On Wednesday evening, June 13, 2012, Temple Downtown Restaurant & Lounge held their first WaterFire Cocktail Challenge. Five of the Temple bartenders were challenged to create a signature cocktail and competed to be named the WaterFire cocktail at Temple Downtown. The cocktails were judged by Barnaby Evans, Executive Artistic Director of WaterFire, Gail Ciampa, Providence Journal Food Editor and Dale Venturini, President of Rhode Island Hospitality. Edible Rhody publisher John Schenck was the emcee for the evening.
The evening was a fundraiser for WaterFire and the winning cocktail, Ben Terry’s “The Smoking Monkey” will now be a regular item on the Temple Downtown cocktail menu. Proceeds from sales of the drink will go to WaterFire throughout the year. “The Smoking Monkey” is a made up of Soul Cachaça, lime and grapefruit served in a glass rimmed with smoked sugar. Terry told Eat Drink RI, “The smokiness represents WaterFire and the monkey represents me.” Congratulations to Terry and to all the participants for a successful event for WaterFire.