NCF 2019 is proud to welcome a number of nationally recognized guests speakers, providing industry leading knowledge on cocktail trends, recipes, history and more.
Award winning author of Imbibe and Punch, David Wondrich is widely recognized as the leading authority on the history of the cocktail and the spirits that make them. His work has been featured on Conan O’Brien, GQ, Esquire and countless other publications.
Entrepreneur and tequila powerhouse Jason Fandrich is the owner of Cuestion Spirits Company who brings us Cuestion Tequila. Jason is also one of the few Americans to hold the title of “Experto Tequilera y Catador de Tequila”, and was awarded this in 2012.
Lucas Payá knows more about sherry than most. From receiving his Sommelier diploma in 2002 to becoming the Wine and Beverage Director for celebrity chef José Andrés in 2008, Lucas’ love and focus for sherry has helped lead the industry and he’s now the U.S National Brand Educator for Lustau. Come learn about the art, passion and nuance of sherry from a true global legend.
El Dorado rums have been a bartender favorite for a long time, and as Master Distiller, Shaun has the exciting job of overseeing all aspects of distillation, aging and blending. In addition to having custom designed new stills for their distillery, Shaun has become one of the freshest voices in the world of rum and one voice we’ll be paying close attention to this year.
Recognized by Southern Living and Garden & Gun, Crude Bitters & Soda is North Carolina’s first bitters company, and owner Criag Rudewicz will be educating us on his company, his process and the role these hand crafted products play into the world of cocktails!