Tales of the Cocktail Foundation Announces the 2024 Cocktail Apprentice Program Class

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is pleased to announce the 2024 Cocktail Apprentice Program (CAP) Class. Founded in 2008 as a platform for burgeoning bartenders to learn and work alongside industry leaders and experts, CAP has hosted more than 500 apprentices during its 16-year tenure. Working together to prepare and execute cocktails for large-scale, high-volume events at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, CAP apprentices gain invaluable experience while serving as the foundation for TOTC’s beverage programming. 

This year, 40 rising bartenders have earned the opportunity to become first-year apprentices, known as CAP Red Coats, and join the revered group at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. CAP Red Coats will work together under an experienced “Grey Coat” mentor to create cocktails and tastings for TOTC seminars, signature programming such as Tales Catalyst and the Spirited Awards ceremony, and other headlining TOTC events. Throughout the conference, apprentices can be identified by the color of their coats: white for managers, black for assistant managers, grey for leaders, and red for first-time apprentices.

"As we continue to grow and evolve the Cocktail Apprentice Program we are again and again shown that our efforts are impacting an ever-widening audience," said Trevor Kallies, CAP Director. "After 15 years of CAPs executing at Tales of the Cocktail, this year we received a record-breaking number of applications. Our Selection Committee reviewed over 600 applications from over 55 countries. Our returning Grey Coats are a mix of 20 new and veteran CAPs all with different backgrounds. We are welcoming two new Black Coats and one new White Coat. It is extremely important to this program that we continue to prioritize having a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds and ensure that we are always making room for the next generation of CAPs to grow into leadership roles. We are excited to welcome all the new CAPs to the team and look forward to another amazing Tales of the Cocktail this July."

This year’s incoming CAP Red Coat class represents a broad geographical range, with apprentices joining from 15 countries and 24 states (including Washington, D.C.). Apprentices were selected through a competitive process that considers recipe submissions, professional experience, and the ability to work with a fast-paced, global team. The class was selectively chosen to promote global diversity and ensure a balance between newer and experienced professionals.

By working directly with seminar presenters, program apprentices hone their skills while simultaneously learning about both the history and future of their craft. After the conference, apprentices are able to apply their new skills to their home and work environments, taking the impact of CAP back to their communities. In addition to technical skills, the valuable professional connections and the team camaraderie fostered during the event have been consistently praised by members as the most valuable assets the program offers.

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation would like to thank the 2024 CAP Presenting Partners: Grand Marnier and Pernod Ricard; Supporting Partners: Crown Royal and Tequila Ocho; CAP Coat Partner: Barfly, and the official CAP 2024 Media Partner: Pre Shift. 

TOTCF is pleased to announce the 2024 CAP Class: 

2024 Red Coat Apprentices: 

Ryan Betts


Sydney, NSW, Australia


Sarah Bush


Montgomery, AL


Santiago Cobar

Fox Bar

Chicago, IL


Nick Cook

Fontainebleau Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV


Mark Coulter

Breakthru Beverage

Chicago, IL


Máté Csizmadia

Pink Pony Club

Budapest, Hungary


Erin Dassler

Peacock Lounge

Savannah, GA


Fiona Davison 

The Starving Artist

Phoenix, AZ


Sahil Essani


Bengaluru, Karnataka, India


Erika Fajilagot

Cat Bite Club



Cande Ferros

Eye Cocktail Bar / Atto di Vito Mollica

Florence, Italy


Mike Finn


Chicago, IL


Karla Galeazzi

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Vancouver, BC, Canada


Chris Geels

The Wine Cafe

Mankato, MN


Ashley Graham

Alma & GHST Bar

Oklahoma City, OK


Aliya Harrison

The Bourbon House

Albuquerque, NM


Rory Kerwin

J.W. Heist Steakhouse/ Copper Rose Ranch

Bozeman, MT


Lili Lambert


Louisville, KY


Chris Lui

LPM Restaurant & Bar

Hong Kong


Madeleine MacDonald


Calgary, AB, Canada


Beatriz Maida

Bar Pájaro

San Salvador, El Salvador


Cody Mashni


Jacksonville, FL


Alfonsina Medina


Tafí Viejo, Tucumán, Argentina


Dominique Munoz

Books and Records

San Diego, CA


Jessica O'Brien

Teddy Roe’s Speakeasy

Albuquerque, NM


Joe Oddo

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Washington, D.C.


Lyn Perez

Fox & Turtle / No School Tomorrow

Chicago, IL


Isadora Petinari

9 Below

Dublin, Ireland


Pedro Rodriguez

Camp Everglades

Miami, FL


Hector Sam-Roman

TAO Downtown Nightclub

New York, NY


Emma Schroter

The Keefer Bar

Vancouver, BC, Canada


Kate Shofler

Hey! Hey! Club at J. Rieger & Co

Kansas City, MO


Alexandria Skori

10 Cubed NYC

New York, NY


Liz Smith

Papi Portland

Portland, ME


Tom Svensson

Boston Shaker Bar

Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia


Joshua Thompson

Metropolis by Marcus Samuelsson

New York, NY


Kim Vo

Dutch CourageBaltimore, MD


Theo Yeboah

CARMEL Restaurant

London, UK


Ken Young


New York, NY


Neo Zane

The Little Pig Speakeasy

Dublin, Ireland


2024 Grey Coat Apprentices:


Jen Akin


Seattle, WA


Alina Lucia Cichozki

Flying Dutchmen Cocktails

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands


Joseph Coleman

Doublespeak Craft Cocktails

Aquebogue, NY


Kelly Dcruz

The Secret Mermaid / The World Is Flat



Kai Duarte

Makawao Public House

Makawao, HI


Ashley Flynn

The Drake Hotel

Toronto, ON, Canada


Tim Frandsen

The Little Gay Pub / José Andrés Group

Washington, D.C.


Jackson Gracy

Aerie Restaurant & Lounge

Traverse City, MI


Aaron Hatchell

S&V Uptown

Waterloo, ON, Canada


Gabriela Holzer

Thyme Table

Cleveland, OH


Matt Huntley

High West Distillery

Park City, UT


Corrie Levis

HE | LE | NA 

Tel Aviv, Israel


Kai Lucas

European Bartender School / Metropolis by Marcus Samuelsson

New York City, NY


Tyler MacLellan

Three Dots and a Dash

Chicago, IL


Vito Morales 


Los Angeles, CA


Jessica Neblina

Employees Only

Los Angeles, CA


Lauren Pileggi

The Night Owl

Sudbury, ON, Canada


Joel Spencer


London, UK


Nicole Stankovic

Szechwan Chinese Kitchen

Park City, UT


Brandon Thrash

Middle Child Clubhouse

Philadelphia, PA


2024 Black Coat Apprentices:


Samantha Casuga

Temple Bar

New York, NY


Glenn Eldridge

Pernod Ricard Gulf

Dubai, U.A.E.


Rylen Komeiji

Todo Bien

Las Vegas, NV


Sarah Syman

Ramova Theatre

Chicago, IL


2024 White Coat Apprentices:


Alexis Belton

Metropolis by Marcus Samuelsson

New York, NY


Richie Delahoyde*

Illva Saronno

Dublin, Ireland


Kaleena Goldsworthy-Warnock

Proof Incubator and Maven Table

Chattanooga, TN


Trevor Kallies

JOEY Restaurant Group

Vancouver, BC, Canada


Juyoung Kang

Fontainebleau Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV


*denotes Jr. White Coat


CAP Advisor:

Cris Dehlavi

Diageo Hospitality Partnership

Columbus, OH