Stir, Shake, and Pour at Speed Rack's Bartending Competition with a Cause

by Dan Catinella
Shannon Sturgis and Speed Rack
May 1

INFO
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and include drinks from sponsors and bites.

WHEN
Thursday, May 16, 2013 6pm to 10pm

WHERE
Element Night Club, 225 East Houston Street, New York City

WHY
Top female bartenders mixing drinks to support the cure for Breast Cancer! Ticket includes plenty of drinks and bites for the audience to nosh on while rooting for the country’s fastest female bartenders!

WHO
“Created by women. Celebrating women. Supporting women,” is the motto for Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix’s Speed Rack, Inc. Since 2011, Speed Rack has been supporting breast cancer related charities with a stir, a shake, and a pour while raising over $150,000 for research and support systems.

LEARN MORE
Visit speed-rack.com and www.facebook/speedrackinfo for more information. Get live updates @speed_rack.

The top 10 finalists for fastest female bartenders are preparing for battle. This ultimate cocktail showdown will be hosted by Speed Rack at The Element Night Club in New York City on Thursday, May 16, and it’s not too late to grab tickets for the excitement.

After facing rounds of competition in cities from Boston to Tampa and San Francisco, this year’s final contenders include Eryn Reece from New York City’s Mayahuel and Death & Company, Ashley Danella of Miami’s PB Steak, and San Antonio’s Karah Carmack of The Esquire Tavern, plus six wild card winners ready to shake things up.

Cheer on your favorite as she blasts through rounds of cocktail mixing from a list of 50 industry-standard classics. A panel of judges, including Julie Reiner, Dale DeGroff, and Audrey Saunders, will rate these mixtresses on preparation time and accuracy, and Pernod-Ricard’s Chris Patino will emcee the night with San Francisco’s Ryan Fitzgerald on the turn tables.

Alba Huerta (L) and Mia Mastroianni Shake Off in the First Round

Alba Huerta (L) and Mia Mastroianni Shake Off in the First Round

Ivy Mix Directs the Barbacks

Ivy Mix Directs the Barbacks

Erin Harris Groupies

Erin Harris Groupies

The Speed Rack Crowd

The Speed Rack Crowd

Karen Jarman and Friend Flex Their Muscles

Karen Jarman and Friend Flex Their Muscles

Dale DeGroff and the Fine Art of Judging

Dale DeGroff and the Fine Art of Judging

Yael Vengroff Wins the Day

Yael Vengroff Wins the Day

The event isn’t all just fun and libations; the first nationwide competition highlighting the cocktail industry has also taken aim at breast cancer, raising almost $150,000 for charities that benefit cancer research and cancer support systems. Now in its second year Speed Rack is pushing even further. “It’s excellent what [Speed Rack] is doing, and the recognition is phenomenal,” says Ashley Danella of PB Steak. “The community really comes together, and I’ve had a chance to meet people I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.”

The bartending community across the country continues to prove how tightly knit an industry can operate, and thanks to Speed Rack: “Girls from across the country all know each other and root for one another,” says Danella. The atmosphere at the competition is positive and respectful as competitors hold each other in high regards, keeping in mind why they are here: to take a stand against America’s second most common cancer and to celebrate the growing ranks women bartenders.