Cheer on your favorite female bartender at Speed Rack bartending competition on Sunday, February 10. The Century Ballroom in Seattle is hosting the Speed Rack bartending competition. The details were released today (Jan. 17) in what is best described as spectator sport meets the best in bartending. Local mixtresses from Seattle, Portland and Denver will compete in heats to make rounds of cocktails, culled from a list of 50 accepted industry-standard classic recipes, in front of a panel of judges and a crowd of excited viewers. Judges rate each drink based on prep time and accuracy.
The judging panel includes cocktail world luminaries such as: “Libation Goddess” Audrey Saunders, cocktail journalist Robert Hess, Rob Roy’s Anu Apt, and pioneer in the bar-chef movement Kathy Casey.
The first nationwide competition designed to highlight up-and-coming women in the cocktail industry, and give back to those impacted by breast cancer, Speed Rack taps top female bartenders in leading cocktail markets and puts them head to head in timed challenges – all for the purpose of raising funds for breast cancer charities and other charities supporting breast cancer research. To date, Speed Rack has raised more than $85,000.
Following a stop in Seattle the tour will hit San Francisco, San Diego, and Chicago before returning to The Big Apple for the finals on Thursday, May 16, 2013.
WHEN: Sunday, February 10, 2013
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Century Ballroom
915 E. Pine, Seattle, Washington 98122
Alena Harbin – Golden Beetle, Agrodolce (Seattle)
Amanda Reed – Tavern Law, RN74 (Seattle)
Angel Teta –Raven & Rose Becca June – Verde Cocina (Portland, OR)
Beckaly Franks – Clyde Common (Portland, OR)
Courtney Lee Wilson – Williams & Graham (Denver, CO)
Elizabeth “Epow” Powell (Seattle) – The Liberty (Seattle)
Khinza Dahlin – The Scotch & Vine (Seattle)
Kristi Gamble – Clover (Spokane, WA)
Lacy Hawkins – Luc Lac (Portland, OR)
Marley Tomic-Beard – Smith (Seattle)
Mindy Kucan – Hale Pele (Portland, OR)
Nikki Worley – The Gerald, Frank (Seattle)
Veronika Groth – Poppy (Seattle)
Crystal Bertholic – Bon Bon Lounge (Spokane, WA)
Cari Carter – The Jack London Bar/ Rialto Pool Room (Portland, OR)
Lisa David – Quality Burrito (Olympia, WA)
Sherilyn Lightner – Mercato (Seattle)
Sophia Marlantes – Vessel (Seattle)
COST: Tickets are available in advance for $20 and at the door for $25. Link here for tickets (cash and credit cards accepted).
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