Virtual program hosted on Zoom


Apr 21, 2021


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Free, registration required

Sunset Salons: Craft Cocktails

Free, Register Now!

We’re reprising one of our favorite salons from last season! Local A-list of bartenders and mixologists join us for a behind-the-bar glimpse at the science and stories behind the resurgent craft cocktail craze.

Missed the program, but still interested in the conversation?

Check out the video recording of the live stream discussion below!

Featured Panelists

Click here to read featured panelist bios!


5:50pm – Online stream opens
6:00 – Featured panelist conversation begins
7:00 – Closing remarks, questions, and farewells

How to Register for Zoom Salon

The Sunset Salons: Craft Cocktails Live Stream is free to attend. Click here to complete registration form; a web link to join the Zoom live stream will be sent to you directly.

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Featured Panelists Bios


Julia Petiprin has over 19 years of bar and restaurant design and operations experience.  A Cincinnati transplant by way of Los Angeles, Julia has immersed herself into Cincinnati’s community with her love of cocktails, spirits, and the hospitality industry. She is currently the CEO and Director of Operations for Homemakers Bar, a new casual craft cocktail bar and eatery in Cincinnati, co-owner of Circle Hospitality Group, and co-developer and former operator of Sundry and Vice. She was the interior designer on both Homemakers Bar and the Sundry and Vice projects. Julia ran the beverage program at Sundry and Vice for the first four years of operations. Julia was accepted into and completed the Bar 5-Day™ program, a prestigious spirits education in New York City. BAR® (the Beverage Alcohol Resource) holds the reputation as “the most trusted, comprehensive, innovative, and autonomous source of systematic information on distilled spirits and mixology in the beverage alcohol industry.” Last year she competed in Speed Rack, an all-female high-speed bartending competition designed to highlight up-and-coming woman in the cocktail industry and to give back to those affected by breast cancer. She also competed in the Lux Row Bourbon Battle where she won the semi-final and got the opportunity to compete at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. As part of the Speed Rack community, she was able to be a part of Speed Rack Academy where she taught a virtual class on two- and three-ingredient cocktails and partnered with Four Roses Bourbon. Recently she was featured in the fifth edition of the Jack Daniels Black Book, a highly regarded book featuring up-and-coming bartenders that is an extension of the Tasting Panel magazine.

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Mike Stankovich

has worked in the bar and restaurant industry his entire professional life: as a cook, server, bartender, DJ, promoter, manager and owner. His passion for hospitality and the restaurant business evolved into a career while he was managing restaurants in Washington D.C., Boston and Brooklyn.

After relocating to Cincinnati in 2016, Mike was ready to take the next step and opened his own bar and restaurant called Longfellow. Longfellow was received and welcomed into the Cincinnati dining scene with high regard.

His philosophy of service is based in over two decades of experience and real-world application. Mike believes and practices a simple approach to this industry; trends come and go but, no matter what, good food, delicious drink and above all, genuine hospitality, are the principles that build a successful place in the restaurant industry.

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Jacob Trevino, founder and CEO of Gorilla Cinema Presents, has specialized in bar consulting and developing cocktail programs for the past 16 years. He is the owner of The Overlook Lodge (ranked by Playboy magazine and USA Today as one of the top bars in the United States), Tiki Tiki Bang Bang, The Lonely Pine Steakhouse, La Ofrenda Tequila Bar and Tokyo Kitty, the last of which is pioneering robotics in the service industry.

With roots that lie in Texas and Louisiana, Jacob has been able to follow trends in the cocktail market and bring that knowledge to the Midwest bar and restaurant scene. He has done consulting innovation work for Kroger, PepsiCo and Frito-Lay. He has also worked to bring iconic American legacy brands such as Pan Am to life with Gorilla Cinema’s Pan Am Layover Lounge “Pop up” bar experience, which toured Ohio in 2019.

Armed with that varied background, Jacob’s been able to bring new and innovative ideas to the Ohio market. He believes that craft cocktails alone aren’t enough to differentiate. By freshening up the [old and overdone] idea of the craft cocktail and mixing it with interesting settings and unique immersive experiences, he’s found a point of difference unlike any of the current competitors. Jacob has been named Cincinnati Refined’s “Most Interesting Bar Owner in Cincinnati”.

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Julie Niesen has been covering local food since 2008. Her award-winning blog, wine me dine me, has been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, Serious Eats, The Cincinnati Enquirer (and its former weekly, Metromix), WCPO Digital, CityBeat, and on WCPO-TV, Fox19, and many more. She is a longtime resident of Over-the-Rhine where she lives with her French bulldogs. Julie also owns an award-winning makeup and hair studio, BRIDEface, and consults.


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