Shelby Allison co-owns Lost Lake, a tropical cocktail bar in Chicago that opened in 2015 and was named Best American Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail’s 2018 Spirited Awards, is a three- time James Beard Foundation semi finalist for Outstanding Bar Program (2016, 2017, 2018), and one of the World’s 50 Best Bars (2018). Shelby is a co-founder of #SHIFTEASE, a monthly charitable party at Lost Lake that supports local Chicago organizations working for progressive racial, economic and gender justice, and is a founding board member of the Chicago Period Project, an aspiring non-profit that helps Chicago’s homeless and in-need people experience their periods with dignity. Shelby was one of Chicago Woman’s 10 Most Influential Women in Chicago’s food and beverage community (2018), and one of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers (2018).
As Vice President of Marketing for The 86 Co., Sharon Bronstein brings Fords Gin and its sister brands to life for professional and novice bartenders alike, while supporting and celebrating the bartending community. She works hand-in-hand with the company’s sales teams and market managers to oversee national and local initiatives, including the Fords Gin sustainable green bottle release, Bar Fight Club and the Trash Tiki Anti-Waste North American Tour. Bronstein is a co- founder of The Sisterhood Project, a mentoring & empowerment platform for female bartenders in partnership with Speed Rack, currently in its third year. Bronstein was named to the “Dame Hall of Fame” at the 2017 Tales of the Cocktail.
Caitlin serves as Consulting Beverage Director for the Ace Hotel in Chicago where she oversees beverage programs for City Mouse, Waydown and the hotel’s F&B. She previously helmed the much-lauded Mission District bar Trick Dog. There, she led the bar to an incredible list of accolades including Tales of the Cocktail’s Best Bar Team (2014) and Bar Fight Champion (2014), a James Beard finalist nomination for Outstanding Bar Program (2015) and two consecutive years on Drinks International “World’s 50 Best Bars” list. She was named Food & Wine’s Best New Mixologist (2014) and National Speed Rack Champion (2014). She has also consulted for notable programs such as Mexico City’s Limantour Roma (Drinks International “World’s 50 Best Bars” list #11, 2018) where she helped launch a new menu.
Lucy is a born, raised and very proud Chicagoan. The consummate host, she strives to foster community and camaraderie through gatherings around culture, meaningful conversation and a good time. Over the last year, she served as the Community Events Coordinator at Low Res Studio, where she created monthly programming that drove conversation and engagement for Chicago’s creative community. When Lucy is not eating or in event mode, you can find her searching for vintage glassware at her local thrift store to add to her robust collection.
seminar production coordinator
Christopher Walker is a black genderqueer transmasculine boi raised in the lily-white suburban hills of New Jersey. They are a freelance event producer and social media consultant who holds a BS in Management and Business from Skidmore College in New York. They currently hold the title of Social Media Manager for Open Television, a web series platform and artist incubator that prioritizes creators that are queer, women, femme-identified and people of color. Chris is also an Associate Producer for People Who Care, a marketing consultancy for non-profits.
marketing + public relations
From a young age, Jenna found herself drawn to the chaos of the kitchen, but quickly found she was better suited to stay out. As such, a career in marketing and communications was born. She is the co-founder of Slow Down Co., a branding and communications agency that provides marketing direction to food & beverage, lifestyle and hospitality brands. When not talking about food, Jenna enjoys drinking mezcal, urban hiking and connecting people.
Chloe started her design career in publishing, but fell hard for the hospitality world after years of pursuing the best restaurant experiences the industry had to offer. A self proclaimed “food-obsessed designer,” she does her best work when working with brands and people she’s excited about–especially when there’s food involved. When off the clock, you can find her devouring cookbooks, trying to slow down at yoga or planning her next eating-focused adventure.