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 our Grants Program, Education, and Spirited Awards®. 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, Founder, Wanderlette
  • 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, Owner, Pineapple Consultancy & Dubai Bartenders Club

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. 

Bridget Albert (Co-Chair)
Shaun Traxler (Co-Chair)

Abigail Gullo
Alba Huerta
Alexis Brown
Amanda Carto
Amy Cavanaugh
Andrew Izrael
Angie Jackson
Bill Norris
Charles Joly
Doug Frost
Jessica L Taylor
Jill Cockson
John Neely
Joshua Gonzales
Julia Momose
Liam Deegan
Lynn House
Maren Nazera Erickson
Micah Melton
Minh Nguyen
Nicholas Jarrett
Peter Vestinos
Steva Casey
Steven Idlet
Trevor Scovel

West U.S.

Kiowa Bryan  (Co-Chair)
Mary Palac (Co-Chair)

Antoine Nixon
Anu Apte-Elford
Bridget Maloney
Cameron George
Chris Patino
Christian Suzuki-Orellana
Christine Wiseman
David Kaplan
Erik Ginther
Erin Hayes
Gabe Orta
Helen Diaz
Jack Choate
Jacques Bezuidenhout
Jason Asher
Jaymee Mandeville
Jennifer Colliau
Jim Romdall
Jordan Felix
Kevin Diedrich
Kyle Reutner
Martin Cate
Mary Allison Wright
Nectaly Mendoza
Ria Soler
Sean Kenyon
Tony Abou-Ganim
Yael Vengroff
Chris Amirault

East U.S.

Laura Cullen (Co-Chair)
Andy Seymour (Co-Chair)

A-K Hada
Anne Louise Marquis
Brent Falco
Charles Hardwick
Charlotte Voisey
Dan Binkiewicz
Ezra Star
Gary Gruver
Gui Jaroschy
Jackson Cannon
Jillian Vose
Julie Reiner
Julio Cabrera
Kellie Thorn
Lynnette Marrero
Meaghan Dorman
Misty Kalkofen
ms. franky marshall
Steve Olson
Tiffanie Barriere
Tim Cooper
Torrence Swain
Trevor Frye
Trevor Schneider
Tyler Hudgens


Giuseppe Gallo (Co-Chiar)
Claire Warner (Co-Chair)

Jacob Briars
Alex Kratena
Anna Walsh
Ara Carvallo
Camille Vidal
Carina Soto Velasquez
Christina Monaco
Dima Shovkoplays
Eddie Rudzinskas
Georgie Bell
Giacomo Giannotti
Ian Rum Burrell
Katalin Bene
Konstantin “CoCo” Prochorowski
Matthew Mattingly
Mattia Pastori
Megs Miller
Michael Vachon
Monica Berg
Nicola Riske
Oisin Davis
Patrick Pistolesi
Bex Almqvist
Ryan Chetiyawardana
Stephan Berg
Tess Posthumus
Vasilis Kyritsis/ Vasileios
Yvonne Rahm
Babis Kaidalidis


Lauren Mote (Co-Chair)
Evelyn Chick (Co-Chair)

Andrew Whibley
Christina Viera
Dave Mitton
Donnie Wheeler
Ian Tuck
Jake Dolgy
Jean-Félix Desfossés
Jessica Blaine Smith
Jon Smolensky
Josh Lindley
Kate Boushel
Katie Ingram
Robin Goodfellow
Sabrine Dhaliwal
Sarah Parniak
Shane Beehan
Shawn Soole
Trevor Kallies

Middle East & Africa

Stephanie Simbo (Co-Chair)
Richard Irwin (Co-Chair)

Amanda Manyatshe
Benedicte Mendy
Caesario de-Medeiros
Casandra Echoff
Jad Ballout
Julian Short
Kresan Naidoo
Kurt Schlechter
Kwame Kankam
Laura Marnich
Leah van Deventer
Michael Stephenson
Nana Sechere
Oron Lerner
Peter Lebese
Travis Kuhn
Varia Delallian
Walid Merhi
Yvonne Wairimu Njeri

Latin America & Caribbean

Camille Austin (Co-Chair)
Tato Giovannini (Co-Chair)

Aaron Diaz
Adrian Glickman
Alex Mesquita
Aline Vargas
Benjamin Padrón Novoa
Carlos Irizarry
Claudia Cabrera
Diego Cabrera
Enrique Comas
Erin Rose
Gabriela Renteria
Irene Diaz
Israel Lara
Jean Trinh
Jhonnatan Mejias
Jose Luis Leon
Karen Seijas Alvarez
Kody Siegel
Leslie Cofresi
Liz Furlong
Luis Llanos
Marcela Baruch
Marcio Silva
Nicole Fas
Pascual Tejada
Paulo Figueiredo
Rodrigo Otaiza
Seba Garcia
Sebastian Atienza

Asia Pacific 
Hayley Morison (Co-Chair)

Andrea Gualdi
Anton Forte
Charlene Dawes
Charmaine Thio
david hans
David Nguyen-Luu
Emily Wheldon
Grazia Di Franco
Hannah Keirl
Jason Williams
Jay Khan
Katie Nagar
Krystal Hart
Kurtis Bosley
Luke Whearty
Martin Hudak
Mitchell ‘Kai’ Lum
Ollie Margan
Orlando Marzo
Penny Sippe
Sam Bygrave
Sam Egerton
Scott Fitzgerald
Shingo Gokan
Soran Nomura
Stefano Catino
Zachary de Git

Writing & Media
Paul Clarke (Co-Chair)
Matthew Rowley (Co-Chair)
Sandrae Lawrence (Co-Chair)
Francois Monti (Co-Chair)

Carrie Allen
Talia Baiocchi
Fernando Castellon
Wayne Curtis
Scott Hocker
Denny Kallivoka
Virginia Miller
Robert Simonson
Kevin Sintumuang
Alexandre Vingtier
Theo Watt
Clay Whittaker
Kathleen Purvis
Hanna Raskin
Noah Rothbaum


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