Chicago Bartending Competition Helps Fight Against Breast Cancer


Food Network has gone overboard with the food competitions. How many shows can Bobby Flay actually be on at once? We need some cocktail competitiong, and this Sunday not only will there be an amazing bartending competition but one raising money for a good cause.

Speed Rack returns for its fourth year to find the best female bartender in the Midwest through a fast bartending competition that will raise money for breast cancer charities. Some of the best bartenders will face off in several rounds where they will have to make three different standard drinks for judges and will be judged on time, taste, and accuracy. The rounds are fast-paced and nerve racking even for the audience watching on. After watching one round you’ll appreciate your bartenders much more.

The judges of this year’s Speed Rack will be Bridget Lorenc-Albert, director of Mixology SWS, Tad Carducci, co-founder of Tippling Bros., John Manion, chef and owner of La Sirena Clandestina, and Paul McGee, owner and head bartender of Lost Lake. Below are the contestants you can root for:

Nicole Anna, The Commons Club, Virgin Hotel, Chicago, The Godfrey Hotel
Chasity L Beasley, The Aviary
Emily Riot (Bohn), Maple Tree Inn
Mony Bunni, Sable Kitchen & Bar
Cristiana DeLucca, Bangers & Lace
Jacyara De Oliveira, Sportsman’s Club
Lindsey Ghastin, Mynt Novi, Novi, MI
Erin Hayes, Lost Lake
Alyssa Heidt, The Violet Hour
Laura Kelton, Bordel Chicago, Sportsman’s Club
Missy Kissling, Parlour Bar, Minneapolis, MN
Jessica Lambert, The Dawson
Mea Leech, Public Hotels
Layla Linehan, Brasserie by Niche, St. Louis, MO
Julia Momose, The Office At Aviary
Jenna Murray, Five Star Bar
Emmie O’Connor, Malibu Grill, Bloomington, IN
Liz Pearce, The Drifter Chicago
Lindsay Potter, The Dawson, The California Clipper
Sarah Syman, Pump Room, bellyQ
Katy Wade, The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, Kansas City, MO
Becci Visconti West, Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits

Speed Rack Chicago will take place Sunday, May 3 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Thalia Hall  located at 1807 S. Allport St. Tickets are $25. For more information visit

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