By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 02, 2011 at 7:01 AM

Recently, Bobby Tanzilo reported that Mathias Simonis won the $15,000 first-place prize at the Nightclub & Bar Show Convention's "Shake It Up! 2011: Creative Cocktail Challenge" in Las Vegas.

Last weekend, Simonis nabbed the top prize in the Portland-based Herradura Tequila Competition at the North Meets South Food and Drink Jubilee.

Simonis, who pours at Distil, 722 N. Milwaukee St., beat out four other bartenders and will journey to Jalisco, Mexico, in November to spend a week at the distillery learning about tequila.

"On a roll with more to come soon," he says.

Go, Mathias!

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.