Interview with Lawrence J. “Laddie” Weiss, VIBE Conference Co-Founder and Event Director

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Interview with Lawrence J. “Laddie” Weiss, VIBE Conference Co-Founder and Event Director March 28, 2016   |   By Mike Raven MR:  My first question is probably an obvious one: Why the move from Las Vegas to San Diego? LW: …

Marriott International Launches ‘The Masters of Craft’ Search for Next Beverage Rock Stars

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Ready to shake up the market and take on the big boys? Then Marriott International is looking for you. The global hotel leader has issued an open call for up-and-coming craft spirits distillers and wine producers to compete for selection…

Preview of the 2016 VIBE conference

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VIBE Conference 2016 is coming soon!   VIBE is changing up its location this year to beautiful San Diego. The hosting hotel is the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, offering amazing views of the San Diego Bay and located in…

Biz Mix: Hospitality Executive Exchange conference

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Hospitality Executive Exchange (HEE) launched five years ago with one priority: to focus on conversations. The program has evolved into one of the most exclusive and talked about conferences in the hospitality industry and has quickly become…

Biz Mix: SWE Conference 2015

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The 39th annual conference of the Society of Wine Educators was held this past August 11-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Highlights included New Orleans-inspired food (of course), as well as 60 information-filled sessions led by a dynamic group…

Ultimate Beverage Challenge reviews amari and vermouths

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Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) was founded in 2010 by award-winning author/critic/journalist/educator F. Paul Pacult, publishing executive and editor Sue Woodley, and consultant David Talbot. In 2013, editor/journalist Sean Ludford became…

Speed Rack Female Bartending Competition Announces Fifth National Tour

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Country’s Top Female Bartenders Compete in Speed Bartending Competition, Raising Funds for Breast Cancer Research NEW YORK, October 22, 2015 Serious stirring and shaking is about to happen, thanks to the return of Speed Rack, the all-female…

Ultimate Beverage Challenge: Rye Whiskey

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Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) was founded in 2010 by award-winning author/critic/journalist/educator F. Paul Pacult, publishing executive and editor Sue Woodley, and consultant David Talbot. In 2013, editor/journalist Sean Ludford became…

Celebrating America’s Second Gilded Age of Cocktails and Spirits

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By F. Paul Pacult Many people collect stamps or sports memorabilia, or play golf as an avocation. My favored leisure pursuit is ambling into the misty, fuggy and frequently Nordic-cool atmosphere of bars in any burgh, metropolis or hamlet…

Biz Mix – Spring Events

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A re-cap of this spring’s activities in the on-premise national account business world. CORE PARTY For the fifth year in a row, VIBE (Very Important Business Executives) honored CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees) as their official charity…

2015 Consumer Wine Awards

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By Tim Hanni, MW Looking for some truly exciting and different wines to put on your list or feature by the glass? The Consumer Wine Awards results are in and, once again, demonstrate how excited everyday wine lovers can be about the wines…

Ultimate Beverage Guide: Gin

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Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) was founded in 2010 by award-winning author/critic/journalist/educator F. Paul Pacult, publishing executive and editor Sue Woodley, and consultant David Talbot. In 2013, editor/journalist Sean Ludford became…

Ultimate Beverage Challenge Reviews Vodka

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Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) was founded in 2010 by award-winning author/critic/journalist/educator F. Paul Pacult, publishing executive and editor Sue Woodley, and consultant David Talbot. In 2013, editor/journalist Sean Ludford became…