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John Maraffa

Corporate Beverage Manager, Morton's The Steakhouse | Strip House Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge | Morton's Grille

Experienced hospitality leader with comprehensive restaurant and corporate leadership history. Oversees beverage operations for International luxury brand operating in 6 countries. Expertise in cost controls, control state management, program organization and development, supplier and distributor relations, and sommelier development and leadership. Skilled in wine list development and management and cocktail ideation and implementation.

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Mark Guillaudeu MS

Master Sommelier, 2022 Best USA Sommelier, #6 Best Sommelier of the Americas 2022, #15 Best Sommelier of the World 2023 and Sommelier at Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix

Arthur Hon

Beverage Director at the Modern, Union Square Hospitality Group, New York

Kat Hawkins

Wine Director at Miru, Tre Dita, and the St. Regis Bar, St. Regis, Chicago