This year, in an effort to continually strengthen Chicago Style’s mission, we asked four people to join us in the form of an Advisory Board. The Chicago Style Advisory Board will offer guidance and expertise to Chicago Style organizers as we grow our organization, transition to 501(c)3 non-profit status, and develop & expand programming.
Each of our Advisory Board members are experts in their fields, each makes inclusion, equity, safety, and sustainability tenants of their work, and each is a leader in their community. Plus, they all love cocktails!
Ashtin Berry is a food and beverage activist, sommelier, and beverage consultant committed to creating equitable spaces within the hospitality industry. Using her background in sociology, Berry’s focus is on creating intersectional models that use language as a tool for creating safer and more inclusive spaces. In 2018, she joined Bacardi to headline the inaugural Women in Leadership Tour, and went on to speak at a number of conferences including Chicago Style and S.H.E. Summit. Berry’s work has been featured in top industry publications including Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and PUNCH. Known for her work with Air’s Champagne Parlor, Tokyo Record Bar and beyond, this year Berry has taken her experience of conceptualizing bars and directing beverage programs to co-found the hospitality creative agency Radical Xchange. Along with pioneering content, Berry plans to spend this year debuting the fruits of 2018’s labors, drinking champagne, eating lots of Popeye’s, and living up to her newest title as Imbibe Magazine’s “Bartender of the Year”.
Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, radical community arts organizer, and author of countless emails. Jen missed her calling as a stand-up comedian, and should definitely consider a career change as a personal stylist. When asked to describe her style in only two words they are “polished freak.” She is the Director and Founder of Open Engagement, an international conference on socially engaged art. Delos Reyes currently lives and works in Chicago, IL where she is the Associate Director of the School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Liz Weck, MSW, is a high femme, lesbian, raised in the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. A social worker by trade and advocate by nature, Weck currently serves as the Director of Social Services at Howard Brown Health where she oversees case management for people living with HIV and HCV, linkage-to-care, retention-in-care, aging, diabetes, community outreach & engagement, trans health, women’s health, and sexual harm response programming across nine clinic sites throughout Chicago. With a focus on historically underserved populations and people facing systemic barriers to care, Weck’s work aims to address social determinants of health with the ultimate goal of engaging individuals in affirming, patient centered, holistic care. Weck tenaciously works to create personal and professional spaces that uplift and celebrate women and femme-identified folks prioritizing LBTQ women and women of color. During the inaugural Chicago Style, Weck facilitated the “How to Design an Inclusive Space” discussion and was a panelist on “You are Welcome Here: A Conversation about Intersectionality and Hospitality”.
Claire Sprouse has bartended, managed, and consulted at some of the country's most well-known and awarded cocktail institutions, from Houston to San Francisco and now New York City. In 2013, she formed Tin Roof Drink Community with Chad Arnholt. Through their 25+ years of combined hospitality experience and pursuit of unique collaborations, they tackle the issues of sustainability within the industry. As leaders in this conversation, Tin Roof was honored with the industry’s first ever “Sustainable Spirit” award and the 2017 “Golden Spirit” educator award, both presented by Tales of the Cocktail. Most recently, Sprouse opened her first bar -- Hunky Dory in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. This space allows her team to keep exploring greener bar practices, while sharing Tin Roof's goal to create a culture of shared information and inclusivity centered around greener bar practices.