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Dante LoPresti

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Dante was born in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2008, he moved to Chicago just to shake things up a bit. His first time behind the bar was working for various caterers in the Chicago area, after which he became a bar back at a Wrigleyville establishment. The biggest turning point for him was joining the Academy of Spirits where, under the mentoring of Master Mixologist Bridget Albert, realized the incredible opportunity to take his craft to a new level.

After a trying first year in Chicago and almost moving back to Arizona, he began working at a River North hotspot under the tutelage of New York City's Tippling Bros., Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci. There he cut his teeth in a high volume market fresh cocktail concept specializing in Tequila and Mezcal. After competing in various competitions, continuing education at the Advanced Culinary Mixology Academy, and designing specialty cocktails for various restaurant bar menus, in May of 2011, he won the National Restaurant Association's International Spirits Wine and Beer Event, Star of the Bar Competition. Currently he is now working at one of Chicago's best new bars featuring a cocktail list of over 60+ old classics as well as contributing to a rotating house cocktail list. Dante also continues to work freelance for various spirit companies and private clients.