MISTY KALKOFEN first stepped behind the bar while studying theology
at Harvard Divinity School and soon realized what most excited her about
the Bible was the passage in which Jesus turns water into wine. Kalkofen has spent over twenty years honing her craft and has earned a reputation as one of America’s foremost authorities on cocktail history and culture. She has been featured in Bon Appetit, Imbibe, Food & Wine Cocktail editions, Wine Enthusiast, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Tasting Panel, Wine & Spirits, and more. In 2013, she decided to focus attention on her love for all things agave by joining the team of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. Always one to find a good reason for a party, Kalkofen founded the Boston chapter of Ladies United for the Preservation of the Endangered Cocktail (LUPEC) thus fulfilling her desire to “cocktail for a cause.” Since then, LUPEC has raised more than $40,000 for local Boston women’s charities by throwing the best parties in town.
KIRSTEN "KITTY" AMANN has more than fifteen years of experience in the beverage industry as a brand ambassador, publicist, bartender, and writer. She is the MA-based Brand Ambassador for Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, and partners with Jonathan Pogash of The Cocktail Guru as his Marketing and Business Development Guru, representing brands and presenting at cocktail events nationwide. Kitty spent four years as Boston’s first Brand Ambassador for Fernet‑Branca and her past marketing clients include Plymouth, Beefeater, Bols Genever, The Bitter Truth, No. 3 Gin, and more. Kitty works with clients to champion their brands, develop dynamic events, create delicious cocktails and design unforgettable experiences. She has been teaching yoga in Boston for 10 years and works with clients in the beverage industry and beyond to find healthy balance. Kitty is a founding member of the Boston chapter of LUPEC and the U.S. Bartenders Guild. She writes a monthly cocktail column for the MA Beverage Business under the byline “Pink Lady,” and her cocktail writing has appeared in Daily Candy, The Weekly Dig, and Chilled Magazine, among others.
CHRIS VOSS is the producer and editor of the Drinking Like Ladies Podcast. His day job is as a DJ for Classical Radio Boston, 99.5 FM WCRB in Boston, and you can hear him every weekday afternoon from 3-7pm spinning great 300 year old hits. Also, if you want some bedtime stories during the covid-19 crisis, come along to the Aurora Bedtime Story Project, every weeknight at 8:30pm, live facebook and youtube!