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Share Your Photos of Julio Richelieu Day

The alleged inventor of the martini was celebrated Saturday.

Martinez bartender Julio Richelieu allegedly created the first martini in Martinez back during the Gold Rush era. That historical footnote, never firmly established, was celebrated Saturday as the Chamber of Commerce sponsored Julio Richelieu Day, which was declared by Mayor Rob Schroder. 

La Tapatia, Sunflower Garden and Barrel Aged all participated, making their own martinis for strollers, at least some of whom probably did more veering than strolling toward the end. 

Were you there? Share your photos here. 

Chris J Kapsalis September 18, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Mike has been around forever and talk about a walking history book of downtown. And great guy.
Donna Allen September 18, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Jim, Why do you say "never firmly established"? What about the Court of Historical Review after San Francisco claimed the first Martini... and Martinez challenged that claim.... and won.
Jim Caroompas (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Donna - the ruling was made, if I recall, partly from the testimony of ghosts, with tongues firmly in cheek.
Brian Walker September 19, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Ghosts? If invisible presidents count... why not??

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