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Bartender Los Angeles

Vincenzo Marianella discusses Cocktail Consulting, SHOREbar, Trattoria Neapolis, One Night Stands, Motorcycles + More

I first interviewed Vincenzo Marianella in 2009, and the Copa d’Oro conductor better explained his background and approach at that point. However, we still had plenty to discuss. On May 18, I met with...
Bartender San Francisco

Interview: bartender Jacques Bezuidenhout (Partida + Kimpton Hotels)

Jacques Bezuidenhout is a Johannesburg native who became enraptured with cocktails and spirits in London and relocated to San Francisco in 1997 after going on a Greyhound adventure and deciding it was his favorite...
Bartender Portland

Interview: bar manager Douglas Derrick (Nostrana)

Douglas Derrick is an Arizona native who earned a degree in hotel and restaurant management from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and moved to Portland to find further challenges. It also helped his decision...
Bartender Portland

Interview: Director of Drink Dave Shenaut (Riffle)

Dave Shenaut previously split time behind the bars at two of Portland’s better cocktail establishments, Rum Club and Kask, and founded Portland Cocktail Week, which has doubled in size each year. Now he’s taken...
Bartender Los Angeles

Interview: bartender Dave Kupchinsky (The Eveleigh)

Pennsylvania native Dave Kupchinsky has been working in bars since the late ’90s, but it wasn’t until the past couple years that he started to consider working with cocktails and spirits a career. He...
Bartender Portland

Interview: bartender Jacob Grier (MetroVino)

Since my reason for visiting Portland was ostensibly to cover the SCAA event, it seemed natural to interview a bartender who previously worked as a barista. Jacob Grier currently tends bar at MetroVino in...