Time Out Talks: Work Wonders – Getting into the drinks industry at Samsung KX

What is it?

Hungry for a career in the restaurant industry? Passionate about film, but hazy on how things work behind the camera? Maybe, you’ve just graduated from a creative degree and you’re pondering your next steps. Enter Time Out Talks: Work Wonders. We’re running a series of five panel talks, hosted by Time Out editors. Each session is a deep dive into an industry that we love, with expert panellists sharing their insights into the challenges and opportunities in their fields – and tips on how to get in there. Tickets are just £5!

When is it? 

7pm on November 8.

Why buy?

On Monday November 8, quench your thirst for knowledge at Getting into the drinks industry. Isabelle Aron, bars aficionado and Time Out’s features editor, will be hosting a fascinating talk with some truly illustrious experts:

Deano Moncrieffe, Global Agave spirits expert, owner of Hacha Bar and creator of the cocktail of year 2020

Deano Moncrieffe is a specialist consultant whose standout career began in earnest in Paris in 1999 and has seen him develop multiple small brands from concept to creation through creative innovations. Most known for creating disruptive ground breaking serves like the world’s first piece of drinkable cocktail art and his highly acclaimed award winning cocktail Mirror Margarita. A renowned global expert in Tequila and Mezcal and a qualified teacher of WSET level 2 on all spirits.

Most recently Deano worked as a specialist luxury Tequila expert for Diageo overseeing Europe, Africa and the Middle East as well as creating a new capability training manual for over 150 global Diageo brand ambassadors

Deano Moncrieffe’s career has so far been defined by creativity, passion, innovation and a dedicated approach to ensuring the absolute maximum emotional connection between brand and consumer as well as bartender and customer. 

Honey Spencer, sommelier and wine director for the Palomar Group

Honey Spencer’s rise within the world of wine has been an energetic, dynamic and progressive journey so far. Shortly after graduating from Kingston University in Business with Languages, where she spent a year in Paris, she started her career in hospitality. She has since worked and travelled across the globe at world renowned venues such as Sager and Wilde in London, Den Vandrette in Copenhagen, 10 William Street in Sydney and Noma in Mexico. 

In 2018, Honey founded BASTARDA, an events platform rallying tastemakers and daredevils across the world via food and drink. Each event is unique but promises to always have the same fun and irreverent format, pushing at the boundaries of taste and joining the global dots across industries. 

Honey is a fierce advocate for sustainability within the wine industry, using her voice to bring the importance of responsible agriculture to the wider cultural conscience. She was listed in Drink’s Business ‘50 Most Powerful Sommeliers in London 2019', CODE's 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality, came second in the Best Sommelier Category at the 2019 GQ Awards, and is now on the GQ Awards panel as an industry expert and regular contributor.  

Honey is currently wine director for the Palomar Group, selecting and curating the wine list for all restaurants with a specific focus on The Mulwray wine bar and Evelyn’s Table, the intimate 10 seater counter dining experience led by Luke Selby, where she punctuates each dish with an ever-evolving selection of wines and sakes. 

Brodie Meah, co-founder of Top Cuvée

Brodie Meah has a long history with the hospitality industry, beginning his career collecting glasses in a nightclub to make ends meet while studying at university in Manchester. Meah soon realised his future lay in bars and restaurants, emboldened by his passion propelling him from working from the very bottom to rapidly climbing the ranks of the city’s buzzing hospitality scene. He went on to run some of Manchester’s best cocktail bars including The Liars Club and Manchester House. Meah’s love of food then took him to Melbourne, Australia, where he worked at independent restaurants focused on good food and natural wine and the complexity of quality coffee. He then joined the management team right at the beginning of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Australia, before returning to Leroy, whilst he began working on his own projects. Joining forces with Max Venning, Manchester born bartender and owner of Three Sheets and Little Mercies, they embarked on their project to create Top Cuvée, their neighbourhood wine bar and Shop Cuvée the national natural bottle shop. In September this year, they opened a new site in Bethnal Green – Shop and Cave Cuvée, a second site of their natural wine shop and deli as well as an underground wine bar. 

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  • Your ticket is valid for one entry to Time Out Talks: Work Wonders – Getting into the drinks industry at Samsung KX on Monday November 8.
  • Please present your e-ticket on arrival. Ticket is only valid for selected time and date.
  • The event starts promptly at 7pm. Doors open at 6.30pm.
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  • Venue Address: Samsung KX, Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4DQ.
  • Seating is unallocated on a first come first served basis.
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Coronavirus Measures:

  • Samsung KX is strictly operating in accordance with current government guidelines.
  • All event capacities are in line with these and social distancing rules will be followed.
  • Face coverings are encouraged to be worn by adults, unless exempt, when inside the store.
  • Any equipment used will be fully sanitised.
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