Paige Unger wins the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition

Paige Unger wins the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition.

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Unger took home first prize at PopFest.
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  • Unger took home first prize at PopFest.
There was a whole lot of shaking going on. There was a bit of muddling. And some straining. But at the end of the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition, it was Extra Virgin's Paige Unger who stood victorious. Unger captured the contest Sunday night on the stage of the Uptown Theater.

Grunauer's Mark Church turned out to be a good handicapper for this year's PopFest: He tapped Unger as his dark horse for a story that The Pitch did last week. Unger's winning drink was the Beet Goes On. It's made with 1 ounce of Beefeater Gin, one-half ounce of summer beet shrub, one-half ounce of lemon, one-half ounce of Campari and one-half ounce of St. Germaine. The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange's Jenn Tosatto took second place, and the Kill Devil Club's Scott Tipton was third.

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