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Wednesday, July 20
 

10:00am

#IfYouBuildItTheyWillCome #BarsGetSocial
“If you build it, they will come”
This is not quite what Kevin Costner heard in Field of Dreams, but it may ring true to bar owners. Physical building is just the start; brand and business building is crucial. Hence the need for social media: a key driver for building a bar's business, every bit as important for a bar as branding, or your team, or menu development, and linked to all those.

Three class-leading exponents of social media (two owners of great bars from London and New York and one craft spirits specialist) will make sure you improve your bar’s social media performance.

Our panelists will give in-depth details of building their businesses through very different social media approaches. We will review the social media activity of other top bars and look at how bars and drink brands can work together on social media.

In addition we will help bar owners (via a private Facebook group discussing best practices) from the time you buy your seminar ticket, through to the seminar in July and beyond. Up to 10 early ticket purchasers will get statistics to help monitor their improvement as well as more detailed one-on-one coaching before the seminar.

In summary this will provide a very practical demonstration as to how bars can improve their social media – and their business - with a variety of skills. Skills practiced by attendees before the seminar. Attending this seminar will be unique, providing tools beforehand, expanded seminar content, and connecting attendees with like-minded experts and professionals to provide ongoing learning afterwards.

Moderators
avatar for Alan Moss

Alan Moss

Co-owner, Artemisia Distribution SARL
Alan Moss led sales and marketing initiatives for Remy-Cointreau's operations in the UK, India and South-East Asia (the last of these with Remy's joint venture with Absolut, Jim Beam and Edrington). Returning to Europe, he managed a long-term consultancy role for Campari International... Read More →

Speakers
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Arun Mirchandani

Arun’s hospitality career includes building bar businesses for the Sheraton, Hyatt and Intercontinental groups in India, Director of Operations for the New York Hospitality Group in the USA (in which role he opened bars in the Czech Republic), Beverage Director at the New York Helmsley... Read More →
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Edmund Weil

Managing Director, Speakeasy Entertainment
After stints in communications and education, Edmund came to the world of hospitality via the Soho House group. In 2010 Edmund and his wife Rosie realised a long-standing dream by opening iconic speakeasy Nightjar, and 5 years later unveiled his second venture, Oriole in London’s... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail

Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail® has grown from a small gathering of cocktail lovers into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. With... Read More →


10:00am

Pumping out Paradise: Secrets Behind a High Volume Tiki Bar
Learn the secrets of serving out mass quantities of multi-ingredient garnish-heavy drinks, from the development of the drink program to setting up the bar, and digging into the mind of a high volume Tiki bartender.

Moderators
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Shelby Allison

partner, Lost Lake
Shelby Allison opened Lost Lake with her partner Paul McGee, Land and Sea Dept., and Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove in January of 2015. Since then, Lost Lake has been named Imbibe magazine’s Cocktail Bar of the Year, earned a semifinalist James Beard Award nomination for Outstanding... Read More →

Speakers
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ErinHayes

Bar Manager, Lost Lake
Native Chicagoan Erin Hayes has worked in the hospitality industry since her very first job making milkshakes and lattes at Grumpy’s Cafe. As soon as she turned 21, she graduated to bartending — though it wasn't until Erin began work for the Boka Group at Lincoln Park restaurant... Read More →
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Mindy Kucan

Lead Bartender, Hale Pele
Mindy has been an avid cocktail maker since 2009. While living in Austin, Texas and working for Hilton Hotels, Mindy started working at Anvil Bar and Refuge in Houston for one day a week to learn the proper techniques in tending bar and making drinks, and was awarded the title of... Read More →
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Paul McGee

partner, Lost Lake
Paul McGee has been a bartender for over 25 years, and since moving to Chicago in 2008, has been named Chicago’s Best Bartender (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015), Chicago Tribune’s Beverage Professional of the Year (2013), Jean Banchet Best Mixologist (2014), and one of Chicago magazine's... Read More →
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Scotty Schuder

Scotty Schuder, the man behind Dirty Dick tiki bar in Paris, was born in the Mojave Desert and first came to Paris in 1998 to witness Les Bleus’ victory over Brazil at the World Cup. Most recently, Scotty worked on the team that created the forthcoming Plantation Old Fashioned... Read More →

Sponsors
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House of Angostura

The House of Angostura®
Capitalizing on its heritage as the world's most well-known maker of aromatic bitters, the House of Angostura® has catapulted into the 21st century with an exquisite range of rums, the magnificent Amaro di Angostura® and of course, ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters and ANGOSTURA® orange... Read More →


1:00pm

Integrating Craft Beer into your Cocktail Program
What beers should be on your menu? How do you appeal to beer geeks and regular guests alike? Which beers do you need for mixology? How do we offer boilermaker combinations that aren't just hipster irony-bingo? What are the logistics of a beer program, anyway? Drinks menus in 2016 have to offer guest appeal, be media-friendly and deliver bottom-line profits, and the answer is BEER! (Well, craft beer, anyway).  Cocktailian consumers are increasingly beer-savvy, and craft beer offers the quality your guests love, profitability to rival your liquor & cocktail program and a  far, far faster speed of service. Join Elayne Duff, AB-InBev's craft beer division Global Event Manager (and former James Beard-nominated mixologist) as she moderates a discussion of best practices from Jackson Cannon (Boston's Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar), Michael Shain (New York's Porchlight, a Danny Meyer cocktail bar) and Rich Higgins (master cicerone, brewmaster, beer consultant and certified sommelier). Craft beer is the new craft liquor!

Moderators
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Elayne Duff

Global Event Manager- Craft Beer, Ab-Inbev
Jet-set mixologist turned craft-beer Event Manager for AB-InBev, the world's largest beer company; Elayne Duff's love of the drinks business has taken a new turn, from shaking and stirring to hops and cask. A native New Yorker, some of Elayne's first jobs after graduating college... Read More →

Speakers
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Jackson Cannon

Owner/Bartender, The Hawthorne
Jackson Cannon Bar Director, Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar Owner/Bartender, The Hawthorne Jackson Cannon has always lived to exacting standards. Son and brother of renowned award- winning journalists Lou and Carl Cannon, Jackson grew up immersed in a world of travel... Read More →
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Rich Higgins

President, Rich Higgins Consultant a la Biere
Rich Higgins is all things beer: brewmaster, beer educator, trainer, public speaker, and a consultant to breweries and restaurants. He is one of 11 Master Cicerones in the world, and additionally is a Certified Sommelier. He has curated beer programs at a dozen San Francisco restaurants... Read More →
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Michael Shain

General Manager, Porchlight
Michael Shain is General Manager of Porchlight, the first stand-alone cocktail bar by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG). Porchlight, a New York bar with a Southern accent, is the brainchild of USHG’s CEO Danny Meyer and Blue Smoke’s Senior Managing Partner... Read More →

Sponsors
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Goose Island Beer Company

Goose Island Beer Company is Chicago’s original craft beer company. Since 1988, the brewery has thrived on continual innovation and a reliance on quality of ingredients. Goose Island pioneered barrel-aged beer with the renowned Bourbon County Brand Stout which sits alongside the... Read More →


3:00pm

Taking the Reins of an Existing Bar Program
You have worked hard, made your way to the top, and finally have the opportunity to take the reigns. What now? The do’s and don’ts of taking someone else’s bar program to the next stage. Join Bar managers Erick Lorincz (The Savoy), Jillian Vose (Dead Rabbit), Ezra Star (Drink), and Jeff Bell (PDT) as they talk about their struggles and accomplishments as the new leaders of these classic bars.

Moderators
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Ezra Star

General Manager/Bar Manager, Drink/Barbara Lynch Gruppo
Beginning in the kitchen at a young age and eventually finding her place behind the bar, Ezra Star has worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry for many years. She spent years studying biochemistry and Public Health as a means to understand complex structures, but the drive... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell

General Manager, PDT
Jeff Bell is the General Manager at PDT in New York City and has been working there since 2010. His career in hospitality began his in 2003 washing dishes and bussing tables as a college freshman. Originally just a flexible job to pay for school turned into much more as he worked... Read More →
avatar for Erik Lorincz

Erik Lorincz

Head Bartender, American bar, The Savoy
Erik started his career graduating from the Hospitality School in his native Slovakia in 1999. Shortly afterwards he came across the first bartending book by Roman Uhlir. This inspired Erik greatly and he decided to take up the opportunity to learn about bartending. He joined a... Read More →
avatar for Jillian Vose

Jillian Vose

Bar Manager, The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog
Jillian Vose is bar manager at The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, located at 30 Water St. in historic Lower Manhattan. Named after a street gang of the era, The Dead Rabbit is the culmination of Belfast barmen Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry’s lifelong dream. It won “World’s Best... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail

Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail® has grown from a small gathering of cocktail lovers into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. With... Read More →


 
Thursday, July 21
 

10:30am

Sound Advice - Better Bar Music
In the rush to design brilliant spaces and stock bars with brilliant products, many otherwise brilliant bars are neglecting their music offering, and failing to stimulate the most powerful sense of all. Sasha Petraske used to say he’d made up his mind whether he liked a place 5 seconds after opening the door. Most of your customers probably do it in half that time. But how can this be if your guests haven’t yet had time to see your bespoke bitters and ice program? The answer is, they make that decision at the speed of sound. Music is the most important way to create an instant atmosphere in your venue. It can be used to instantly tell arriving guests what kind of venue this is, and perhaps more importantly, what kind it is not. Your choice of music, and musicians, can subtly suggest to guests that they sit down, stand up, dance around, and drink up. Managed well, it is a guaranteed way to increase guest satisfaction, create a unique experience, give your guests the best night ever, and even increase your rate of sale. Join failed music promoter Jacob Briars, together with DJ and star tender Nick van Tiel, and music industry veteran Vishal Vasan, to learn the latest technology, how to promote your music offering, how to manage it, and what might be the best music to drink to.

Moderators
avatar for Jacob Briars

Jacob Briars

Advocacy Director, Bacardi
Jacob Briars likes to describe himself as New Zealand’s 7th most famous bartender, but usually that just gets people asking where New Zealand is and who the other 6 bartenders are. For the past few years he has travelled the world as a much-loved spirits educator for some of the... Read More →

Speakers
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Nick van Tiel

Keeping it real
Nick van Tiel is a world-renowned authority on spirits, cocktails and the craft of bartending. He is also an obsessive music fan and has fed this passion by DJing, producing music, and consulting for a number of venues across the world on music and sound design. Beginning his career... Read More →
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Vishal Vasan

Director, W1
World traveling Music & Drinks lover - 50% Kiwi 50% British 100% Indian. Vee has been behind the scene setting up some of New Zealand's most (in)famous bars and restaurants for the past 20 years. From Wellington's Matterhorn to most recently NZ's first members club - Seafarers... Read More →

Sponsors
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Bacardi USA

Bacardi


12:30pm

Sink, Swim or Get Out of the Pool
Creative use of social media, jet-setting bartenders, and the insatiable awards-driven PR machine would lead us to believe cocktail bars everywhere are packed to the rafters 7/7. It can be disheartening to scroll through your feed looking out from behind an empty bar on a Thursday night, but the hard reality is that most bars are not smashing successes from day one. Others never achieve financial stability nor success despite hard work, press, awards, and peer recognition. This seminar will explore some ways bar owners have reacted when finding themselves running a business that isn’t living up to its expected potential, discuss learning how to review your business on a daily basis, and detect when it’s time for a change. Cost cutting and layoffs? Investing in PR? Décor or concept changes? Outright sale of the business and a change of career path? Or the worst case: shut or being shut down! All of these and more will be discussed in this refreshingly candid seminar. Join us for a discussion with Josh Fontaine of Paris’ Quixotic Projects (Candelaria, Glass, Le Mary Celeste, Hero) who will be joined by Julie Reiner of New York’s Flatiron Lounge, Clover Club and Leyenda, and Mat Snapp, Beverage Director of the 44 restaurants of Fox Restaurant Concepts. Henrik Steen Petersen, formerly of Copenhagen Spirits and Cocktails and Moltkes Bar, will round out the panel by discussing how to face your expiration date like a professional, prepare your exit, and make sure your final night will be a happy one for the sake of your business partners, your employees, your guests, and yourself. Whether you will open a new bar, move behind the stick again or seek work as a brand manager, you will be judged on your latest exit! All four will talk us through their darkest hours as they’ve struggled to keep their businesses afloat, how they found the solutions that were right for their particular situation, and how they have become better business owners as a result. Expect shockingly blunt talk and advice from people who have faced the challenge head on and survived to tell the tale. If you’ve ever looked out into the void, this seminar is for YOU. There will be a significant Q&A period; attendees are expected to bring specific questions regarding their own businesses for the panel to address.

Moderators
avatar for Josh Fontaine

Josh Fontaine

Founder, Quixotic Projects
Josh Fontaine is a founder and partner in Quixotic Projects, an unlikely Paris-based hospitality company, along with Adam Tsou and Carina Soto Velasquez. Starting with Candelaria (currently #12 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list and four-time TOTC “Best International Cocktail Bar... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Henrik Steen Petersen

Henrik Steen Petersen

Moltkes Bar & Simply Cocktails
The driving force and vision behind the renowned Moltke’s Bar and the manager of concept, logistics and education at Copenhagen Spirits and Cocktails. Although both projects achieved success they were ultimately shut down. Valuing professionalism and transparency, this was done... Read More →
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Julie Reiner

Co-Owner, Clover Club, Leyenda, and Mixtress Consulting
Julie Reiner has been elevating the cocktail scene in NYC for fifteen years. Most notably with the Flatiron Lounge (2003), the Pegu Club (2005) and Brooklyn’s Clover Club (2008). In 2009, Clover Club won the award for “Best New Cocktail Lounge in the World” at Tales of the Cocktail... Read More →
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Mat Snapp

Beverage Director, Fox Restaurant Concepts
Mat Snapp is currently the Beverage Director of Fox Restaurant Concepts in charge of creative development, standards, practices, training and implementation. In this capacity he oversees forty-four bar programs and twelve seasonally rotating cocktail and beer menus. Mat has been with... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail

Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail® has grown from a small gathering of cocktail lovers into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. With... Read More →


3:00pm

Intelligent Design
From retrofits to new builds, Intelligent Design will cover the step by step process of designing the best cocktail bar equipment for your needs. Selecting and arranging the correct bar equipment is crucial to execute the caliber of bar you desire at the volume you expect. Unfortunately bar design is often an afterthought of both designers and operators. An error that needs to be corrected with a proactive approach towards the expectations of the bar. Our panel of experts will teach you how to analyze the needs of your bar and then select the best stainless option available. In existing bars we will share opportunities to improve your design and equipment on a budget. In new builds we will cover the option to buy prefabricated equipment or build a custom designed bar where the sky's the limit.  Francesco LaFranconi is the Head Mixologist for Southern Wine and Spirits. Not only has he been behind hundreds of bars but has also designed a state of the art custom cocktail station. Tobin Ellis owner of Bar Magic, a beverage consultancy specializing in menu development, training and bar design. He has his own signature line of cocktail minded bar equipment with Perlick, a leader in stainless manufacturing. Joaquin Simo is a proprietor and bartender of Pouring Ribbons in New York, a high volume cocktail bar designed to utilize their tight space extremely efficiently. 

Speakers
avatar for Philip Duff

Philip Duff

Director, Old Duff Genever
Director of Education for Tales of the Cocktail, bar & beverage consultant, founder of door 74 (Amsterdam), in-demand spirits educator, but I never talk about my work at the orphan dolphin sanctuary, do you hear? Never.
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Tobin Ellis

Principal, BarMagic of Las Vegas
Tobin is owner of BarMagic of Las Vegas, a hospitality design & consulting firm established in 1997 that specializes in concept development, bar design, and hospitality operations. BarMagic’s portfolio of clients include MGM Mirage, Marriott/Ritz Carlton, Starbucks Coffee Company... Read More →
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Francesco Lafranconi

Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Educator, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada
One of the world’s foremost mixologist, Francesco Lafranconi is the Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Educator for Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. Francesco’s personal appeal has made him a hit with his A-list celebrity clientele, world-class corporate clients... Read More →
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Joaquin Simo

Bartender/Owner, Pouring Ribbons NYC
Joaquín Simó, 37, has traveled a long way from his native Ecuador in his search for the perfect daiquiri. Raised amongst Cuban family in Miami, he grew up eating fruits and vegetables fresh from his grandfather's farm and helping his father at his French bakery. His epicurean... Read More →
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Shawn Soole

Principal/Owner, S2 Hospitality Concepts
Victorian Bon Vivant at large, Shawn has been behind two of Canada's most nominated and awarded restaurant & bars. Multiple Tales of the Cocktail nominated Clive's Classic Lounge, as founder of Little Jumbo & Author of Cocktail Culture. Shawn's goals are to help continuing to put... Read More →

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Friday, July 22
 

10:00am

Creating Cocktail Culture In Small Cities
A thriving cocktail culture is no longer the bastion of big cities. How do you create a cocktail culture in a city with obstacles such as population density, social media, education and isolation? The panel has worked tirelessly to create one in their respective cities and we will show you the methods behind creating something special in your city. The methods will be able to be applied to other small markets but may also give new tricks of the trade to big city bartenders that may not have been thought about before with real world financial returns.

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Soole

Shawn Soole

Principal/Owner, S2 Hospitality Concepts
Victorian Bon Vivant at large, Shawn has been behind two of Canada's most nominated and awarded restaurant & bars. Multiple Tales of the Cocktail nominated Clive's Classic Lounge, as founder of Little Jumbo & Author of Cocktail Culture. Shawn's goals are to help continuing to put... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brendan Brewster

Brendan Brewster

Brendan Brewster was a journeyman of bartending, travelling and experiencing many bar cultures the world over from a young age. He was instrumental in helping creating and evolving the culture in Edmonton and mentoring many young bartenders in Calgary and the world over. The Big Bear... Read More →
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Bradford Knutson

 Bradford Knutson is currently a bartender at Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen in Olympia, WA. He is also working parttime as a liquor representative for American Northwest Distributors, and proudly representing Geranium and Old English gins in the U.S. as the national brand ambassador... Read More →
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Oron Lerner

Owner, French57
Oron is the owner and bartender of the newly opened French57 bar in Tel Aviv, bringing New Orleans vibes to the middle east, paying homage to the cocktails originating from New Orleans past and present and to the French 75 bar specifically. Before the French57 bar, Oron helped... Read More →

Sponsors
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Hammer & Son and Sacred Micro Distillery

The two UK based miro distilleries, Hammer & Son and Sacred, have teamed up in the United States, sharing sales and distribution. Through Park Street in New Jersey and California, their highly awarded products are available at import prices: Geranium Gin, Old English Gin, Saced Gin... Read More →


1:00pm

Elevating the Dive Bar
Dive bars, Old Man bars, Neighborhood bars. Whatever you call them, our everyday joints are an endangered species, and many that remain are learning that they must adapt their culture and offerings to an evolving clientele or risk losing younger drinkers who expect a well-made cocktail when choosing where to spend their money. Updating a dive bar, especially one with an established culture and storied past, is a delicate proposition. It requires a healthy respect for the past, and a deft hand at interpreting modern cocktail and spirits culture through the lens of the specific people and place in which the change is to occur. How far down the rabbit hole can a joint descend if it is known for bad beer and cheap shots? How to get an established clientele to try new things, and new cocktail drinkers to participate in an existing bar's culture? Can you open a regular joint that offers amazing spirits and thoughtful cocktails? To discuss this and many other questions, we have assembled a panel of respected bar professionals from around the world who have figured out how to strike the balance between looking to the future and honoring the past.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Neff

Michael Neff

Bar Director, Holiday Cocktail Lounge
Michael J. Neff, a 20-year craft cocktail veteran, bartender and entrepreneur, is currently Bar Director at Holiday Cocktail Lounge, the newly-restored haunt of Madonna, Sinatra, Keith Richards and Trotsky. Featured in media across the country as a cocktail haven with dive-bar sensibilities... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alastair Burgess

Alastair Burgess

Organiser, Happiness Forgets
ALASTAIR BURGESS Alastair Burgess is the owner of renowned London cocktail bars Happiness Forgets and Original Sin. He has worked in the business for nearly 20 years and is considered one of the first people to open a New York style cocktail bar in Europe. He has become a voice for... Read More →
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Mike Miller

Owner, Delilah\'s
I own Delilah's, Chicago's premiere cavern tavern, for the past 22 years. We carry over 1000 spirits including 800 Whiskeys. I judge booze for Tastings/BTI as well as a number of other specialty events. I throw a party for a living, let's talk.
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Damian Windsor

Beverage Director, Cocktails & Dreams LLC.
Juggling many hats as Bartender at Roger Room, Beverage Director at Westbound and partner at Church Bar. Damian has lived and worked in Canberra, Sydney, New York, Toronto, New York again, Miami and Los Angeles. I have rounded out the life experience with a Wife, 2 kids, a Cat... Read More →

Sponsors
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Heaven Hill

America's largest family-owned and operated distilled spirits producer and marketer, Heaven Hill Brands has grown beyond its traditional roots as a Bourbon distiller to become the country's seventh largest overall distilled spirits producer and marketer with a portfolio of well-known... Read More →


 
Saturday, July 23
 

10:30am

Avoiding Theft in Bars
Are the majority of annual losses that result in bars often addressed to occupational hazards of a cash business or written off as five finger discounts? Other than intent, there's very little difference between a bottle of booze breaking in the well, it being consumed by the staff, or sold for cash and straight into somebody's pocket. From catching employee theft to employees drinking the bar dry, what are the clear indicators that can help you detect your systems falling by the wayside? When payroll taxes are high, allowing a bartender to supplement their income by a certain amount of "stealing" can be cheaper than paying them a higher salary, so who's really to blame? In addition to who is controlling the purse strings, even theft among partners can be a common denominator without clear advocacy for transparency. In this seminar we will discuss the different types of shortages associated with bars- employee/ owner theft, theft among partners, careless cash systems, and how they affect employee morale and the bottom line of your profit and loss statement and what can legally be done about it. In the end we are all one big happy family, but who's being held up with their hands in the air and who's got their hands in the cookie jar? A polygraph machine is available upon request.

Moderators
avatar for Philip Duff

Philip Duff

Director, Old Duff Genever
Director of Education for Tales of the Cocktail, bar & beverage consultant, founder of door 74 (Amsterdam), in-demand spirits educator, but I never talk about my work at the orphan dolphin sanctuary, do you hear? Never.

Speakers
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Ivy Mix

Co-Owner and Head Bartender, Leyenda
Ivy Mix is Co­Owner and Head Bartender of Leyenda, her pan­Latin cocktail bar in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, backed by her long­time mentor, Julie Reiner. Leyenda pays tribute to her years of living and bartending in Guatemala, as well as extensive travels throughout all of Latin... Read More →

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12:30pm

No Reservations - Hotel Bars Old and New
When you think of the Golden Age of the Cocktail, many of the names of the bars we revere are not so much bars as bars within hotels - the American Bar, the Old Waldorf Astoria, the Caribe Hilton, and many more. Even the renaissance of the cocktail was fueled in large part by bars like the Met in London, and the trend spread around the globe fueled by a jet set of cocktail lovers and the bartenders who served them. The 21st Century traveler wanted the same standard of drinks, and service, whether they were in San Francisco or Sydney or Seoul, and top bartenders were recruited from cocktail capitals to bring that standard to far flung fields. But the Hotel Bar is both consistent and continually evolving. What makes a great Hotel Bar, and a great Hotel Bartender?  Our well travelled panel of hotel insiders and regular guests - Josh Wagner of the Edition Group, Erik Lorincz of the Savoy Hotel, Chris Lowder of Charles H in Seoul, travel writer Mark Ellwood, together with bar industry veterans Simon Ford and Jacob Briars - will take you on a journey through time and place. From the early hotel bars where Willard and Thomas plied their trade, to the Gilded Age, the Golden Age, the Jet Age and beyond, learn how the Hotel Bar took the Cocktail across America and around the world.  We will explore what makes a great hotel bar, go behind the scenes to explore the constraints and challenges of bringing great cocktails to life in a Hotel environment, and explore how the Hotel Bar is evolving to serve a new generation of travelers, and what that means for young bartenders who aspire to work in this incredible part of the industry, and learn the secrets of successful hotel management. We will explore how hotel operators like the Ace are making the bar the central part of the hotel experience, and how some bar owners are taking the logical next step, and opening hotels themselves. And we'll reveal the Hotel Bars we think set the standard today and in years to come.

Moderators
avatar for Jacob Briars

Jacob Briars

Advocacy Director, Bacardi
Jacob Briars likes to describe himself as New Zealand’s 7th most famous bartender, but usually that just gets people asking where New Zealand is and who the other 6 bartenders are. For the past few years he has travelled the world as a much-loved spirits educator for some of the... Read More →

Speakers
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Mark Ellwood

British-born, New York–based Mark Ellwood has lived out of a suitcase for most of his adult life. Mark writes regularly about luxury, including cocktail culture, for the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Departures and Condé Nast Traveler, where he is a contributing... Read More →
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Simon Ford

Cofounder, FORDS GIN
Cocktail bars and Gin
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Erik Lorincz

Head Bartender, American bar, The Savoy
Erik started his career graduating from the Hospitality School in his native Slovakia in 1999. Shortly afterwards he came across the first bartending book by Roman Uhlir. This inspired Erik greatly and he decided to take up the opportunity to learn about bartending. He joined a... Read More →
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Christopher Lowder

Creator, Becoming a Bartender
Chris Lowder is Head Bartender at the Four Seasons in Seoul, South Korea. As Head Bartender, Chris is responsible for cocktail creation and beverage menu curation for the hotel's six bars and restaurants, as well as banquets and room service. In its opening year (2016), his flagship... Read More →
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Josh Wagner

Director of Culture & Entertainment, Miami Beach EDITION
Joshua Wagner, Director of Culture and Entertainment for The Miami Beach EDITION, began his career in the entertainment and hospitality industry at a young age. While an undergraduate student at University of Wisconsin, Wagner and his friends founded a lucrative entertainment and... Read More →

Sponsors
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Bacardi USA

Bacardi


3:00pm

Having a Theme Without Being a Theme Bar
There is a narrow line between a bar having a theme (good) and being a theme bar (not so good). What does it take to pull this off successfully? How can a bar honor a theme without being predictable, pigeon-holed or clichéed? In this seminar, we will meet three successful bar operators who manage to walk this line gracefully and with outstanding results, including each of their bars being named among 2016's "Best Bars in America" by Esquire Magazine. They include Mark Maynard-Parisi, creator of Porchlight, a New York bar with a Southern accent and a 24-year veteran of Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, Neal Bodenheimer, creator of Cane & Table, which nods to Havana and tiki, who is also behind Cure in New Orleans, and Josh Mazza, creator of Seamstress, which takes 19th century homesteading as its inspiration without veering into kitsch or literalism, as well as The Gilroy and the newly-opened Belle Shoals.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Anstendig

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Neal Bodenheimer

Neal Bodenheimer

Owner, Cure, Cane & Table, and Bellocq
Born in New Orleans, Bodenheimer began working in a bar at age 18. After graduating from theUniversity of Texas at Austin, he embarked on a year- long trip around the world with a focus on exploring food and beverage traditions. Hungry to get back to the states and start working... Read More →
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Mark Maynard-Parisi

Co-Founder/ Managing Partner of Porchlight, Union Square Hospitality Group
Mark Maynard-Parisi is Co-Founder/Managing Partner at Porchlight, Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG)’s first stand-alone cocktail bar, located in New York’s West Chelsea. Mark, a 24-year veteran of USHG, together with the group’s CEO, Danny Meyer, conceptualized... Read More →
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Josh Mazza

Born in Canberra, Australia, Josh Mazza found his love of wine and all things hospitality in the wine regions of Central Victoria after a family move to the regional center of Bendigo. Studying with the Australian Sommeliers Association to acquire accreditation as a Sommelier only... Read More →

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Diplomatico Rum

The history of Diplomático began in Venezuela in 1959 with the establishment of a distillery, out of a partnership between Venezuela’s best rum distilleries and Seagram’s International . In 2002 the company was acquired by a group of Venezuelan entrepreneurs, most of them with... Read More →


 


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