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Kate Bolton is the owner of Portland-based Mint & Mirth, a cocktail catering service that organizes impressive custom cocktail parties for corporate events and private parties.


An award-winning bartender and cocktail specialist, Kate’s hospitality career spans a decade. She began hostessing when she turned 15 and has worked in a variety of locations ranging from Costa Rica to the Bay Area and now Portland. Kate was one of the founding employees of Maven, a cocktail hotspot in San Francisco, and spent 5 years as Bar Managing Partner there. She continues to be a partner at the popular cocktail bar.


In addition to her other achievements, Kate has been awarded Eater Bartender of the Year (2012), San Francisco Chronicle Bar Star (2012), 7×7 Magazine’s Best Cocktail Menu (2013), and Nitey Award’s Mixologist of the Year (2014).


This episode was recorded Portland Bottle Shop, before Kate bought Mint and Mirth so in this episode we focus on Kate’s standards of service and why she’s been in the industry. Enjoy the show!

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