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Saturday, July 23 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
The Aperitif-A Drink and a Way of Life

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Some call it an aperitif. Some call it an aperitivo. And some people just like to have a drink before dinner. Whatever you call it, the aperitif has been enjoying a resurgence in popularity around the world. But what is an aperitif? Where did it come from, and how can bartenders perfect aperitifs of their own? And is it a drink, or more a way of life? We will explore the historical roots of the aperitivo, explore how France, Italy and other European countries have put their unique twist on the category, and showcase some of the finest aperitifs from the Old and New Worlds. Join our stimulating panel of aperitif experts Carina Soto Velasquez of Mary Celeste, which has helped put the aperitif cocktail back in fashion in Paris, Daniele Gentili of ‘aperitif embassy’ Bar8 in London, Naren Young of New York City’s pioneering Caffe Dante, and ‘aperitif aficionado’ Camille Vidal, for an in depth discussion of this tradition from yesterday to today. Attendees will learn how the aperitif has evolved, the role that food plays in aperitif service, and how the growing trend among cocktail lovers for ‘low proof’ drinks makes this the perfect moment for bartenders to master the art of the aperitif.

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Camille Vidal

Global ambassador, Bacardi
Camille Vidal, also known as Madame St Germain, is the global ambassador for the French liqueur St Germain, A native of southern France she knows how to host and enjoy an aperitif ‘a la française’ and will happily share her savoir faire on how to drink French fluently with... Read More →

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Francois Monti

Author & Journalist
François Monti is a Belgian cocktails and spirits writer who has been living in Madrid since 2009. He was one of the writers for French magazine Ginger (Spirited Awards finalist for Best Publication in 2014). His personal blog, Bottoms Up, available in both French and Spanish, is... Read More →
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Carina Soto Velasquez

Carina grew up in Colombia finishing her early schooling in the city of Medellin. She moved to Paris to study French and later Sociology in 2004. After some experience working in restaurants and having always been attracted by the food and beverage industry, she decided to study Marketing... Read More →
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Naren Young

Naren started studying classic cocktails at the tender age of, ahem, 15. Seriously, he did. Over a 20 year career in the hospitality industry, working across many different areas, Naren's skills have taken him around the world in various capacities: from training bartenders and consulting... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Acadia Suite at the Royal Sonesta Hotel