speed rack

On Sunday, February 24, the top female mixologists in the Bay Area will compete in the first nationwide women-only cocktail competition—Speed Rack.

The ladies will compete in heats, making rounds of cocktails from a list of 50 industry standards. They’ll be judged on prep time and accuracy by judges Debbie Zachareas (Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant), Jacob Briars (Bacardi) and Charlotte Voisey (William Grant & Sons). The winner of Miss Speed Rack San Francisco will receive a $100 gift certificate to Cocktail Kingdom and $500 towards travel to the National Speed Rack Finals in New York, where the grand prize winner will score an all-inclusive trip for two to France which includes sessions at the Cointreau Bartender Academie.

The contestants:

  • Alicia Walton – Elixir, Bloodhound, Momo’s
  • Allison Kate Webber – Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen
  • Ashley Curren – Rickhouse
  • Claire Sprouse – Tradition
  • Danielle Marchant – Monarch
  • Jen Ackrill – Rye
  • Jennifer Colliau – Slanted Door
  • Julie Thompson – Rye
  • Kate Bolton – Maven
  • Keli Rivers – Hotsy Totsy Club
  • Kim Gooden – Tradition
  • Kim Rosselle – Flora/ Fauna
  • Lauren Steele – Hook & Ladder, Lowbrau
  • Leilani Vella – Nopa, Lolinda, Absinthe
  • Lucia Gonzales – Prizefighter
  • Megan Silsbee – Nopa
  • Michaela Leah King – Cantina
  • Rhachel Shaw – Tradition, Local Edition
  • Victoria George – Rickhouse, AQ Restaurant & Bar
  • Vita Simone Strauss – Dogwood, The New Easy

The competition is 3pm to 7pm on February 24 at The Chapel in the Mission. Tickets are $20 in advance and will be sold at the door for $25; tickets include drinks and snacks.

Image courtesy of Amanda Hathaway