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Martinez Martini Month

Sep 02, 2015 09:22PM ● By Elena Hutslar

The legacy of Julio Richelieu takes center stage again as Martinez’ celebrated inventor of the martini. Richelieu is credited with inventing the martini in Martinez for a weary miner traveling through. At that time, in 1874, the cocktail was known as the “Martinez Special.” 

The Martinez Chamber of Commerce kicks off Martinez Martini Month with a proclamation read by the mayor designating the day as Julio Richelieu Day. Celebrate the month with Martini Happy Hour on Friday, September 11, at the Martinez Tribune and close it out with Martinis on the Plaza Gala at Ignacio Plaza on Saturday, September 26. This is the sixth year of the gala and people often don black ties, cocktail dresses, and period attire.

The event will feature dancing to live music, food from local restaurants, and a silent auction. In addition, area restaurants and bars create and serve specialty martinis and compete for the Peoples’ Choice Award. Tickets for the gala are now available. For more information, visit or call the Martinez Chamber of Commerce at 925-228-2345.


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