Lauren Mote is a sought-after consultant and expert in the global spirits industry. Lauren is a Founding Partner of Bittered Sling®, Chard & Laver Agency, Nightcap Media and Kale & Nori Culinary Arts. She’s also the co-founder of Women Celebrate – a social media initiative to highlight women and fem folx in the drink industry and their achievements.
An active member and educator within the global spirits industry, Mote has led seminars at Bar Convent Berlin and Sao Paulo, TED, Vancouver, Barometer and presented at World’s 50 Best Bars Awards. Lauren is a part of the Tales of the Cocktail’s Culture, Education and Spirited Award committees. Lauren was recognized by her industry peers as one of the top 4 “International Brand Ambassadors of the Year 2019”, top 4 “Best Bar Mentor 2020” at the annual Spirited Awards and the first Canadian woman inducted into the “Dame Hall of Fame” by Tales of the Cocktail. Lauren is often included in the industry’s best lists, including the Bar World 100 by Drinks International, celebrating the very best of the global drinks industry.
With more than 25 years’ experience creating local, sustainable fare for some of Canada’s most celebrated, ingredient-driven establishments, award-winning Chef Jonathan Chovancek is a well-established virtuoso of taste, preparation and presentation. Jonathan is a Founding Partner of Bittered Sling®, Chard & Laver Agency, Nightcap Media and Kale & Nori Culinary Arts. Over the past 10 years, Jonathan has expanded his expertise to include a certification in Digital Marketing, and talents as a professional beverage, food and lifestyle photographer. Today, Jonathan is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and manages the day to day operations of Bittered Sling, while servicing his many clients in the digital storytelling and photography world.