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Mony Bunni (she/her), a proud first-generation Arab American, is a 16-year hospitality veteran and Chicagoland native who is working to advocate for normalizing conversations about mental health for BIPOC and hospitality professionals. Over the course of her career she has worked her way up from cocktail serving and bartending at Sable Kitchen and Bar to leadership positions at Queen Mary Tavern and Boleo at the Kimpton Gray Hotel. In 2016 she won the title of Miss Speedrack Midwest and then became the first woman of color and the first Chicago bartender to win the Speedrack national title in 2017. In 2019 she cofounded Support Staff, a nonprofit that supports the mental health and well-being of hourly employees in the hospitality industry, and she is currently serving as the beverage development specialist at Tenzing Wine and Spirits. She resides in Chicago, with her husband, Graham, and Pam the cat.
An experienced bartender, restaurateur, certified sommelier, and Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) from the Society of Wine Educators, Ryan Maybee, cofounder of J. Rieger & Co., is a veteran when it comes to wine, spirits, and mixology. He was the first person to complete the Bar Master Certification from Beverage Alcohol Resource in New York City, was named Bartender of the Year by Imbibe in 2013, and is a former finalist in Vinos de Jerez Cocktail Competition and the Angostura Bitters Global Cocktail Challenge. Ryan has played a crucial role in reviving J. Rieger & Co. and helped the brand gain national prestige. His creative libations have also received national acclaim in top-tier publications like Wine Enthusiast, Food and Wine, Imbibe, Vogue, GQ, Esquire, Vanity Fair, and more. He lives in the historic Northeast neighborhood of Kansas City with his Great Dane, Moose.
A Steel City craft cocktail pioneer, Spencer Warren has opened many beloved establishments in Pittsburgh over the years, beginning in 2004 with the Firehouse Lounge and followed by Embury, the first bar in the city to focus on classic, pre-Prohibition cocktails. He brought the much-anticipated Miracle Holiday Pop-Up Bar to the Warren Bar & Burrow, which he founded in 2018, along with the neighboring Penn Cover Eatery. Recognized for developing the city’s cocktail culture, Spencer is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Nightclub and Bar Award in the Small Wonder Bar of the Year category in 2011.