Rumba (Seattle, WA)
Jen is an 11 year industry veteran of several of Seattle’s cocktail institutions, including Oliver’s Twist, Tavern Law/Needle & Thread, and Rumba. Over her career she has garnered multiple accolades, national write-ups, and top cocktail competition placements, including Speed Rack, and MIB; most recently she was awarded PUNCH magazine’s “Ultimate Ti’ Punch” title. Jen is currently the GM and Chief Rumtender at Rumba, Seattle, where she’s been since 2016. Under her leadership Rumba has garnered consecutive Top 10 nods for Best Cocktail Bar – West, as well as 2018 and 2019 World’s Best Spirits Collection at Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards. In her spare time, Jen travels to rum destinations of the world, mixing her business and pleasure, but enjoying her rums neat.
Devil's Reef Bar (Tacoma, WA)
Jason started out his barkeeping career inside a coffee shop that he and his wife owned and operated in 2010. In many failed attempts to find his voice in the spirit world, it wasn’t until he discovered proper Mai Tais, Navy Grogs and Zombies that he found his true calling. Shortly thereafter, the coffee shop gave way to a night time bar business where exotic drinks were prepared and consumed at an exponential rate. This led to the birth of the Tacoma Cabana and a more appropriate setting to delve deeper into exotic tiki drink making, rum collecting and a full on immersion into the lifestyle. It was here that Jason won Best Cocktails in Western Washington for 5 consecutive years while bringing home an Iron Tikitender title. But that was only the beginning. Enter Devil’s Reef…a dark nautical tiki concept masterminded by Jason and his wife to further explore the depths and boundaries of tiki drinks, exotic cocktails and rums.
Heather Arndt Anderson
Heather Arndt Anderson is an award-winning food writer, culinary historian, and botanist based in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Atlantic, and she’s appeared on the podcasts The Splendid Table and The Four Top. Heather is the author of four single-subject books of culinary history, including Berries: A Global History and Portland: A Food Biography. She also runs recipe tests and teaches cooking classes from her historic farmhouse kitchen.
No Anchor (Seattle, WA)
Anu Apte-Elford is the sole proprietor of cocktail den Rob Roy and co-owns newly opened Vinnie’s Raw Bar along with two award winning bars, No Anchor, and Navy Strength. She also owns bar tool haven, The BAR BAZAAR. Rob Roy continues to achieve national and international accolades. No Anchor was given a James Beard nod and Navy Strength just won Best New American Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail. She has bartended all over the world, and at over 40 bars in the U.S. She has taught classes at Tales of the Cocktail, The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, The Bar Institute, and the Toronto Cocktail Conference. She has and been included in too many articles and books to count. In 2014 She was invited to present a cocktail at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution for the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner. She has a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Utah and has successfully tested for the BAR 5 Day program.
Westward American Single Malt Whiskey (Los Angeles, CA)
Brooke Arthur serves as Vice President, Global Education and Advocacy for Westward American Single Malt whiskey, the highest rated American Single Malt and a whiskey of Northwest provenance. She joined the company (then House Spirits) in 2012, and brings more than 20 years of drinks industry experience to the Westward team. Together with CEO and Co-Owner Thomas Mooney, Brooke spearheads Westward Whiskey’s marketing efforts. Day to day, she manages the Consumer Marketing team while sharing her own best practices in national advocacy, social media and national events. She works hand in hand with Redwood Brands, Westward’s sales organization, where she builds and manages marketing deliverables for their sales team in major U.S. markets. Brooke also provides training and management for national tasting events with chain and non-chain retail outlets.
Prior to her current role, Brooke managed the company’s Brand Supporter program, a team then dedicated to Aviation American Gin, which was sold to Davos brands in 2017. Under her guidance, Brooke and her team grew sales volumes by 80 percent in the on-premise over the course of a five year period. In this role, Brooke recruited, trained, and managed nearly 30 employees in 16 markets around the world, while also spearheading global events on behalf of the brand. Beyond her work with Westward, Brooke has been nationally recognized as a leading voice in the industry, earning a variety of awards and accolades for her work. Most recently, Brooke was inducted into the revered Dame Hall of Fame in 2018. She also
earned the highly-coveted award for Best Brand Ambassador at Tales of the Cocktail 2015, becoming the first ever craft distiller ambassador to earn this recognition.
Bon Appétit (New York, NY)
At 17, Andy Baraghani began working at world-renowned restaurant, Chez Panisse. From there, he continued his culinary training in some of the top restaurants around the country, including Gary Danko, Corton, and Estela. By the time he was 21, he was running a monthly pop-up featuring seasonal Iranian food outside of his Brooklyn apartment. In 2015, he joined Bon Appétit as senior food editor where he develops recipes and hosts a regular video series for the brand. Andy is featured on Bon Appétit’s new TV show Making Perfect and is the host of his own soon-to-be-released show, The World’s Kitchen. Find him on Instagram @andybaraghani.
The Joy of Cooking (Portland, OR)
John Becker grew up surrounded by the natural and gastronomic splendor of the Pacific Northwest. Spending his childhood between Portland, Oregon and Cincinnati, John learned to appreciate a range of approaches to cooking. His father taught him the art of improvisation in the kitchen, and his mother instilled in him open-mindedness and a love of bold flavors and spice. After earning a degree obsessing over the writings of Irish Modernist James Joyce, John helped publish seventeen collections of literary essays. John has now turned exclusively to matters culinary, ensuring that Joy will continue to meet the high standards expected by its readership. John currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Megan, and their two cats, Loki and Kishu.
Castagna (Portland, OR)
Brent came to Portland in his early 20’s to live a life of merry music making but instead ended up drinking all of the wine. He then discovered that if you drink enough wine, people will give you a job where you get to drink even more wine. What a time to be alive… He has been the Wine Director at award-winning Castagna since 2014 and recently partnered with some cool people to open Ok Omens, a small natural wine focused bar and restaurant. In 2017, he was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Sommeliers of the Year and in 2018 he was awarded a coveted Starchefs Rising Star award, becoming one of only three Portland somms to ever receive this award. Oh, and he’s got a pretty chill pet rabbit and apparently likes riesling alot.
Bon Appétit (New York, NY)
Hilary Cadigan is an associate editor at Bon Appétit, where she focuses on restaurants and food culture for both print and digital. She was born in Texas and raised in Massachusetts, but is currently based in New York City. Before joining the BA team, Hilary served as food editor for Atlanta’s beloved alt-weekly, Creative Loafing, and managing editor at Citylife magazine in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she lived for three years and conquered her fears of motorbikes, bird’s eye chilis, and eating bugs. She’s also written for The Atlantic, Nylon, Salon, Atlanta Magazine, Eater, HuffPo, and other publications, finding her niche in the intersections between food, travel, human rights, and social issues–with a bit of humor thrown in for good measure.
Apartment Bartender (Denver, CO)
Elliott Clark is the founder and creative director of Apartment Bartender, a digital content agency that specializes in the hospitality and lifestyle industry, with an emphasis on spirits and cocktails. Elliott is also the Co-Founder of Earn Your Booze, an event and apparel company focused on bridging the gap between fitness and drink culture.
Imbibe (Portland, OR)
Paul Clarke is the Executive Editor of Imbibe magazine and the author of The Cocktail Chronicles. He considers coffee, rum and wine essential parts of a liquid diet. He lives in Seattle.
Day Wines (Dundee, OR)
Brianne Day is the winemaker and owner of Day Wines, and the owner of Day Camp, a shared winery in Dundee, Oregon. Brianne, a native of the Pacific Northwest, became interested in “old school” winemaking while traveling in Europe and learned to make wine from mentors both locally and abroad who honed this philosophy. Prior to launching Day Wines, Brianne gained background in the industry from multiple perspectives. She worked with wineries The Eyrie Vineyards, Brooks Winery, Grochau Cellars, Belle Pente and Scott Paul, and worked harvests in New Zealand, Argentina and France. She gained wine sales and restaurant experience while working at Portland’s Le Pigeon and Little Bird Bistro, and during a five-year internship at Storyteller Wine Company. She also sold barrels for a Bordeaux cooperage, Saury, which provided many opportunities to listen and learn from winemakers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Brianne was named a “40 Under 40 Tastemaker” by Wine Enthusiast, was highlighted as a “Rebel Woman Winemaker” by Punch, and has been heralded as “leading the next generation of natural Oregon winemakers” by Eater. Her winery was featured in Architectural Digest and her wines have been written about in Vogue, The New York Times, PUNCH, Bon Appétit, Wine Spectator, Sunset and Portland Monthly, among others.
No Anchor Bar (Seattle, WA)
Though he has been in hospitality since his 21st year, it wasn’t until moving to NYC in 2010 that Chris Elford came alive in the world of bars. It was there at age 28 that he cut his teeth at esteemed cocktail bar Amor Y Amargo, before opening East Village beer bar Proletariat in 2012. Later that year he opened Saison in Richmond, VA to critical acclaim before heading to Seattle, where he rose to national prominence. In Seattle he and his wife Anu opened beer bar No Anchor, tiki bar Navy Strength, and their newest addition to the fold, the natural wine-focused Vinnie’s Raw Bar. His highest achievements were realized in these comfy spaces, with No Anchor receiving James Beard nominations for both Best New Restaurant and Outstanding Bar Program, and Navy Strength taking home top honors as the Best New American Cocktail Bar at the 2018 Tales of the Cocktail ‘Spirited Awards.’ His passion is and has always been for delicious food and drinks with an eye towards the adventurous and a caring dose of hospitality and inclusivity.
Bar Norman (Portland, OR)
Dana has been working in restaurants for over 16 years, with most of her attention paid to wine, even when she should have been focusing on other things. She has been the wine director at multi-award winning Ava Gene’s, named one of Food & Wine’s Sommeliers of the Year and Bon Appetit’s Sommeliers to Watch, and opened her own spot, Bar Norman, her ode to good music, natural wine and the people who make it, in 2018. Her first book, Wine Food, written with co-author and friend Andrea Slonecker, was published last year. Dana and her husband have a winery (Bow & Arrow), an eight-year-old (Orly), and spend their free time trying to chill out (impossible).
Palomar (Portland, OR)
Like the cocktail, Ricky Gomez was born in the Southern city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Following the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Ricky’s passion for great cocktails strengthened with the reopening of New Orleans landmark restaurant, Commander’s Palace. There, Ricky learned the importance of fresh ingredients and helped perfect recipes inspired by pre-prohibition era cocktails to pair with the restaurant’s seasonal menu. Ricky was also part of the opening team at Cure, one of the most critically acclaimed cocktail destinations in the country. During his tenure, Ricky harnessed his creativity, style and palette to demonstrate the art of the crafted cocktail through both classic and innovative recipes. In 2012 Gomez entered Diageo World Class U.S. and through his success in the program’s four challenges, was named the first ever Diageo World Class U.S. Winner. After serving as Diageo World Class Ambassador for two years, Ricky returned back to his hometown of New Orleans and back behind the bar at Cure. He later was the opening head bartender at Compere Lapin along side Top Chef competitor and James Beard winner, Nina Compton. Most recently Ricky has returned to Portland, Oregon to fulfill his dream of opening his own bar. Taking inspiration from his family’s heritage he opened up Palomar in April 2018. Palomar has quickly become one of the top bars in Portland, earning recognition as Bar of the Year by The Oregonian newspaper and online publication Eater Portland.
(Los Angeles, CA)
Jason Horn has been writing about food, drinks and travel for more than a decade, for publications including Playboy, Robb Report, PUNCH, Travel Channel, Thrillist, The Daily Beast and Garden & Gun. He was previously on staff at Cooking Light and Liquor.com, and holds a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. A resident of Los Angeles, he’s been covering cannabis since it became legal for recreational use in California in 2018, though his mom’s been telling him the story of how she wrote a paper on legalizing pot in her freshman-year college rhetoric class since he was a kid.
Vini Portugal (Portugal)
A native of Brazil, Jardim’s first memories of wine come from the leisurely Sunday brunches when his father would serve slightly chilled Chianti “in fiasco” to offset the tropical heat. Wine took a more serious turn for him while working in Public Relations for the Number One Restaurant Group, immediately after graduating college with a degree in Communications. Jardim moved to San Francisco in 1988 and worked at several of the top restaurants in the city while continuing his education in food and wine. While working as an Assistant Wine Buyer at the legendary Ashbury Market, he successfully completed the Foundation and Advanced Courses at Sterling’s School of Service and Hospitality in Napa Valley, taught by a renowned team of Master Sommeliers, led by Evan Goldstein. He then passed the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Course with a special commendation for one of the highest scores. With the opening of Eos Restaurant and Wine Bar in San Francisco in 1995 he had the opportunity to team up with Debbie Zachareas to co-created one of the most famous cutting-edge wine programs in the country and became the sole Wine Director from 1999 until 2001. From 2001 to 2013 Jardim held the Wine Director position at one of San Francisco’s iconic restaurants Jardinière, then a partnership between Chef Traci Des Jardins, twice a James Beard Award Winner and Restaurant Designer Pat Kuleto. At Jardinière he and his team earned the highest four-star rating for service from Michael Bauer at the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2010 Sunset magazine named Jardim Sommelier of The Year! From 2001 until 2003 he taught an immensely popular class at the University of Berkeley Extension on the ‘Wines of America and Europe’. He has established many critically acclaimed wine programs for restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, including: Chef Loretta Keller’s Coco 500, San Francisco magazine’s Rising Star Chef Jessica Boncutter’s Bar Jules, Chef Elizabeth Faulkner’s Citizen Cake and Orson, Chef Traci Des Jardins’ Manzanita at the Ritz-Carlton Highlands Resort in Tahoe and, most recently, Black Cat Restaurant and Jazz Club. Jardim has been featured in various wine publications in the U.S. His passion for wine has taken him to the most important wine growing regions of the world. He has extensively toured Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, South Africa and the United States. His travels also earned him mentions in magazines and newspapers in England, Germany, Spain and Brazil. Currently, as an Independent Wine Consultant, Sommelier and Wine Educator, he conducts high-profile, private and corporate wines classes, seminars and tastings, in the U.S and Brazil, while acting as the Brand Ambassador for Ernest Vineyards, a new and exciting boutique Sonoma Coast producer. In January 2014 Jardim became a partner of Esprit de Champagne, a small import company dedicated to bringing the finest Grower Champagnes to the U.S. market. In 2015, he was selected to become the first Wines of Portugal U.S. Ambassador overseeing and supporting Portugal’s education and marketing initiatives in the USA. He is also the acting Director of Wine Studies at the San Francisco Cooking School and an Adjunct Professor at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone Napa Valley. Eugenio Jardim brings passion and creativity to all the projects he is involved in, insisting that everyone’s encounter with wine should be fun, illuminating and exciting.
Worthy Park Estate (Jamaica)
Even though he was born and raised just outside of Toronto, coming from a very large Chinese-Jamaican family meant that Kong was never too far from his ‘roots and culture.’ This usually meant many family gatherings with a lot of laughs, too much food and of course, rum! His rum journey with Worthy Park began in 2015 after a chance meeting with his (now) boss, Gordon Clarke; and joined the Worthy Park team to develop and grow the export side of the business. In his current capacity he wears many “hats” from sales to marketing to product development to acting as both brand advocate and educator. Loving his island home more than anything, come join him as he talks all things Jamaica, Worthy Park and of course rum!
Carla Lalli Music
Bon Appétit (New York, NY)
Carla Lalli Music is the food director at Bon Appétit, where she oversees the brand’s food and recipe content in print and across all digital platforms. She writes frequently for the magazine and its websites—Bonappetit.com, Basically, and Healthyish—and is a frequent guest on the Bon Appétit foodcast. Music loves hosting recipe videos in the BA test kitchen and is always excited to talk a celebrity through a dish on Back-to-Back Chef. Her cookbook, Where Cooking Begins, was published in March 2019. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons. Find her on Instagram @lallimusic.
Bon Appétit (New York, NY)
Brad Leone is the host of Bon Appétit’s It’s Alive, which focuses on food fermentation projects. Brad is also the host of the free TV show It’s Alive: Goin’ Places, where he explores central Texas’ culinary offerings in the series’ first season. Brad grew up hunting and fishing with his dad and spent a lot of time in the woods. There, he learned respect for ingredients and nature in general. Cooking has always been a major part of Brad’s life and his passion ultimately led him to join the Bon Appétit team in 2011. Find him on Instagram @brad_leone.
Emily Elyse Miller
Breakfast: The Cookbook (New York, NY)
Emily Elyse Miller is an internationally renowned authority on breakfast. Through her BreakfastClub series she’s hosted 40 plus events in over a dozen cities around the globe. Fine dining chefs opened their restaurants in the morning to prepare a one-time-only breakfast for Emily’s network of lauded artists, editors, and influencers, inspiring creative conversation. In May 2019, Phaidon published Emily’s first cookbook, Breakfast: The Cookbook, featuring 380 traditional breakfast recipes from 80 countries. Emily researched, developed, and tested these recipes over three years of traveling and talking to people about morning routines and what they eat for breakfast, all while hosting breakfast tours in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and writing global food trend reports.
Hey Love (Portland, OR)
Emily Mistell, an internationally recognized and award-winning bartender and owner of Hey Love, brings an unparalleled level of expertise to the Portland beverage world. With more than a decade of hustle in curating experiences in the social scene. Emily’s work as bar manager at Portland’s Rum Club helped earn it the Esquire magazine accolade of “One of the Best Bars in America.”
Glady's (Brooklyn, NY)Shannon Mustipher is an author, spirits educator, and expert on the topic of rum and cane spirits. Since 2014, she has helmed the bar program at Glady’s Caribbean in Brooklyn, and has poured cocktails in settings ranging from neighborhood pubs to Michelin restaurants. In addition to working with spirits brands across a range of categories, she is one of the founders of Women Who Tiki, a roving tropical cocktail-centric pop up that features the talents of women bartenders in venues across the U.S. Shannon’s writing, cocktail recipes, and opinions have been featured in a number of publications, including Imbibe Magazine (Imbibe 75 to Watch 2019) The LATimes, Punch.com, GQ.com, Li
quor.com, and New York Magazine. Her first book, TIKI: Modern Tropical Cocktails (Rizzoli/Universe) was released in Spring 2019.
eem (Portland, OR)
A veteran in the Portland bartending scene, Eric has worked or consulted at a number of top bar programs including Laurelhurst Market, Expatriate, Pok Pok, Jacqueline, Langbaan and Suttle Lodge & Boathouse. He is co-owner of eem, a Thai/BBQ cocktail joint. Eric’s cocktails have been featured in several publications and he is well known for his creative takes on Spirit-Free drinks as well as unique and groundbreaking cocktails he has designed from scratch.
L'Oursin (Seattle, WA)
Kathryn cut her teeth in natural wine working many years under Marc Papineau at the original Bar Ferd’nand before joining Zac Overman and J.J. Proville to open L’Oursin in 2016. With her as Wine Director they’ve received accolades including Imbibe magazine’s Wine Bar of the Year, and a James Beard nod for Best Wine Program. Kathryn’s been mentioned in Bon Appétit, Wine Enthusiast, and Seattle’s regional media as well as Sprudge, PUNCH and Condé Nast. She’s most passionate about connecting people and wine and wine people in the Pacific Northwest, spending time with her husband Taber and their cat Georgetown, and sharing her love for every misfit and underdog under the sun.
L'Oursin (Seattle, WA)
Zac Overman is the co-owner and beverage director of L’Oursin, a bar and restaurant in Seattle, WA. He enjoys daiquiris, armagnac, and the fact that his bar is more renowned for its James Beard-nominated wine program than its cocktails, due in no small part to Wine Director/Co-Conspirator Kathryn Olson. Before opening L’Oursin with Chef J.J. Proville, he managed the bar at Seattle’s Sitka & Spruce and Brooklyn’s Fort Defiance. Before that he lived in North Carolina, where the pulled pork is vinegary and the tea is sweet.
Rumba (Seattle, WA)
Kate Perry’s adoration for rum began with the opening of Rumba, one of the country’s foremost specialty rum bars in Seattle, Washington, where she spent six years behind and managing the bar, sharing her passion and enthusiasm for sugarcane spirits. In 2017, she took a position to manage La Maison & Velier’s portfolio and introduction to the U.S. market. Kate champions authenticity, transparency and honesty and works to heighten the respect for the category of rum, its production and producers, through education.
Pruf Cultivar (Portland, OR)
Jeremy combines decades of cannabis horticulture experience with cutting-edge technology to deliver previously unattainable consistency in both product quality and consumer effect. He has consulted with researchers, advised members of the US Congress, served on the OLCC’s rule-making advisory committee, co-founded Cultivation Classic, sits on the board of Cannabis Cares, and co-founded Farma; his involvement in cannabis advancement spans over years of experience. He is now the Director of Production Science at Pruf Cultivar.
Quady North (Jacksonville, OR)
Bio coming soon!
Bon Appétit (New York, NY)
Adam Rapoport joined Bon Appétit in 2011 as editor in chief, and with his distinct point of view reinvented the food lifestyle category. With 28 National Magazine Award nominations, including wins in 2014 and 2017 for General Excellence; 22 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award nominations, and 74 Society of Publication Designers nominations, he has made Bon Appétit the most decorated food brand in the industry. As editorial director of Epicurious, he relaunched and re-branded the iconic cooking website. Under Adam’s leadership, Bon Appétit has soared to new digital heights. It boasts a robust video platform, the No. 1 food podcast on iTunes (which Adam hosts), and more than 2 million social followers each on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Adam is a frequent guest on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, and NPR. Follow him on Instagram @rapoport.
Pedal Bike Tours (Portland, OR)
Todd Roll believes biking is the best way to experience a city – especially Portland. His desire to make biking accessible to all spawned his sightseeing company, Pedal Bike Tours, as well as his book, Pedal Portland: 25 Easy Rides To Explore The City (Timber Press). With a business motto that “no spandex is required,” and city tours like the Donuts of Portland, Pedal aims to get people of all ages and fitness levels out to explore the most bike friendly large city in America. Pedal was awarded the 2016 Portland Award by Travel Portland for overall contribution to the promotion of Portland and Oregon’s visitor industry.
Bit By A Fox (Los Angeles, CA)
Founder & Editor of Bit by a Fox – Saveur magazine’s Readers’ Choice Best Cocktail Blog in 2014, Prairie Rose is an LA-based drinks writer, trained sommelier, events producer, and podcast host.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Brooklyn, NY)
Emily Rosenberg, based in Brooklyn, NY, is the Senior Curriculum and Education Manager at Stumptown Coffee Roasters. She was on the path to becoming a professor of French Cultural Studies when the coffee industry flipped her plans upside down. For over a decade, she’s been on a journey that has combined her love for education with her passion for coffee. When she’s not teaching baristas to brew the perfect cup, Emily enjoys cooking and baking and visiting museums around the city.
The Joy of Cooking (Portland, OR)
Megan Scott is the newest member of the Joy clan. She has worked for the cookbook since 2010, when she and John met and immediately bonded over a shared love of blue cheese and Cheddar biscuits. Megan’s culinary education began in the South, where she learned to cook from a long line of matriarchs. She grew up in a farming family, shucking corn and snapping green beans for as far back as she can remember. She has been a cheesemaker’s apprentice, a baker, and an assistant pastry chef, and in addition to her work for Joy she is the culinary director of a creative culinary agency in Portland, Oregon.
Rum Club (Portland, OR)
I’ve been bartending for over 20 years and have owned Rum Club since 2011. I love rum.
Teardrop Lounge (Portland, OR)
Daniel Shoemaker began his career in the middle of the microbrew revolution in San Francisco in the early 1990’s, and subsequently slung his wealth of hops over the next 12 years. Just as the cocktail renaissance was heading into full swing in the Bay Area, he relocated to Portland, OR, a city already renowned for its profound commitment to excellence in food and beverage. After diligent research and too much time at his home bar during a lengthy opening period, he opened Teardrop Lounge in 2007, pioneering the next generation of cocktails in Portland. Placing a strong emphasis on homemade ingredients, Teardrop embraces the seasonal, the eccentric, and the esoteric. The first principles of cocktail construction, an examination of all components used to build an exquisite drink, and further standards of excellence became the signature hallmark of the venue. Daniel was quickly named Best Bartender by in a variety of publications, and Teardrop Lounge has received a wealth of accolades from Esquire, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, and Playboy. Over the subsequent years, Daniel provided mentorship for a large portion of Portland’s talented bartenders, and Teardrop has remained a launching pad for some of the city’s greatest talent.
Sunday School Wine (Portland, OR)
Martin is a freelance writer working in the US and UK, focusing on all things wine, food and travel. As wine columnist at the Portland Mercury, he spent years demystifying fermented grape topics for a general audience. His qualifications include: Symposium for Professional Wine Writers fellowship recipient, certificate in Wine Business (Sonoma University) and certified WSET Intermediate. You can also find him chatting about wine with radio personality Tom Leykis, and as a wine judge for fancy competitions. In 2017 he co-founded Sunday School, a wine education and events company. Their classes, dinners, happy hours and parties are designed so that anyone, regardless of their level of knowledge, can learn about and enjoy wine. Sunday School also established Alt Wine Fest specifically to celebrate the fantastic diversity of Oregon’s grape varieties, and was featured teaching a class on the Charms and Wonders of Oregon Wine for the PBS Food show Original Fare.
Sunday School Wine (Portland, OR)
Mallory is a sommelier and wine professional. She began her accidental, but love-at-first-sight, affair with wine over a decade ago when the owner of her neighborhood bar showed her that wine didn’t have to be pompous and affected—it could actually be fun. Since then, she has employed her passion in tasting rooms and bars throughout Portland and Los Angeles. In 2017 she co-founded Sunday School, a wine education and events company. Their classes, dinners, happy hours and parties are designed so that anyone, regardless of their level of knowledge, can learn about and enjoy wine. Sunday School also established Alt Wine Fest specifically to celebrate the fantastic diversity of Oregon’s grape varieties, and was featured teaching a class on the Charms and Wonders of Oregon Wine for the PBS Food show Original Fare.
Humboldt Distillery (Fortuna, CA)
Abe Stevens is the Founder and Head Distiller of Humboldt Distillery, a certified organic distillery located in Humboldt County, California. Abe has degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Chicago, with previous careers as a pharmaceutical chemist and professional poker player. Humboldt Distillery’s products include their best selling Organic Vodka and Humboldt’s Finest, their hemp-infused vodka that recently won a double-gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Sean P. Sullivan
Wine Enthusiast (Seattle, Washington)
Sean P. Sullivan is a contributing editor to Wine Enthusiast magazine covering Washington and Idaho. He is also the founder of Washington Wine Report, an online publication dedicated to the wines and wineries of the Pacific Northwest. The site is a four-time finalist and two-time winner for ‘Best Single Subject Wine Blog’ from the Wine Blog Awards. A native of Massachusetts, Sullivan moved to Washington in 2000 to pursue a love of mountain climbing. Captivated by the area’s exploding wine scene, in 2005 he began writing wine reviews and distributing them via email before founding Washington Wine Reports as an on-line site in 2007. Sullivan has authored over 175 print articles and published more than 1,700 blog posts on Northwest wine. In addition to his work at Wine Enthusiast and Washington Wine Report, Sullivan is a regular contributor to Seattle Metropolitan and Washington Tasting Room. He resides in Seattle, Washington.
Kyle Linden Webster
Expatriate (Portland, OR)
Kyle Linden Webster is an American bartender, designer, and restauranteur. While early interests and abilities seemed to indicate a life in journalism and the record business, Webster made a conscious break from such paths at the age of 27, immersing himself in the practice of hospitality, the study of wine, and the art of a balanced cocktail. His work has been featured in GQ, Imbibe, Bon Appétit, and Saveur. Webster opened Expatriate, his Portland, Oregon cocktail lounge with drinking snacks by Chef Naomi Pomeroy, in July of 2013. The recipient of much acclaim since, Expatriate has been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Portland Monthly, Sip Northwest, USA Today, and on Esquire TV’s Best Bars in America. Bon Appétit named Expatriate one of the 50 Best New Restaurants in the country in 2014. Having celebrated its fifth anniversary in the summer of 2018, Expatriate was a James Beard Semifinalist for Outstanding Bar Program in the United States in 2019.
Brooks Winery (Amity, OR)
Chris Williams met Jimi Brooks in 1997 by happenstance, selling Jimi motorcycle parts for an old Moto Guzzi. The two became fast friends, and Chris soon began working at the winery – first by working wine club events. Chris soon found himself helping Jimi in Brooks’ cellar, and went on to work alongside Jimi at WillaKenzie Estate and Maysara Winery. When Jimi passed away suddenly in 2004, Chris was among the many friends and winemakers who stepped in and helped make Jimi’s wine that year. Chris became Brooks’ full-time winemaker in 2005 and has brought continuity to Brooks wines, sharing Jimi’s philosophy and style, and continuously showcasing the elegance of small-production Riesling and Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley.