Hospitality veteran Chris Morris is a refined amalgam of music, academic insight, bitterness, and generosity. The Houston native emerged from small town Santa Fe , Tx with a developed mind for music and an eye destined for flavor. Years later, the trusted palette of Mr Morris has created Bittersmith Bitters and a lauded Regalo cocktail for Bacardi Legacy. We chat metal, devil-locks, language, and whiskey.
The Regalo Cocktail
1.5 oz Bacardi Carta Blanca
1.0 oz Mango Nectar
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
3-4 Medium Basil Leaves
1.5 oz Champagne
Muddle Basil w/syrup, build all but Champagne, shake, strain over ice, top with Champagne, garnish with Basil
Campari America's lovable Mike Capoferri travels the states sharing the finest sips of Italian Amari's and bringing his down to earth charm to every room he enters. A southern gentleman by trade, his interests and creativity converged in the hospitality industry. From Georgia to Los Angeles, Mike has been traversing across every role behind the bar. Now in his most visible, and impactful role yet, how do you help people fall in love with Italian amaris? We chat parents, free college, canons, and more.
Unlimited Liabilities is an apt name for the 2 hospitality legends Danny Ronen and Russell Davis. We sit down to talk about their new Austin establishment Academia: a cocktail bar for intellectuals and everyone in between. The chat spans the 80's, UT parties, archeology and everything in between.
Kimberly Patton-Bragg, or KPB to most, is a creative and lively force in the cocktail scene. From days in New York acting, to a pursuit for the silver screen, her life has been anything but boring. KPB is an aspiring writer and Tiki fanatic who shares delicious drams in New Orleans. What does this incredible journey and life look like on the page however? We chat Duran Duran, Ted Bundy, Rum, and more...
New York hospitality veteran Ms Franky Marshall is a culmination of art, language, and culture. An aspirational musician and teacher, Franky became acclimated to traveling at a very early age. This curiosity about the world and languages has driven her to all corners of the globe. As an influential female force in the New York cocktails scene, her career now takes a turn into the wonderful field of French Aperitif wines. The beautiful category known as Pineau des Charentes is filled with a brilliant snapshot of French terroir and elegant sweetness. We chat music, psychic tendencies, love, and more.
Born and raised in Mexico, Carlos Sada took a deep interest in learning everything possible to build a long-lasting lucrative career. After obtaining his masters degree in Australia, he sought out opportunities to apply his entrepreneurial spirit. As a brief stint in the hospitality intersected with agave spirits, Carlos was introduced to mezcal. Years later, his interest of mezcal and business have combined to market the fine mezcal of Marca Negra. We chat War on Drugs, Germany, San Martin, and more.
Adrina Miller, aka- AdrinAdrina has dedicated her life to creating and facilitating the creativity of others. From studies in London to art curation in New Orleans, the world has inspired Adrina in immeasurable ways. Perhaps the greatest inspiration emerged from Mexico. And after developing an intimate relationship with Mezcal, Adrina and her partner Elliott Coon developed Gem & Bolt a beautiful Mezcal infused with Damiana. The creative process is now perpetual as the brand takes root in the US. We chat Billy Idol, art communes, London, and more.
The respected and influential New Yorker Duane Fernandez Jr has finally settled into his new home of Texas. One year in the making, he's transformed and built an amazing team for Bacardi in Texas (and beyond). His knowledge, wisdom, and desire to connect makes him an indispensable part of the hospitality community. From humble beginnings, his love of art and performance has taken him into multiple directions, but ultimately the life changing hospitality industry stole his heart. We chat Harvey, Scotch, Rusty Nail's, and more...
Andres A Chopite-Parra watched the revolution from within Venezuela. From a deeply religious upbringing to crafting cocktail concoctions from across the bar, his path was far from boring. With deep interests in law, travel, and the human condition, Andres' journey led him to Florida and London just to taste freedom outside of his politically tumultuous homeland. A quick passion for hospitality developed and years later, Andres is reconnected with his home via the delicious Santa Teresa Rum. We chat health, Emo music, London, and more.
A thriving career in finance provided riches, opportunities, and empowered bad behavior for SugarRimBar owner Cory Brim. Living life at the top with money to spare, Cory's career was deeply effected by the stock market crash in the the late 2000's. Forced to put the pieces together, and rebuild his career, Cory rose from the ashes to become an inspirational author, speaker, and business owner. We talk about financial health, fatherhood, and Facebook live.
Sometimes the path to success veers far away from where you originally thought. For Sean Finter CEO and founder of Barmetrix, the Canadian dream of playing professional hockey was a short lived reality. Leaving town and trying to understand his purpose, Sean dove into hospitality as a dish washer. Learning lessons about hard work, proficiency, and focus, he continued to expand his roles in hospitality. And ultimately, he became one of most notable experts in efficiency, profitability, and passion in the bar industry. Now sharing his experiences and best practices for operations, Barmetrix is the industry standard in hospitality optimization. We chat education, Canada, love, and success. His latest Bar Business Breakthrough Summit will take place on November 5-7, 2017. Applications to attend are do by 10/15/17, learn more HERE.
The ambitious and musical New Yorker Andy Mauer has worked his way through the ranks in the cocktail community to now serve Texas as the Brand Manager for Anchor Spirits. When sports and punk rock collided, Andy started his illustrious career as a local record store employee. The experience combined logistics, art, and sparked a desire to being even more creative. Many career advancements and social opportunities later, Andy set his sights on Texas. Here he has made the biggest impact yet. We chat Kurt Russell, S&M, Houston, and more.