Combining tasty drinks plus supporting community outreach, Top Mixologist was a win-win for everyone. The first of a new annual event, the fundraiser brought in over $10,000 for the Academy’s Community Outreach Initiative. Top Mixologist was a Willy Wonka themed event showcasing five local bartenders as they mix candy-themed cocktails. Guests were able to sample each drink and vote on their favorite. The winner was Sasha Cash from RA Bistro, the only female bartender to compete. “I was thrilled to be able to compete beside amazing bartenders who have been in the game years beyond my own experience,” Sasha Cash said. “That aspect along with being the only female motivated and challenged me. The guys definitely knew what they were doing and there is a lot I could learn from all of them. It was humbling and exciting to have won.” Cash especially enjoyed not just interacting with a crowd, but getting to dress up like an Oompa Loompa. “The crowd was so fun and had so much energy,” Cash said. “I was definitely feeding off their energy and reactions and it was all around just a good time for a great cause.” For other aspiring bartenders out there, Cash says, […]
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