Nicole is a native Manhattanite and nyc bartender who has worked in every type of venue imaginable in the borough and brought smiles to patrons through her imaginative and delicious cocktail creations! Cocktails are her passion and she often draws inspiration from her multicultural heritage when crafting drinks that have won her national acclaim through competition. She has also been cited in some note worthy publications for her insight on spirit trends and unique takes on industry related news. She is currently still behind the bar at the ever popular Llama San and competes in prominent cocktail competitions often!
Sarah Tracey is a wine, food, and lifestyle expert based in New York City. A certified sommelier, she worked her way up from spit-bucket emptier at a local winery to Michelin-starred Wine Director in top NYC restaurants. With a passion for education, she’s taught over 300 wine classes to date and is known for her warm and relatable style. When she’s not vineyard-hopping, Sarah is the resident wine expert at Martha Stewart Living online and is also known for her blog, The Lush Life. She regularly shares food pairing, home entertaining, and beverage expertise with ‘O’ The Oprah Magazine, People, Food & Wine, Forbes, The Food Network, Elle, Refinery 29, Life & Style Weekly, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, PureWow, Brides, and Cheddar TV. Her idea of self-care is a solo Beyoncé dance party with a glass of rosé Champagne.
Melissa Brooke has served as a beverage manager and mixologist for several noteworthy NYC restaurants. Currently the in-house "spirit whisperer" at the Michelin Star award-winning Musket Room, she loves personalizing cocktails using unconventional tactics such as astrological sign, name etymology and manifesting intentions for inspiration. Every herb, flower & spice tells a story that Melissa showcases through her cocktails. She curates cocktails for exclusive events throughout NYC through her mixology-meets-magic company, Divine Spirits
Sara Lehman is a Sommelier, Event Planner, and Wine Educator in NYC. A former Private Chef and Pastry Chef turned Certified Sommelier, she worked her way through restaurants and retail stores while launching Somm In The City, a wine and mixology education company, and blog! When she’s not exploring the wine regions of the world, or hosting wine events in New York City, she takes her talent to The Lodge at Woodloch, where she is often a guest Sommelier. Sara’s creative energy and passion for wine, is what makes her classes so much fun. Her mission is “eat what you like and drink what you love” she will offer you great wine advice, education, and pairings too!
Pamela got a late start in hospitality after attending culinary school as a means of moving out from behind a desk and into a more active work environment, only to find she preferred guest-facing roles over stove-facing roles in restaurants. Most recently she was a Bartender at Manhattan's 2-Michelin Star restaurant The Modern, during which time she also won the inaugural Jane Walker Classic Female Bartending Competition. She is also a Certified Sommelier who loves to drink and talk about wines from lesser known wine regions of the world - she can tell you both how to pronounce and why you should love wines like Gemischter Satz. Pamela also writes extensively about all things edible and potable for sites such as CNET, Chowhound, Alcohol Professor, and Cheese Professor. When not speaking about, writing about, or pouring wine and cocktails, Pamela can be found in her blanket fort bedroom studio doing voiceover work.
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