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2013 Shake It Up! Competition Finalists Announced

February 26, 2013 By: Kristen Santoro


The Nightclub & Bar Media Group, producers of America’s pre-eminent beverage, bar and nightclub event, along with Southern Wine & Spirits of America is pleased to announce the finalists that will compete for top honors and $25,000 at the 2013 Shake It Up! Competition.   

Shake it Up! is one of America’s largest mixology competition and will take place that the 28th Annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center NCB Show Main Stage on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. These up-and-coming mixologists will demonstrate skill, flair and creative concoctions by presenting an original recipe to be judged by a panel of the nation's leading mixologists. 

Name

Business

City

Dustin Drankiewicz

The Local Chicago

Chicago, IL

Eric Van Valer

MiX Downtown

Sacramento, CA

Victoria D'Amato-Moran

Gold Dust Lounge

S. San Francisco, CA

Raul Faria

Gordan Ramsey P & G

Las Vegas, NV

Jesse Carr

Maison Premiere

Brooklyn, NY

Les Baker

Tom's Urban 24

Denver, CO

Alex Caban

Ore House at Milagro

Santa Fe, NM

Jake Bliven

The Barnlight

Eugene, OR

Alex Flynn

Foundation

Raleigh, NC

David Martinez

Torch Bar & Grill

Fenton, MI

Jaders Calcano

InterContinental

Canovanas, PR

Chris Hopkins

Vesper-Cosmopolitan

Las Vegas, NV

Aaron DeFeo

Casino Del Sol

Tucson, AZ

Joshua Pearson

Sepia

Chicago, IL

Justin Lavenue

The Bitter Bar

Broomfield, CO

Clint Rogers

Henri

Chicago, IL

Nathan Greene

RM Seafood

Las Vegas, NV

Darren West

JG's Steakhouse - Aria

Henderson, NV

Morgan Schick

Trick Dog

Oakland, CA

Roger Gross

Vesper-Cosmopolitan

Las Vegas, NV

Travis Tober

Four Seasons Hotel

Austin, TX

Tim Rita

Monkeypod Kitchen

Honolulu, HI

Travis Fourmont

Michael Symon's Roast

Berkley, MI

Diane Silvey

Bellagio

Las Vegas, NV

James Reis

Inn of the Anasazi

Santa Fe, NM

Jackson Holland

The Cocktail Club

Charleston, SC

Rachael Bordwell

The Cosmopolitan

Las Vegas, NV

Mike Henderson

Root Down

Denver, CO

Mathias Simonis

Trick Dog/Bon Vivants

San Francisco, CA

Billy Hines

T.G.I. Friday's

Folcfroft, PA

Gary Matthews

Bar Toma

Chicago, IL

Chris Clewell

Tom's Urban 24

Denver, CO

Max Solano

Delmonico Steakhouse

Las Vegas, NV

Jennifer Philpot

Fleetwood's On Front St.

Lahaina, HI

Bryson Ryan

Drumbar

Midlothian, IL

 

EMCEE:
Francesco Lafranconi, Executive Director of Spirits & Mixology Education, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada

JUDGES:
Bridget Albert, Director of Mixology, Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois
Tricia Alley, Director of Mixology, Southern Wine & Spirits of Southern California

Leann Kruger, Director of Mixology, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada
David Nepove, Director of Mixology, Southern Wine & Spirits of Northern California

Debbie Peek, Director of Mixology, Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois

Armando Rosario, Director of Mixology, Southern Wine & Spirits of Northern Florida

Arturo Sighinolfi, Director of Mixology, Southern Wine & Spirits of Southern Florida

James Starkus, Director of Mixology, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada
Michael Trujillo, Director of Mixology, Southern Wine & Spirits of New Mexico

Contestants will be using fine products sponsored by:
Anchor Distilling Company • Beam Inc. • Campari America • Constellation Brands • Diageo Spirits • Domaine de Canton • Fee Brothers • Fever-Tree Mixers • Frederick Wildman & Sons • Global Beverage Enterprises • Heaven Hill Distilleries • Imperial Brands • Palm Bay International • The Patrón Spirits Company • Pernod Ricard • Zing Holdings LLC

Official Provider of Shake It Up 2013 Bars:

Official Ice Sponsor of Shake It Up 2013:

Official Glassware Sponsor of Shake It Up 2013:

Shake It Up 2013 Event Sponsors:


Check out the 2012 Shake It Up! winner Josh Harris!


 

 


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