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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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Valerie Cao

Director of Operations and Beverage Director at Le Colonial Chicago

Liz Kowal

Wine Certificate Instructor, Hospitality at College of DuPage