“I have always had a very sensitive palate, and am obsessed with smelling and tasting things,” Tim Wiggins, beverage manager at St. Louis’s Yellowbelly says. The tendency has served him well. At just 27, Wiggins has made quite the name for himself, earning top accolades from city press and shaping its cocktail culture. He co-owns […]
“Sugar is like butter on meat,” Matteo Burani, export manager for Italy’s Gruppo Lunelli, says. He’s not talking about cooking, though; Burani is referring to the effect of dosage, or added sugar, in sparkling winemaking. Sugar might complement existing flavors, Burani says, but it can also mask what you’re tasting.
Say the name “Employees Only” to a New Yorker, and watch their eyes light up. For more than a decade, the West Village bar and restaurant has been teaching hospitality professionals the art of mixology (and how to rock suspenders, a waxed mustache, or both). Employees Only (EO) is now a global operation with locations […]
There are few guarantees in this world, and yet one can confidently assert that there is no better way to experience the Windy City than with a bona fide tiki legend as your guide. Kevin Beary, beverage director of Chicago’s Three Dots and a Dash, is up to the task.
Nico de Soto’s name is synonymous with cocktail culture. At Mace, his small but mighty cocktail bar in New York City’s East Village, the internationally accented drinks are a direct reflection of de Soto’s decorated passport. A native Frenchman, avid traveler, and global bar veteran, de Soto is a cotton tee-clad impresario. His smart, creative palate […]
Bicoastal bar legend Erick Castro wears multiple hats in multiple locales. In New York City, he’s known as the kind-eyed, mustachioed proprietor of Lower East Side staple Boilermaker. In San Francisco, the launchpad of Castro’s career, his name and legacy trace back a good two decades. In San Diego, he’s the man behind two of […]
If you don’t know Mr. Lyan’s name, you may or may not be living under a rock. He’s the high priest of London’s bar scene, and whether you’ve had the pleasure of drinking within his stomping grounds or not, Mr. Lyan (otherwise known as Ryan Chetiyawardana) and his world-renowned watering holes should be on your […]
Before launching the industry’s newest, loudest, and most sociopolitically-focused conference, Chicago Style co-founder Caitlin Laman lived many lives. The only person to have won both Speed Rack and Bar Fight (among other things), Laman initially found herself behind the bar as a side hustle while playing for the top women’s rugby club in New York. […]
Hours after Mary Palac competed in the national finals of Speed Rack Season 7, she chopped off the bulk of her long, luminous black hair onstage and donated it to charity. In both instances, she blew the crowd away with her graceful energy and strength under pressure. Born in the Philippines and raised in the […]