Over the course of his multifaceted career, ICE Director of Beverage Studies Anthony Caporale has consulted on the bar programs for Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, Bloomingdales’ Flip! Burger and 48 Lounge in Rockefeller Center. He has also spearheaded YouTube’s very first bartender training series, Art of the Drink, and garnered rave reviews for his off-Broadway show, The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking.
As an ICE Culinary Management instructor, Anthony performs the role of mixology myth buster, exposing the economic and human resources issues that can sink even the most exciting bar program. “People always say you make all your money behind the bar in restaurants. It’s laughable because you’re literally tracking liquid, which is much, much harder than noticing the disappearance of silverware or chicken breasts. In fact, most restaurants are losing money behind the bar because they haven’t properly trained and motivated their staff.”
Read on to learn more about Anthony's unconventional career path and expert insights on bar management.