(Note to everyone: Let's retire the use of the word "Iron" in "secret ingredient" chef competitions, shall we?) Moving on: Four bartenders — Nostrana's Douglas Derrick, Irving Street Kitchen's Brandon Wise, Park Kitchen's Adam Robinson, and Fratelli's Chino Lee — will attempt to shake up their signature cocktails using just-revealed "secret ingredients" during 2011's Iron Bartender competition, a benefit for Children’s Relief Nursery.
Guests to next Thursday's event (February 10, from 6-9pm) will sip all contenders' drinks (in addition to pours from Deschutes and Organic Nation) and vote for a "People's Choice" winner, while a team of experts, including Beaker & Flask barkeep Dave Shenaut, will crown the Iron winner. General admission tickets are available at the official website.
· Iron Bartender 2011 [Official site]
Image of judge Dave Shenaut shakin' courtesy DavidShenaut.com