Dishes of DISH: Bloody Marys from The Real Dill

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Westword will host its twentieth annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, DISH, in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where many of the favorite restaurants of Cafe Society writers and readers will be serving delectable dishes. Away from the grills and the fryers, The Real Dill will be pouring something to quench the thirst of drained.

See also: Dishes of DISH: Orange Empanadas from The Orange Crunch

The Real Dill is all about anything and everything pickled. From dilled cucumbers pickled in Great Divide Titan IPA to bread and butter chips sweetened with molasses, The Real Dill peddles its pickles at seemingly every specialty market and restaurant with good taste in Denver. The company's Bloody Mary Mix is a rare non-solid venture, but it's made with the same ingredients that brine their famous pickles.

"Though it's made with about half the ingredients of most other Bloody Mary mixes, it packs a ton of flavor since more than half of the ingredients are fresh," says Justin Park, who co-founded the company. The mix is made with organic tomato paste, vinegar, spices from Savory Spice Shop , and fresh cucumber water. "The star ingredient is the cucumber water, which is a byproduct of our pickling process. We used to toss it because we had no use for it, but it is so delicious that we were determined to find a way to use it," Park said.

Park recommends adding tequila or mixing it into a lager, but at DISH the mix will be spiked with Deep Eddy vodka at our new Bloody Mary bar. And each drink will be garnished with a spear of Park's habanero horseradish dill pickle.

Bloody Marys are just one example of the dozens of offerings you'll find at DISH, which runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 7. (VIP entrance is at 11 a.m.) To see what else is in store and buy tickets for this culinary celebration's twentieth anniversary, visit the 2014 DISH site.

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