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Wednesday, July 20 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
From Bartender to Bar Partner

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Bartenders are rising in the cocktail industry, not only creatively, but as partners in their bars and they are reaping the rewards of ownership. What does it take to find a partnership that works? How can bartenders find backers that see them as true partners, not just talent? In this seminar, we will meet three bartenders who are now partners and co-owners of their operations. They include Jim Kearns, who partnered to create Slowly Shirley, The Happiest Hour and Tijuana Picnic, Meaghan Dorman, who is a partner at The Bennett, Dear Irving and Raines Law Room with Alberto Benenati and Yves Jadot, as well as Lucinda Sterling, who is a partner at Middle Branch and Seaborne with the late Sasha Petraske. They will discuss how they found their business partners, how their relationships evolved and blossomed over the years, the challenges they had to overcome and how they balance their passion for bartending with operational responsibilities.

Moderators
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Michael Anstendig

Partner, Hanna Lee Communications
Michael Anstendig is a communications maven specialized in the best things in life: spirits, cocktails, food and hospitality, with extensive experience as a freelance writer and public relations professional. | | Michael’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New York Observer, New York Daily News, Tennis Magazine, Food Arts, Nation’s Restaurant News, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine’s website, nymag.com, where he... Read More →

Speakers
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Meaghan Dorman

Bar DIrector, Dear Irving Raines Law Room The Bennett
Meaghan Dorman is currently the Bar Director of New York City’s Raines Law Room (2 locations) Dear Irving and the Bennett. She has worked with partners Yves Jadot & Alberto Benanati since its Raines Law Room 2009 opening. In June 2014, she and the RLR team opened Dear Irving, a cocktail bar in the Gramercy neighborhood. Dear Irving was a Top 10 finalist for Tales of the Cocktail Best New American Cocktail Bar, and listed by Esquire Magazine... Read More →
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Jim Kearns

Head Bartender and Partner, The Happiest Hour
Jim Kearns is head bartender and partner at The Happiest Hour, a new bi-level drinking and dining destination in New York’s Greenwich Village that salutes America’s sexiest decades. He is responsible for developing and executing a beverage program at the highest level and ensuring top-flight service to create the ultimate guest experience. | | On the main floor, Kearns’ house-made syrups fuel The Happiest Hour’s casual... Read More →
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Lucinda Sterling

Owner/Bartender, MIddle Branch
Lucinda Sterling began her journey into bartending by packing up her SUV in Denver and embarking on a cross-country road trip to the East Coast. A New York City pit stop became a permanent residence, and more than ten years later, Lucinda still calls Manhattan home. | | With no bartending experience at all, Lucinda found a road into the industry by becoming a regular at New York’s famed Milk & Honey cocktail bar in 2005, where she was... Read More →

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