It's that time again: Next Monday, Eater will present the 2014 Eater Awards, our fifth-annual celebration of all that's made America's restaurant world run — and run wild — in the past twelve months. Winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in five major categories, the voting for which continues today with Bartender of the Year.
For the uninitiated: Eater editors have named nominees for each of five major categories (Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, So Hot Right Now, Bartender of the Year, and Stone-Cold Stunner of the Year). Eater readers will vote, narrowing the nominees to three finalists. From those three finalists, the Eater editorial team will select a winner.
Ready to play your part? Bartender of the Year voting starts now. Portland is full of talented bartenders, but we chose five who had an extra impact this year, either by opening a new bar or unleashing a new bar program that's taking the city by storm. Take a look at the nominees and vote. This poll will be open for 24 hours, with voting irregularities strictly policed.