The Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition has announced its Lucky 13—the thirteen bartenders who will on Aug. 21 to compete for the Midwest’s premier bartending title. Of course, it’s not all luck. Each of these pros has already created a unique cocktail; next, they must batch it for the event’s tasting room (which means you, assuming you buy a ticket) and prepare it onstage at The Uptown for a panel of judges that includes Dale DeGroff, perhaps one of the most influential cocktail experts in the world. Oh, and they have to make a surprise classic cocktail and answer questions. It’s a lot of pressure. I, for one, can’t wait to see who does it best.
Chad George, Demun Oyster Bar, St. Louis
Matthew Herman, Trezo Vino, Leawood
Shannon Ponche, Taste, St. Louis
Justin Richardson, The American, Kansas City
Berto Santoro, Extra Virgin, Kansas City
Matt Seiter, Sanctuaria, St. Louis
Jon Yeager, Watanabe Sushi & Asian Cuisine, Nashville, Tenn.