Legends, visionaries and experts on the BCB Main Stage
Legends, visionaries and experts on the BCB Main Stage
Salvatore Calabrese, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Kirsten Holm, Shatbi Basu, Steve Schneider and Tobin Ellis – each one of them is a legend in their own right. From 7 to 9 October they, like other global influencers, will share their unique experiences with visitors at Bar Convent Berlin. Over three days a programme in a class of its own will be offered with more than 120 hours of content on eight stages.
“This year I have invited three groups of speakers – legends, visionaries and experts. And then the idea is that we looks back at the past and the experience we should not forget, look forward at the future of our profession and look around at the top trends right now,” says BCB Education Director Angus Winchester, who put the programme together. Personal and ecological sustainability, adding to the diversity of the industry but also a glimpse into the future as well as craftsmanship themes such as fermentation, and trend themes, such as the rise of “tsipouro”, are in the focus of the accompanying programme.
Salvatore Calabrese travels the world as a consultant for the bar and hospitality sector, is a sought-after judge for global competitions and a former president of the UK Bartenders Guild. At Bar Convent Berlin 2019 he will share his extensive wealth of experience with visitors.
Jeffrey Morgenthaler manages the bars at Clyde Common and Pepe Le Moko in Portland, Oregon and is a bar owner and book author. At BCB he will talk about the bartending today.
Kirsten Holm is a pioneer in the Copenhagen cocktail community and owner of the K-Bar – at BCB she will be revealing her secrets to success and reporting on experiences.
Shatbi Basu is considered a pioneer for bartending in India – as the first woman to stand behind a bar and someone now looking back on three decades of experience. Today, she works as a Bar & Beverage Consultant, journalist and heads her own bartender academy called STIR (Mumbai). She promises to take BCB visitors on “a euphoric study trip for lessons a classroom could never teach.”
Steve Schneider has built a reputation as one of the most renowned and successful bartenders in the sector. He spent most of his career at one of New York’s most reputable cocktail bars: Employees Only. Today, he owns bars in numerous countries such as Singapore, Panama, China and the USA and will share his insights at BCB.
Tobin Ellis is a veteran of the American bartending scene who has designed bars, restaurants and hotels and offered experiential bar design for the likes of MGM Resorts, Waldorf-Astoria, Starbucks Coffee Company, Caesars Entertainment, Marriott, Ace Hotels since 1997. At BCB he will give “advice from the clumsiest bartender the world has ever seen.”
From tomorrow’s bar design to radical re-thinking: Alex Ruas, Vijay Mudaliar, Victoria Chow, Stephanie Simbo and Lars Willliams are people with visions.
Alex Ruas worked as a bartender for 12 years before starting to pursue his current passion – bar design. The designer and entrepreneur lives in Oslo and has set himself the aim of designing the best bars of tomorrow.
The exploration of bartending on the basis of identity, sourcing and responsible ethics are the themes addressed by Vijay Mudaliar. For this bar operator regional character is always in focus – also at his own bar where everything from the products and furnishing to tableware is sourced in the immediate vicinity.
Victoria Chow is the founder of the Hong Kong cocktail bar and lifestyle brand “The Woods” and was recently recognised by Forbes "30 Under 30" for her concepts. 2017 saw Chow extend her operations to include KWOON, a canned cocktail brand, and “The Woods Annex”, a private bar seating eight where she can experiment further and teach.
Stephanie Simbo has the vision of introducing more of a social component into the world of spirits. The renowned women’s rights activist and experienced bartender would like to integrate former prison inmates into bar operations.
After studying literature and working as a set designer Lars Williams discovered his true profession in the bar and hospitality industry. He worked at Aquavit and WD-50 in New York, The Fat Duck in England as well as at the Danish restaurant Noma, to mention but a few. Today, he is the co-founder of the “free-form spirits” and “flavor company” Destillerie Empirical Spirits. Here radically new, innovative products are developed that contradict all known product categories.
In-depth industry expertise and a passion for spirits are what make Camper English, James Stevenson, Natalie Migliarini, Paul Clarke, Maggie Campbell, Caesario de-Medeiros and Adam MacDonald undisputed experts in their field.
Handling or avoiding dangerous and illegal ingredients and techniques will be addressed by Camper English. The author has just recently been voted 39th among the most influential people in the global beverage industry in 2019.
James Stevenson has captured the best bartenders and cocktails around the globe with his camera. At BCB the social media expert gives tips on successful market placement and deeply rooted influencer relations.
Bartender and passionate party planner Natalie Migliarini is always on a quest for creative recipes and will present indispensable social media tools in cooperation with James Stevenson.
Climate change affects all of us: also the bar community. The editor-in-chief of Imbibe Magazine and book author Paul Clarke will co-present with Maggie Campbell the challenges and consequences of climate change and explain how manufacturers, bar operators and special-interest media can counteract them.
Leveraging her industry knowledge as a President and chief distiller of Privateer Rum, founder of the Denver Brewers League, member of the Board of Directors of the American Craft Spirit Association and chairwoman of its Spirits Judging Committee Maggie Campbell will address societal issues such as climate change at BCB and celebrate the diversity of spirits with Lia Jones.
Caesario de-Medeiros, trained chef and passionate spirits educator has given proof of his expertise in successful market-entry strategies for Africa several times over the past ten years. The “serial entrepreneur” will reveal his treasure map for brands wanting to keep their heads above water on the inundated spirits market in Africa.
Adam MacDonald, former World Champion Bartender, capitalises on his by now 20 years of professional experience and his unfettered creativity to develop business models for bars. At BCB the product designer will talk about the how’s and why’s of bar design with a view to staff, guests and improved revenue.
This year sees BCB running over three days for the second time now. This will allow more interested parties to attend the event. There will only be 1-day tickets available to make it easier to control and spread visitor streams. Those wanting to visit the trade show on two or three days will benefit from discounted ticket prices. The 1-day ticket for trade visitors costs EUR 40 while an Upgrade Ticket for the second or third day costs just EUR 30 per day. www.barconvent.com/tickets
About Bar Convent Berlin
Since its founding in 2007, Bar Convent Berlin has emerged as one of the leading international trade shows for the bar and beverage industry. Every October, the who’s who of the German and European bar and beverage industry meet in Berlin to establish new contacts, catch up on the latest product innovations and attend education seminars. In 2019 the trade show will be held from 7 to 9 October at Station Berlin and Kühlhaus. Over 14,000 trade visitors are expected to attend.
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