Nate used to say, “I’m the only guy I know who’ll still be bartending when I’m 60!” While he’s shifted his career somewhat, he is absolutely dedicated to helping bars and bartenders everywhere.
With a knack for pulling great ideas out of thin air, Nate’s happiest when he’s tapping into his creative process. His cocktails have been featured in the Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Imbibe Magazine, and more. He won Best Bartender Pacific Northwest two years in a row, was the Victoria finalist in the Barate Kid Competition, and won the Jameson Punch Bowl Competition. In 2013, Nate co-authored the book Cocktail Culture with Shawn Soole.
Nate’s encyclopedic knowledge of wine, spirits, and cocktails enables him to train bartenders on effective selling techniques. When he isn’t exploring the wonders of his palate, he is watching the Simpsons.
Once upon a time, Kyle rode a bus from Montreal to Toronto and back while watching nothing but bartending videos. After that trip, Kyle was hooked. As a hustling busboy in Montreal, he relentlessly had bartenders quiz him on shots and cocktails. His keen interest eventually landed him a job at some of the best cocktail bars in in Toronto and Victoria (also some of the best in the country). He has been featured in publications such as The Globe and Mail, the Times Colonist, and EAT Magazine. Kyle was a Victoria finalist for the speed bartending competition Barate Kid. Now, over 13 years’ worth of experience later, Kyle has served in every role imaginable.
Kyle still loves the craft of cocktails, but he’s shifted his primary passion to hospitality management and training. He now dedicates his time to helping bars and restaurants communicate their story and improve their digital strategies.