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The Spirits are Calling. Will you answer? Join us July 15-19, 2015 as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.
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Wednesday, July 15 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Sustaining a Career in Bartending

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"Mom, I'm a bartender. That is what I'm doing with my life." You've made your proclamation, so now what? In an industry built on slim profit margins, high turnover, and 14-hour work days, how can we make bartending a viable career for ourselves and future generations? Stability, longevity and balance are career goals for all of us; whether it's staying behind a bar, moving into ownership, or working with a brand.

In this no-holds-barred discussion, Naomi Levy (bar manager at Boston’s Eastern Standard) leads panelists Julie Reiner, Scott Baird, and Charlotte Voisey as they guide you through career options and the obstacles of making our work/life balance more fulfilling. What are the challenges to having a family and maintaining relationships in the bar industry? How do you find financial stability within tips-based employment? What systems can be put in place to help build this industry into one that makes it possible for people to build a career? Learn about the ways you can look out for your own future and brainstorm ways in which we can help to build a better future for the industry as a whole.

Moderators
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Naomi Levy

Bar Manager, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks
At the age of 17 Naomi Levy began her career at a Ruby Tuesday in | Maryland. Although starting as a server, she was “hooked by the pace | and rhythm of restaurant service and drawn to the drama and | challenges of the bar.” Over the next few years, she continued to learn | and grow, working at casual restaurants, beer bars and in catering | until finding a home in fine dining. | | In 2008, Naomi was part of the... Read More →

Speakers
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Scott Baird

Founding Partner, The Bon Vivants
Scott Baird, a Bay Area native, is a founding partner of The Bon Vivants, a nationally recognized hospitality, design, and creative group. In 2009, Baird was approached by fellow bartender and co-worker at 15 Romolo, Josh Harris. The duo decided to take on a bar-consulting gig together and The Bon Vivants were born, defining thoughtful sophistication and a true sense of authenticity in their projects by combining creative cocktail programs, solid... Read More →
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Julie Reiner

Owner, Clover Club
Julie Reiner has been elevating the cocktail scene in NYC for fifteen years, most notably with the opening of the Flatiron Lounge (2003), the Pegu Club (2005), and Brooklyn’s Clover Club (2008). As co-owner and beverage director of the Flatiron Lounge, Reiner drew much of her inspiration from her native Hawaii by utilizing the freshest fruits and premier quality spices & spirits available in her original cocktails. Julie’s beverage... Read More →
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Charlotte Voisey

Director of Advocacy, William Grant & Sons
Best American Brand Ambassador, two times Golden Spirit Award winner at Tales of the Cocktail, James Beard recognition, regular TV appearances including a trip to London to cover the Royal Wedding with CBS News make for exciting times for British born mixologist Charlotte Voisey.A keen student of the craft of the cocktail, Charlotte’s mixology style is ever evolving and exciting to follow. Charlotte currently looks after the coveted spirits... Read More →

Sponsors
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Aviation American Gin

Founded in 2004 in Oregon, House Spirits Distillery is a leader of America’s craft distilling revolution and the anchor of Portland, Oregon's famous Distillery Row. Our award-winning products are batch-distilled with an intense, passionate and near-obsessive pursuit of quality. Using ethically sourced ingredients, our award winning spirits are created under the watchful eye of our head distiller and our talented bartender. | Our spirits include... Read More →
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William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons


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