Bartenders Against Bans: All-Star DC Female Bartenders Respond to Potential Roe v Wade Reversal

An All-Star bartending group of women & femmes from the DC bar community is clapping back with the Bartenders Against Bans event in direct response to the Supreme Court ruling and possible (and looking very likely) reversal of Roe v. Wade. The powerful bar star event will take place on June 1st, 2022 from 5PM to 10PM at Michele’s.  Bar Director Judy Elahi and the acclaimed team from Michele’s, part of 101 Hospitality Group, will be hosting this cocktail event with 100% percent of proceeds being donated to Planned Parenthood to assist those in need of family planning support.

If you are interested in attending and supporting Bartenders Against bans, click this RSVP link for tickets.

The Bartenders Against Bans event will showcase the city’s best and brightest lady bartending bosses in the biz- which includes:

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  • Chantal Tseng of Cocktails for End Times

Chantal Tseng is a DC Bar Sommelier with over 20 years in the industry. She is a Certified Sherry Educator via the Sherry Council of Spain, the US Sherry Week Ambassador, a Certified Sommelier via the Court of Master Sommeliers, a Bar Ready graduate from the Beverage Alcohol Resource and she runs the website: Apart from having recipes featured in online and print venues such as Imbibe, PUNCH, the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, New York Times, Slate, she also writes articles, teaches classes and collaborates on events like Sherry Dinners and Literary Cocktails.

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  • Alexandra Bookless of Shilling Canning Company

Alex Bookless Turner has over 20 years of hospitality experience, including acting as the GM of the acclaimed original Passenger, GM of Cafe du Nord in San Francisco, and Beverage Director of the Eaton Hotel. She currently is the Beverage Director for Shilling Canning Company and is in the process of opening her own restaurant, JUNE, with her husband. Her recipes have been featured in Imbibe, Cosmo, NPR, Self and more.

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  • Christine Kim of Tales of the Cocktail nominated Service Bar, Bar Amazonia, and Causa

Christine Kim was featured in Zagat’s inaugural “30 under 30” for Washington, D.C. That same year, she reunited with her former colleagues from Farmers Fishers Bakers to undertake a new project: the massively acclaimed industry darling Service Bar. As lead bartender at Service Bar, and now newly opened Causa and Bar Amazonia.  Kim is also an ambassador for Chilled magazine, member and former council member of the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild, and member of the D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild, Kim continues to develop her own mastery of the craft.  Kim also stands by that bartenders have a responsibility not only to be able to perfect a cocktail but to make sure everyone is having a good time.

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  • Princess Johnson of Allegory

Formerly of Urbana and Drink Company, Princess “PJ” Johnson is one of D.C.’s most renowned and loved drink slingers. While at Urbana and Drink Company, PJ quietly became one of the best bartenders in the city. At Allegory, she has developed into the ultimate bartender’s bartender creating well-crafted visionary cocktail recipes paired with a curated experience.  Princess is active in the cocktail competition scene and is the current Membership Coordinator for the DC Craft Bartenders Guild.

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  • Monniquer Peacock, winner of Chocolate City’s Best Cocktail Competition

Monniquer (Moe) Peacock has served in the hospitality industry for 8 years as a bartender. Having honed her skills and talents throughout the Washington D.C. area, she strives to make an impact on the world, one drink at a time. Her experiences have led to service opportunities through events such as festivals, weddings and political meetings. Moe is also a cocktail competitor. She placed in the top 3 in Chocolate City’s Best 2020 Cocktail Competition and won the opportunity to represent DC in the Power of the Palate Competition sponsored by Black Restaurant Week and Makers Mark. Moe can be found doing events throughout the DC area or partnering with spirit brands to host virtual tasting events called the Topshelf Peacock experience.

In addition, mixologist and nationally-ranked bartender Lauren Paylor, will be on hand to chat about her initiative a Focus on Health as well as prepare a zero-proof cocktail for non-imbibers. There will also be Cocktails & Oysters tokens available for $14 with 100% of ALL Beverage & Oyster Sales (because, who doesn’t love bivalves!) will be Donated to Planned Parenthood to Assist Females In Need of Family Planning Support.For more information on Bartenders Against Bans, click HERE.

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