Q: What is your job at A10?
AB: I am the official lover of all beverages!
Q: What beverages are you loving at A10?
AB: I’m exploring an aperitif idea. In Liguria, coastal Mediterranean, Provence, Costa Brava, for example, there is a strong aperitif culture. And, I love the social aspect of this. People come together at the end of the day, they talk, cook, and enjoy these lightly alcoholic drinks that are special and festive, but not so strong that you sleep through dinner. Like everything we’re thinking about here, this is a centuries-old practice that is deeply rooted in culinary traditions of the region.
Q: How do you create the cocktails featured on the menu?
AB: I was a history major in college and I love to research the background of the spirits and ingredients we use. I think about creating a cocktail in very much the same way Matthias thinks about creating a dish. Like with food, there is a balance of flavors that allows someone to experience the depth and complexity of a cocktail’s flavors. I want to encourage people to appreciate and understand spirits in the same way they do wine – the context, history, flavor. Spirits tell a story of people and place in the same way wines do.