Tales of the Cocktail Foundation values bringing people together and sees opportunity in collective efforts to further the global drinks industry. It is with this spirit that the Foundation enlists industry experts and leaders to form advisory committees for Education, Spirited Awards® and Grants Program. Each of our committee members dedicate themselves and their time to ensuring that the Foundation is offering elevated programming, acknowledges the best, and supports innovative programs looking to advance the industry.

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Grants Committee

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Grants Committee is comprised of a dozen esteemed beverage professionals from across the country who will help allocate funds to support the industry and further the Foundation’s mission and core values.

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Grants Committee

Colin Asare-Appiah, Bacardi
Tiffanie Barriere, The Drinking Coach & Drinking with the Girls
Eric Bennett, Carrigan’s Public House
Angie Fetherston, Drink Company
Alba Huerta, Julep
Nandini Khaund, Spirit Guide
Don Lee, Existing Conditions
Morgan Schick, There There Co.
Kellie Thorn, Empire State South
Rocky Yeh, Maison Ferrand
Samuel Jimenez, The Blind Tiger”
Anu Apte, Navy Strength
Lisa Nguyen, The Elysian Bar
Kelsey Ramage, Trash Tiki
Chris Cabrera, Grey Goose

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Education Committee

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is thrilled to introduce its Education Committees, sub-divided into three streams of education: Business, Culture and Beyond the Bar. These committees will work to collectively curate seminars that address the interests, needs, and goals of bartenders through these three lenses.

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An excellent bar only works if the business is built on an equally impressive foundation. The Foundation recognizes the advantage of pooling together global business insights from the best and brightest in the industry and leveraging this tremendous resource to uplift and improve the entire community.

The eight members the Business Advisory Committee is comprised of includes:

  • Laura Cullen, Founder of Liberty Consulting, Miami Beach, FL
  • Sean Finter, founder and CEO of Barmetrix, Annapolis, MD
  • Lynnette Marrero, Co-Founder of Speed Rack, Bar Director of Llama San, Brooklyn, NY
  • Ann Marshall, Co-Founder at High Wire Distilling Company, Charleston, SC (*Committee chair)
  • ms. franky marshall, Modern Bartender ~ Educator, New York, NY
  • Iain McPherson, Bar owner & Consultant, Edinburgh, Scotland (*Committee chair)
  • Micaela Piccolo, JERRY Editor, Shanghai, China
  • Tess Posthumus, bar owner & bartender at Flying Dutchmen Cocktails, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Thoughtfully exploring the culture and the lifestyle of the bartending community has always been at the core of Tales of the Cocktail’s programming. While this is not a new focus, the Culture Advisory Committee will seek to enhance these offerings to meet and exceed the evolving needs of the industry.

The eight inaugural members of the Culture Advisory Committee include:

  • Wayne Curtis, Freelance Spirits Journalist, New Orleans, LA
  • Alex Day, Chief of Operations for the Gin & Luck Company (Death & Co and Proprietors LLC), New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and Denver, CO
  • Misty Kalkofen, Madrina for Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Boston, MA, and Oaxaca (*Committee chair)
  • Lauren Mote, Diageo Reserve & World Class Global Cocktailian, Co-Proprietor Bittered Sling, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Benjamin Padrón Novoa, Co-Founder of Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City
  • Nicola Riske, European Brand Ambassador – The Macallan, Madrid, Spain
  • Noah Rothbaum, The Daily Beast’s Half Full Editor and co-host of podcast Life Behind Bars, New York, NY (*Committee chair)
  • Rebecca Sturt, Head of Business Development, Middle East, Asia and Africa for Chase Distillery and owner of Pineapple Consultancy, Dubai

Beyond the Bar

Created in 2018, Beyond the Bar facilitates dialogue and inspires thinking around pressing topics facing the hospitality and spirits industry, from social justice to lifestyle, health, addiction, and sustainability.

Beyond the Bar Advisory Committee is comprised of the following eight members:

  • Maggie Campbell, President and Head Distiller at Privateer Rum, Ipswich, MA
  • Laura L. Green, M.Ed., Midwest Regional Spirits Specialist for The Winebow Group, Chicago, IL
  • Lynn House, National Brand Educator, Heaven Hill Brands, Chicago, IL (*Committee chair)
  • Robin Nance, Sr. National Portfolio Ambassador at Beam Suntory, Chicago, IL
  • Stephanie Simbo, Founder and Executive Director at Beyond Bars Akademia, Cape Town, SA
  • Jackie Summers, Founder, Jack From Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY (*Committee chair)
  • Claire Warner, Managing Director, Æcorn Apéritifs, London
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Spirited Awards Committee

Spirited Awards® judges are a collection of respected bartenders, bar owners, educators, and writers from across the globe entrusted with this critical calling. Drawing on their years of experience and their knowledge of the current work being done locally, nationally, and internationally, together the judges can evaluate nominees from far and wide to ensure that the Spirited Awards® represents the breadth and diversity of the global drinks industry.

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Spirited Awards Committee

Spirited Awards Overall Chair
Charlotte Voisey
Spirited Awards International Chair
Jacob Briars
Central U.S. Co-Chairs
Bridget Albert
Shaun Traxler
West U.S. Co-Chairs
Kiowa Bryan
Mary Palac
East U.S. Co-Chairs
Laura Cullen
Andy Seymour
Europe Co-Chair
Giuseppe Gallo
Claire Warner
Canada Co-Chairs
Lauren Mote
Evelyn Chick
Middle East & Africa Co-Chairs
Stephanie Simbo
Richard Irwin
Latin America & Caribbean Co-Chairs
Camille Austin
Tato Giovannini
Asia Pacific Co-Chair
Micaela Piccolo
Hayley Morison
Writing & Media Co-Chairs
Paul Clarke
Matthew Rowley
Sandrae Lawrence
Francois Monti


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