Domaine de Canton 2014 Bartender of the Year Competition Submit your information to be chosen for a regional competition. All regional competitions will be hosted between January 2014 and March 2014, except our New Orleans, Detroit and Portland regional competitions. Those competitions will be online only, and winners will be selected directly from online submissions. Once you win a regional competition, you may move on to the finals – an all-expense paid trip in June 2014 to the French West Indies – where you will compete for the title of 2014 Domaine de Canton Global Bartender of the Year and the grand prize of $10,000. Deadline is December 31, 2013.
Bols Around the World 2014 Competition The aim of the competition is to develop a drinks concept that will be ‘the next big thing’. The concept must inspire other bartenders, be innovative — but easy to replicate — and of course, be attractive for guests. It can be a fresh twist on an existing trend, a fusion of trends, or a completely new idea. You will be creating a cocktail and then developing a drinks menu inspired by this cocktail. The bartenders with the highest scores will be allowed to present their cocktail / drinks concept in a 2min clip to convince the jury why this is the next big trend. Remember, take a risk. Deadline is February 24, 2014.
3rd Annual Speed Rack Competition (Various Locations) There’s gonna be a whole lotta shaking going on, thanks to the return of Speed Rack, the national all-female speed-bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer. The third national tour kicks off this December in New York City, followed by stops in Miami; Austin, TX; Seattle; San Francisco; San Diego, CA; Chicago, and Kansas City, MO, before returning to New York for the National Finals in May 2014. To date, Speed Rack has raised more than $150,000 for breast cancer charities and elevated awareness around the bad-ass-ness of female bartenders in America. Equal parts spectator sport, cocktail bonanza and charity fundraiser, Speed Rack is the brainchild of two o the cocktail world’s leading ladies, Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix, who launched the first tour in 2011. “Female bartenders are hardcore! They can make mean Negronis, Clover Clubs and Sazeracs – and they do it fast!,” says Marrero. “And we all stand united in the fight against breast cancer, so bringing these two worlds together makes perfect sense.” Contestants will compete in timed 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 such cocktail world luminaries as: Julie Reiner, Dale DeGroff and Audrey Saunders. Miss Speed Rack USA, crowned at the National Finals, wins an all-inclusive trip for two to France and a scholarship to the BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource) program. Runs from December 15, 2013 through May 8, 2014.
Cocktail Competition with Vinum at Vessel (WA Bartenders Only) Let it be known and sung throughout the internets that Vinum Importing is holding a cocktail competition on the 1st Monday of every month at Vessel in downtown Seattle. Monthly listings can be found at Vinum Importing’s Cocktail Competition website. And we’ll begin on Jan 7th with the eponymous competition: Brown, Bitter & Stirred. Check the schedule for a new competition every month.
St-Germain Bartender Exchange Started during the formative years of the cocktail renaissance, the St-Germain Bartender Exchange has been facilitating the interchange of ideas amongst the world top bartenders since 2007. St-Germain arranges for two bartenders from cities around the world to swap bartending shifts over the course of the same three-to-five day period. Bartenders have the chance to learn the host bars menu and share tricks of the trade with fellow cocktail comrades while St-Germain picks up the tab on travel and ground expenses for participants. Past esteemed participants include Phil Ward of Death & Company and Mayahuel (NYC); Brian Miller of Death & Company; Thomas Waugh of Alembic (San Francisco); Kamil Foltan, Zetter Townhouse (London) and Joshua Fontaine of Experimental Cocktail Club and Candelaria (Paris). Bartenders interested in participating in the program can email firstname.lastname@example.org with the bar and city where they are currently employed and why they should be considered for the next exchange. Ongoing