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David Kaplan

Workshop: How to Win Friends and Influence People

David Kaplan is the founder and co-owner of Death & Company, a New York City nightlife destination, as well as the founder and co-owner of Proprietors LLC, a full service hospitality company, with Alex Day and Devon Tarby.
David has worked in the hospitality business since the age of 13. In the summer of 2006, he opened Death & Company – a nightlife establishment that represented a return to service, craft and authenticity. Soon after the establishment opened, Death & Company received both critical and customer acclaim for its inventive, innovative, authentic cocktails and its attention to service, detail, design and decor. Death & Co has been featured in countless publications and many top roundups of worldwide bars. At the 2010 Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards Death & Co won American’s Best Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu.
David has continued his spirits and cocktail education through the successful completion of the Beverage Alcohol Resource course, Cocktails in the Country Seminar presented by Gary Regan, weekly tastings, endless readings and hosting Cocktail Roundtables for the New York cocktail community. In 2008, he released a high proof molasses-based rum, Scarlet Ibis, with Haus Alpenz Importing. In 2009 the interior design book Dark Nostalgia came out, recognizing David’s design work in Death & Co amongst many of his idols including Roman & Williams, Julian Schnabel and Philippe Starck.
Shortly after opening Death & Co David formed a new company in partnership with Alex Day, Proprietors LLC, a design and consulting company with hospitality and spirits focus. Proprietors has consulted on flavor profiles for new spirits, art directed spirit and product launches and all related materials, created cocktail portfolios for new brands, and opened bars and restaurants all over the country and abroad.

David currently lives in New York and LA and is growing Proprietors LLC with a host of new projects on both coasts.

For more information, please visit http://www.proprietorsllc.com/

Twitter: @dkproprietors

Instagram: @dkproprietors