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Vote Every Day for Appleseed Sour in the Slow Food Ark of Taste Cocktail Competition

June 1, 2014 - June 19, 2014


Vote for Gravenstein Apple cocktail.

Vote every day at

Daily Voting Event Ends Thursday, June 19.

Haleah Hoshino, one of 12 finalists for the Slow Food Ark of Taste Cocktail Competition, created the Appleseed Sour which uses three Ark Products:

• Sebastopol Gravenstein Apple
• Meyer Lemon
• Artisanal American Apple Brandy

Clearly a winner!!! You can vote once a day, every day, until June 19. Let’s make Haleah a winner.
The four top winners will represent Slow Food USA at Terra Madre.

The 2014 edition of the international Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto world meeting of food communities, held in Turin, Italy, from October 23-27, will display the extraordinary diversity of food from around the world and unite small-scale farmers and artisans who follow the principles of good, clean and fair.


Sebastopol, California, was until recently Gravenstein country. The town holds festivals celebrating the apple blossom in spring and the harvesting of the apples in fall, and there used to be Gravenstein orchards everywhere you looked. Sadly, in the past decade, most of the apple trees have been uprooted to make room for wine grapes, which are much more profitable. The Gravenstein is the ubiquitous apple from childhood for anyone raised in Sebastopol, and its sweet, tart flavor is one worth saving. The elements of honey and Meyer lemon also represent California. The cocktail name “Appleseed Sour” is a nod to Johnny Appleseed, an American folk hero and conservationist who planted hundreds of apple trees so that early settlers could all get drunk on applejack.

Haleah Hoshino was born and raised in Sebastopol, California. After living there for 18 years, Haleah then spent 10 years in the Bay Area and 3 years in New Orleans, Louisiana before moving back to Sonoma County. Haleah has worked in restaurants for 11 years and has been a bartender for 4 of them. Currently working at Chalkboard restaurant in Healdsburg, California, Haleah loves building cocktails around seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients and finds making infusions and liqueurs is a great way to use different flavors throughout the year.


Note added later:

Unfortunately the Applesee Sour did not make it.

See for more and about the winners https://www.facebook.com/events/519356944856489/


June 1, 2014
June 19, 2014