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Bartenders Behind the Afterparty Box!

Behind the Chinese New Year

Cris began at Columbus, Ohio's prestigious M Restaurant in 2002 and has been Head Bartender there since 2005. She's one of the managers of Tales of the Cocktail's CAP program, leading a group of 60 bartender apprentices from around the world, and has been voted Best Bartender in Columbus for the last 6 years (she's also President of the Columbus chapter of the USBG). Cris recently attended NYC's highly respected BAR 5 Day program and this year was one of 4 women inducted into the “Dame Hall of Fame” in New Orleans, which honors the top women in the spirits industry. She is a contributing writer for Got Rum! magazine and consults nationally.

Behind the Original Sin 

Michael Seward (aka Champagne Jesus)—one of Chicago's long-standing bartenders—has spent the last 20 years cultivating consumers of bubbly at Pops for Champagne. He loves assisting in the construction of Pops's world-class Champagne list, but placing the proper wine in each guest's hands is what really makes him tick. When not crafting sparkling cocktails or chatting terroir, Michael is happiest walking the streets of Chicago with his M6 Leica or hiking a mountain trail searching for the perfect landscape photo. Michael's passion for food also needs mentioning—living in Chicago allows him to experience a first-rate dining scene that he then passes on to his inquiring guests with recommendations and reservations.

Behind the Thyme After Time

Pamela Wiznitzer is now National President of the United States Bartenders Guild. She's Creative Director and bartender at Seamstress in Manhattan and has earned many honors from her peers, such as winning first place in the 2014 National Restaurant Association's "Star of the Bar" and 2013 Louis Royer "Show Me the Proof" competitions. Additionally, she was named one of Food & Wine 's Top 10 Rising Star Mixologists, Wine Enthusiast 's "40 under 40" 2015 honorees, and was one of four inductees into the "Dame Hall of Fame" in 2015. Pamela has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Tasting Panel, Travel & Leisure, Bar Business Magazine, The Village Voice, Zagat, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Shape, Self,, and Underground Eats, and has had recurring appearances on the Food Network, VH1, NBC, LXTV, Fox & Friends, and BetterTV.

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