6:30 PM18:30

Speed Rack USA Season 7 National Finals

Speed Rack, the all female speed bartending competition raising money for breast cancer research, will culminate its 7th season with the grand finale of Speed Rack USA on May 8 in Chicago. The day after the James Beard Awards, the Windy City will be awash in the country’s top culinary talent, because what’s better after dinner than a good drink? All proceeds from ticket sales will go to breast cancer research, education and prevention. Entry to the Speed Rack final allows sampling our generous sponsors’ punches and tasty food from great local eateries.

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12:00 PM12:00

Seminar Day 1: Presented by Chandon

  • Ace Hotel Chicago in the Mahoney Event Space (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Causing a Stir: Empowering Underserved + Underrepresented Communities Within the Hospitality Industry
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Colin Asare-Appiah (Bacardi; New York), Alexis Brown (Causing a Stir; Chicago), Ariel Neal (Causing a Stir; Chicago)

Community Spirits: Cocktail Bars as Active Community Members
1:15pm - 2:15pm
Josh Harris (Trick Dog, Bon Vivants; San Francisco), Bobby Heugel (OKRA Charity Saloon, Anvil Bar & Refuge; Houston), Ashley Novoa (Chicago Period Project; Chicago), Katipai Richardson Wilson (Dirty Precious; Brooklyn)
Moderated by Jacyara de Oliveira (La Sirena Clandestina, El Che Bar; Chicago)

A History of Black Bartenders by David Wondrich and Chantal Martineau
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Chantal Martineau (Author; New York), David Wondrich (Cocktail Historian; New York)

Turn Up The Volume Without Lowering Your Standards: Bar Management in 2018
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Nandini Khaund (Cindy’s; Chicago), Dianna Sanders (The Promontory; Chicago), Yael Vengroff (The Spare Room, Genghis Cohen; Los Angeles)
Moderated by Erin Hayes (House Spirits Distillery; Los Angeles)

ADA accessible, gender neutral restrooms


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9:00 AM09:00

Chicago Style Fitness Series: Presented by Beam Suntory

ANTHEM™ Studio Cycling
Turn your cycling up to 11 with a music-fueled indoor ride. Bike to the beat of our hand-picked tracks in a sequence tailored to take you on a journey that’s as challenging as it is thrilling. Get lost in every moment—forget the metrics, shift with the rhythm, and let the power of the playlist drive your performance.

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