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Chris Bostick has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, LA Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Qantas Magazine, Anthony Bourdain's The Layover, and most recently Esquire TV’s Best Bars in America. In 2009, he earned his Bar Ready status from the prestigious BAR 5 Day program in NYC. In addition to being a consultant, helping out with brand development, and doing special events across the country, Chris loves making guests happy with genuine hospitality and prefers it done with passion, zero pretense, and “one big-ass smile.” Currently he can be found back home in Austin as owner and Creative Director of Half Step, a cocktail and live music destination on Rainey Street.
Jessica Sanders is an award-winning bartender and bar/restaurant owner—she owns and operates drink.well., a craft cocktail bar and gastropub in Austin’s vibrant North Loop district. Her inspired creations have been featured in numerous publications, includingFood & Wine, Imbibe, Texas Monthly, Southern Living, and Bon Appetit. Jessica was named one of Wine Enthusiast’s ‘40 Under 40’ in 2016 and was included in Imbibe Magazine’s Imbibe 75 list of “people, places, and flavors that will shape the way you drink in 2016.”
Caer Ferguson—a California native, now living in Austin—was formerly Péché’s assistant bar manager, and is now a bartender at The Roosevelt Room and the bar manager for their kindred, adjacent event space, The Eleanor. Her focus has been agave-based spirits and she's proven it, winning the 2016 Espolon Cocktail Fights National Championship. Her bar accolades also include being a regional finalist for Heaven Hill Bartender of the Year and a national finalist for the Chivas Masters competition. Caer studied visual arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, and still works as an animator and artist, but her creativity also comes to life in her cocktails.