Finback Brewery Ridgewood, NY
Founded in 2011, Finback Brewery is born from a passion for brewing and experimentation. After a long search combing through back streets, along canals, under bridges and industrial no-mans lands, braving collapsing roofs and cardboard box jungles the brewery found a space in Queens in 2013. Armed with a 20 barrel brewhouse, Finback released its first beers brewed in Queens in January 2014. The brewery is proud to call Queens home and become a part of the diverse and rich culture of the borough. We’re excited to be one of NYC’s newest breweries and to make NYC culture even better. Currently, we self distribute all our beers to the greater NYC area in draft format only. So, go to your local bars and let them know you want some Finback!
Wine Director Dean Fuerth Betony
A born and bred native of Manhattan, Dean Fuerth was exposed to and infatuated by fine dining culture from an early age. With over seven years of experience in the New York City restaurant industry, Dean has worked his way up through every position in the front of house, from busboy to his current position of Wine Director. He first discovered his passion at Daniel Boulud’s Rhône and Burgundy centric bistro Bar Boulud, where he received invaluable experience from their James Beard nominated wine program. Dean spent his first year as a sommelier at Commerce in the West Village, followed by two years at David Bouley’s perennial flagship in TriBeCa. Dean is simultaneously pursuing his Level IV Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and his Advanced Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Sommelier Caleb Ganzer Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
A lover of wine since he began his restaurant career during college, Caleb Ganzer, 30, moved to Paris during his senior year of university where he worked in a champagne bar and grew his love of wine into a full-fledged passion. After graduation, Caleb quickly made the decision to follow his heart and pursue a career in the wine world. Since then, he’s held positions as a sommelier at a number of acclaimed restaurants including several of Daniel Boulud’s spots, including Restaurant DANIEL, DBGB, and db Bistro Moderne in Miami & New York. Most recently, Ganzer spent 2 years as a sommelier at Eleven Madison Park. He is excited to have made a move back into a wine bar setting, currently at the helm of Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, the SoHo wine bar with Parisian roots. Armed with a vast wine knowledge and a wealth of inspiration from his travels, he loves bringing his service chops to the floor and directing a program where his guests can discover new wines, revisit classics and be surrounded by friendly sommeliers, have great food on the table and relax in a comfortable, casual setting.
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Wine & Spirits Professional Rosemary Gray Flatiron Wine & Spirits
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Bar Director Leo Robitschek The NoMad
Bar Director Leo Robitschek has been with the Made Nice team since 2005 and has played a significant role in the development of the group's cocktail program at both Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad properties. A native of Venezuela, he first began working in hospitality while attending the University of Miami, but it was upon moving to New York City where his appreciation for the craft of cocktails began to come into focus. First joining Eleven Madison Park nearly a decade ago, he helped reinvent the cocktail program of the restaurant and was promoted to head bartender in 2009. With an approach that stressed balance, the best ingredients, and technique, the cocktail program mimicked the same high standards as those of the Chef Daniel Humm's kitchen. Since opening The NoMad and Elephant Bar in 2012, Leo and his team have been the recipients of numerous Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, the James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program and were named #14 on the prestigious World's 50 Best Bar List. In 2014, The NoMad Bar opened adjacent to The NoMad Hotel with an even greater emphasis on Leo's renowned cocktail program.
Owner Michael Skurnik Skurnik Wines
In 1977, after graduating from UMass-Amherst, Michael took a job as a waiter at famed Windows on the World restaurant while he searched for his big break using his degree in Zoology. During his stint at Windows, he befriended their wunderkind sommelier Kevin Zraly. At the time, Windows was at the forefront of the wine scene, particularly the fledgling California wine scene. Michael saw the potential in the Windows wine program and subsequently took a huge pay cut to work as a “cellar rat” for Kevin. He progressed quickly to sommelier and had the opportunity to taste thousands of wines from their extensive cellars. In 1980, Michael began working as a salesman on the street for a now defunct wine distributor named Establishment Import Company. He was introducing New York to all sorts of new, boutique wines from California – names like Chateau St. Jean, Chateau Montelena, Sutter Home, and Stonegate! Soon after, Michael was wooed by well known French negociant Mommessin to handle the national distribution for their entire lineup of Beaujolais and Burgundy, including Clos de Tart. Michael accepted this position and became national sales manager, traveling to markets throughout the United States. In 1987, he founded Michael Skurnik Wines (now just simply Skurnik Wines) in order to bring in a few boutique wineries from California. The business grew rapidly and now Skurnik Wines represents a host of wineries from the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Greece, Hungary, and even Israel! And the rest is history.
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Beverage Director Thomas Waugh Major Food Group
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