Female bartenders deserve just as much credit as their male counterparts, insists Ivy Mix, who along with her partner, Lynnette Marrero, founded Speed Rack, a national women-only mixology battle that pits eight to sixteen maiden bar bosses from each city against one another for an opportunity to win a cocktail-centric trip to France.
"The cocktail industry has evolved into a bona fide career, but women aren't given the same opportunities as men, so Lynette and I launched Speed Rack to give female bartenders a platform to compete against each other and to make a name for themselves," says Mix, who's bringing the cross-country competition to Casselman's Bar and Venue. Several local bartending babes, including Amanda Olig (Osteria Marco), Amy Kempster (City O' City) and Diane Schwender (Gaetano's), will tussle in a series of judged speed-round eliminations until one girl saunters away with the title of Miss Denver Speed Rack and moves on to New York to shake and stir in the finals.
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Tickets to the event -- one hundred percent of whose proceeds benefit breast cancer research -- are $20 each at the door and include access to the competition, food, and punch plied with alcohol. The fun begins at 1 p.m. at Casselman's, 2620 Walnut Street. For more information, go to www.speed-rack.com.
Sun., Feb. 12, 1-5 p.m., 2012