Episode 20

Beyond the Drink: Julie Reiner and Simon Ford (S9/Ep.20)

Published on: 29th November, 2023

Julie Reiner and Simon Ford, two extraordinary minds and close friends in the cocktail world, each bring their unique contributions to the bar scene. With 25 years of elevating New York City's cocktail scene through iconic establishments like Flatiron Lounge and The Pegu Club, Julie has become a trailblazer in the industry. She was recently featured as a judge on the acclaimed Netflix series, Drink Masters.

Simon Ford is the co-founder of The 86 Co. and Ford’s Gin. He is a prominent voice in the spirits and cocktail world. Simon is a returning guest of Beyond the Plate (Season 6 and Season 8) and while he’s had a huge impact on gin culture in the US and beyond, he shares the global impact and influence Julie's had on the cocktail scene.

Sharing their commitment to community, Simon discusses how Fords Gin is always trying to push their social consciousness forward through their support of the bartending community. Julie explains her work with the Kokua Restaurant & Hospitality Fund, a fund that provides immediate assistance to restaurant, bar and hospitality workers displaced by the devastating wildfires in West Maui communities. Enjoy this episode as we go Beyond the Drink… with Julie Reiner and Simon Ford.

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Beyond the Plate
Social Impact in the Culinary World
Join Andrew “Kappy” Kaplan as he sits down in-person with the world’s culinary elite to explore their journey into the food industry and the social impact they have made in their community. Every episode will share inspiring stories of what it means to be in today’s hospitality industry.

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