. These days you can find her mixing up mid-century, tropical noir vibes with the team at Last Rites.
Daphne Wu, Marketing & Media lead, comes from a Marketing and Experience design background in the entertainment, tech and clean energy industries. She’s now focused on designing unforgettable food and beverage experiences.
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Oakland Cocktail Week is made possible through the wisdom and support of our advisory team: Katie Cavenee (Southern Wine & Spirits), Andie Ferman (St. George Spirits), Chris Lane (Kon-Tiki & Prizefighter), Alex Maynard (Starline Social Club), Jessica Moncada (Red Bay Coffee), Antoine Nixon (US Bartender’s Guild SF & SPIRIBAM), Eric Quilty (Stag Dining), Pilar Vree (Craft Spirits Cooperative)
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