2017 VIP Demos, Taste of the Eastside
VIP ticket includes unlimited food tastes, 3 drink tickets, VIP demos, early entry to event at 3 pm, exclusive VIP gift bag, front row demo seating, priority parking (2:45-4 pm)
An Introduction to Tasting Coffee Like a Pro with Kyle Glanville
“In 2001, Kyle started working as a barista at Victrola Coffee, and five years later, moved to L.A. to help Intelligentsia Coffee set up their influential Silver Lake café and Glassell Park roasting works. Glanville later oversaw the company’s expansion to Venice and Pasadena, led the Black Cat espresso project, rose to the rank of Director of Innovation, and ostensibly ran Intelligentsia’s West Coast operations. In 2008, he even won the United States Barista Championship. Earlier this year, Glanville left Intelli to co-found G&B Coffee with Charles Babinski.” (Foodgps.com, by Joshua Lurie)
A Chef's Approach to Cocktail Mixology with Raul Pool Head Bartender at Spread Mediterranean Kitchen
Raul Pool is the head bartender at Spread. As a Los Angeles native, Raul grew up in Echo Park, and has spent the past ten years working in the food and beverage industry. His passion for creation and the spirit world has lead him all across the US. He was most recently Head Bartender of Masa Tequila Bar in Boston, MA, for 2 years. En route back home, he embarked on a bartenders cross country road trip. In addition to completing the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, his trip allowed him to research and study some of the America's top craft cocktail bars in cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Nashville, New Orleans And Austin. He's ecstatic to be back home in DTLA and eager to share his knowledge and new creations with the world. Follow his adventure through the spirit world on Instagram @TheeBarNinja DRINK: "THE TURKISH DELIGHT" All spice and date infused vodka, coconut water, vanilla bean syrup
"The Art of Nitro-Muddling" with David Karl King of Baldoria
David King, a Texas native, studied English Poetics, Theatre Playwriting, and Business Management at the University of Texas. King determined that he had a passion for managing and running businesses, and ultimately went on to manage several acclaimed Los Angeles restaurants over the course of almost the past decade. He held the positions of sommelier at Osteria Mozza, and General Manager & Beverage Director at Cube Marketplace and Café for several years. With his restaurant and business acumen, combined with a love for food he developed at an early age in his Italian grandmother’s kitchen, he embarked upon his true passion project, Baldoria. Not one to sit idle, King can be found behind the bar, creating unique house-made cocktails and bottling them for service.
"Keep it classy (and classic) with The Eastside" with Andrea Borgen & Angel Meza of barcito
General Manager and Owner, Andrea Borgen & Beverage Director, Angel Meza Heavily inspired by summers spent with her grandparents and extended family in Buenos Aires, barcito is the longtime dream of General Manager and Owner Andrea Borgen. Borgen built the foundation for her career in the hospitality industry by studying management and international business at Santa Clara University. In October 2010 she was recruited by Hillstone Restaurant Group to undergo Beverage Manager training. Borgen remained with the company for two years, working her way up to Assistant GM and Service Manager, before joining the team at Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke in May 2013. At the end of the following year, Borgen took time off to travel throughout South America and Southeast Asia. Since returning from her travels, Borgen moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles where she hosted a series of pop-up dinners before opening barcito in September of 2015. Los Angeles native Angel Meza, took a job as a bar prep assistant at The Edison by chance. While working at The Edison, Meza found a mentor in one of the city’s most talented bartenders, Joseph Brooke. Meza then followed his mentor to Next Door Lounge and Mixology 101, where he worked as a Bar Back and Bartender respectively while honing his craft. Meza credits Brooke for inspiring him to get into the beverage industry. The harder he worked behind the bar, the more he realized that he had found the perfect career, blending his passion for food and beverage with the unique opportunity of delighting guests with handcrafted cocktails.
"Franco-Mexicano" with Michael R Owens of Bon Vivant
Michael Owens’ career in the Los Angeles Nightlife Industry began in the late 90’s as a Bartender at West Hollywood’s Celebrity and Socialite refuge, the Kass Bah. In 2002 he helped open The Highlands Nightclub, where he would eventually make his way into operations and become a key figure in it’s 11 year run as one of Hollywood’s largest and longest running “Mega Clubs”. 2012 took him to The V Lounge/Opaque Dining in the Dark, not just Santa Monica’s only true Nightclub, but L.A.’s only “Dark Dining” Restaurant as well. Michael’s next venture would take him to the heights of the Downtown Los Angeles skyline as the Nightlife Manager of Perch Restaurant & Rooftop Lounge. In 2014, in an effort to pursue Mindfulness through Adventure, Michael chose to shift his focus from Career to Lifestyle and stepped away from the incessant operations of High Profile Venues, in order to get back behind the bar. That decision would ultimately lead him to Bon Vivant.