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The National Restaurant Association, in partnership with Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association, is hosting the inaugural Chicago STARS Mixology Competition. Held on Sunday, May 20 from 6-8 p.m., ten local mixologists will be tasked with creating innovative cocktails for judges, with one bartender being crowned the winner.

Presented by Beam Suntory, Real Cocktail Ingredients, and Maraschino Cherries; the competition will be judged by acclaimed mixologists and “World’s Best Bartender” champions, Charles Joly and Ago Perrone.

Bartenders from across Chicago vied for a spot in the competition, which will focus on original cocktail recipes.

The ten finalists include:

• Jill Anderson, The Drifter
• Jarmel Doss, The Aviary
• Dustin Drankiewicz, Bar Harvest Group and The Pink Squirrel
• Alyssa Heidt, The Office
• Madelyn Kay, Beatnik
• Kelly Dawson, Untitled Supper Club
• Christopher Kyles, Gibsons Italia
• Jessica Lambert, Vol.39 and Boleo
• Danielle Lewis, GT Fish and Oyster and GT Prime
• Matthew Zavala, Ludlow Liquors

The competition takes place at Lettuce Entertain You restaurants newest private event hall The Dalcy (302 N. Green Street) which shares a third-floor space with Aba, a new restaurant with a rooftop patio from Chef CJ Jacobson. Attendees will get a first-look at the new Fulton Market concepts and light bites inspired by Jacobson’s forthcoming menu. Guests will also get to sample a variety of cocktails created by Liz Pearce and Thomas Moore of The Aba & The Dalcy’s beverage team, featuring spirits from the Beam Suntory portfolio. Tickets are available online for $50.

The Chicago Stars Mixology Competition coincides with the 2018 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®, the largest annual foodservice trade show in the country. The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show runs May 19-22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.


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