Martinis 2013 begins Tuesday to benefit Healing House

by Kari Walker

Shaken or stirred? You be the judge and drink for a cause every Tuesday evening  July 2- Aug. 20.

The eight-week martini tasting returns to benefit Healing House, a local non-profit agency that helps children through times of grieving. Starting Tuesday, July 2, area restaurants are competing to be named "Lafayette's Absolut Best Martini."

Patrons have the opportunity to taste a signature martini from participants on Tuesdays for free with the purchase of an entrée at the weekly featured restaurant.

Diners, however, must go to Healing House's website in advance to print their drink voucher to receive the complimentary cocktail. Participants then have the opportunity to join in online voting for which restaurant pleased their palates best.

The tasting concludes Aug. 24 at the Hilton Lafayette in a taste-off during the Martinis gala featuring live music and silent auction.

The Martinis 2013 schedule for Tuesday tastings is as follows:

July 2 - Walk-On's

July 9 - Bonefish Grill

July 16 - Social Southern Table & Bar

July 23 - Charley G's

July 30 - Tsunami

Aug. 6 - Zea

Aug. 13 - Ruffino's on the River

Aug. 20  - Pamplona Tapas Bar

Additional details can be found on the Healing House website.