Kate Bolton is an award-winning hospitality and bar professional with an extensive restaurant industry career spanning nearly 20 years. She has managed or consulted on over a half dozen bar programs, having worked in every position from host to manager, and in a variety of operations from large/corporate to small/independent.
She most notably spent 5 years as the bar managing partner of the acclaimed Maven in San Francisco where she remains a partner today.
During her time there she was 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).
After relocating to Portland, she purchased Mint & Mirth and has had the honor of working with the city's top talent at Ava Gene’s, La Moule, Food and Wine Magazine’s (2017) “Restaurant of the Year” Tusk.
Our Founders & Managers
Wine Program Manager
Francesca specializes in natural wines, and she's always happy to give her hilarious and brutally honest feedback on our drinks and menus. Her sunny personality brings a smile to every guest's face. She represented Mint & Mirth as a competition judge for Portland Monthly's 2017 Annual Country Brunch.
Beer Program Manager
Brenna is our beer maiden! She hails from Las Vegas and usually finds herself on the business end of the bar industry, but she gets behind the bar for Mint & Mirth weddings and events. Her wealth of beer knowledge is a huge asset, and her favorite drink is whiskey neat with a beer back.
Joni was the co-founder of Mint & Mirth. Her design and creativity helped expand our business to what it is today. She left Mint & Mirth in 2017.
Jenelle was the co-founder of Mint & Mirth. Her work was instrumental in developing our cocktail program. She left Mint & Mirth in 2017.
Our Beloved Bartenders
Mali is an artist from the coast of Washington State, called Lopez. When she's not busy drawing soothing landscapes, women, and plants, she tends bar for Mint & Mirth. She brings humor and great attention to detail to every event she works.
Simon is a surfer and photographer currently living in Portland, Oregon. When he's not out shooting or riding the waves, he brings his signature style and flair to Mint & Mirth's craft cocktails. Simon is the life of any party. He's patient and is always kind enough to help guests learn more about local spirits, classic drinks and new flavor profiles.
Kayleen was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and loves working for a woman-owned business. She’s most passionate about service and creating connections at special events. Her favorite part of bartending is letting people know why what they’re enjoying is special and sharing the locality and stories behind the ingredients we use at Mint & Mirth events. She loves the craft of creating a delicious cocktail from scratch. Her favorite cocktail is the sazerac.
Natalie grew up here in the Pacific Northwest and loves working with the Mint & Mirth team on the organizational side. Making events flow smoothly so that everyone on has maximum fun is her definition of a great event. Her favorite drink is an Old Fashioned.
Jeralyn is a warm and bubbly bartender who makes every guest feel welcome. We are glad to have her as a new addition to our team!
Doug is the refined palate behind many of our delicious recipes. Having spent the better part of the past decade honing his craft behind the bar, Doug is one of the most skilled and friendly bartenders in Portland.
Nick fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and recently moved to Portland. He has a big heart for others and is energized by making personal connections with the people around him. Tending bar for Mint & Mirth allows him to do just that, while being apart of very special and memorable moments in people's lives.
Veronica is a new addition to the Mint & Mirth team. Her bright personality and work ethic have made her a dream to work with!
Erika moved to Portland from Wisconsin by way of Chicago because she heard it was a gay mecca (she wasn’t wrong). After spending her “best years” working at the infamous lesbian bar, The Egyptian Club, she became a freelance writer and producer, which equates to a lot of time spent singing to the dog, a corgi, the wind under her wings. Erika loves spending time helping at Mint & Mirth because, as much as she loves her dog, she loves bringing people together even more.
Sami is an artist and illustrator who loves a good dad joke, cooking, and detective shows like "Rockford Files" and "Murder She Wrote." She loves bartending because it gives her a chance to connect with others in a unique way and meet interesting people. Her favorite drink is a margarita!