Master Mixologist, Founder of Crafthouse Cocktails and Crafthouse by Fortessa
A Chicago native and lifelong food and beverage professional, Charles teamed with Fortessa Tableware Solutions, an industry leading designer and manufacturer of tableware, to launch Crafthouse by Fortessa in fall 2016. The relationship promises a new barware and glassware collection that will raise home mixology to the highest level of professional-made craft cocktails.
Charles has also collaborated with esteemed restaurateur, Matt Lindner, to create Crafthouse Cocktails, a line of premium, bottled cocktails that debuted in 2013 and has since expanded to nationwide distribution. Crafthouse Cocktails have received the highest ratings ever in the category and continue to build a loyal followings with high profile placements in locations such as United Airlines, arenas and refined retailers.
Previously, Charles was Beverage Director at the Aviary in Chicago, partnering with Chef Grant Achatz and his team to create one of the most progressive beverage programs in the world. Charles, the former Chief Mixologist and founder of the Drawing Room and Executive General Manager for Three Headed Productions, has opened and overseen seven venues in three different states,
A certified mixologist, Charles focuses on a balance between the classics and his own seasonal original cocktails. With a strong emphasis on knowing the roots of the craft along with a progressive vision for the future, the menus he’s created are a glimpse at mixology in the second golden age of the cocktail. Charles’ cocktails are distinguished by his emphasis on seasonal, fresh ingredients.
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