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Kellie Thorn has been in the restaurant industry for nearly twenty years and bartending for the last seventeen. Kellie, born in Atlanta and raised in various cities along the Southern coast, has received considerable critical recognition for her talents and skills. In 2010, Kellie joined forces with star chef Hugh Acheson to open Empire State South—Acheson’s vibrant reimagination of traditional southern fare—to develop a creative program balanced by a reverent nod to the classics. Her success in this role led her to the position of beverage director for Acheson’s restaurants in 2013.
Chelsea Santos is an award-winning bartender and a creative at heart, whether she’s behind a bar or a camera. A Texas native, she has worked in the service industry for more than 12 years, starting her bartending journey at a local dive bar in her college town and eventually transitioning into developing bar programs at boutique hotels. Her favorite thing to do is to take unexpected ingredients and make them into something cohesive and delicious. She has a deep appreciation for tropical flavors and takes great pride in her Filipino and Hispanic roots. When she’s not shaking cocktails, you can most likely find her on a hike with her wife and noodle-shaped dog.
Professional bartender Sother Teague is the beverage director at the acclaimed NYC bitters bar Amor y Amargo and the host of The Speakeasy on Heritage Radio Network. Sother developed a love of teaching while working on the TV program Good Eats and has been featured as a cocktail expert in various outlets, including Esquire, The New York Times, New York magazine, Time Out New York, and BuzzFeed. In 2018, he was named Wine Enthusiast's "Mixologist of the Year." In 2020, Sother launched the General Store by Amor y Amargo, which offers one of the country’s largest selections of in-store bitters as well as a curated selection of glassware and bar tools. He’s the author of I'm Just Here for the Drinks and Let’s Get Blitzen.