Allen Katz is the Director of Mixology & Spirits Education for Southern Wine & Sprits of New York. He is also the co-founder of the New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he produces Perry’s Tot – Navy Strength Gin & Dorothy Parker – American Gin…and forthcoming rye whiskey.
In addition to presenting food and beverage seminars for public and private groups, Allen has worked as a business consultant and in cocktail development for some of the most recognized brands in the beverage industry. He has been a featured sommelier at wine festivals in Naples, Florida and Sun Valley, Idaho in recent years and is a lecturer on spirits and mixology for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) in New York City as well as for the Food Studies Program at New York University.
Allen is a frequent presenter at trade shows and industry events. He is a regular speaker at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, the New York Wine & Food Festival, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic and NASFT’s Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, Chicago and New York and The National Restaurant Association’s annual convention in Chicago on topics of regional food and beverage heritage in America.
Allen serves on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society, the host of Tales of the Cocktail, and on the Advisory Board of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. He is also on the Advisory Board of Liquor.com. He is Chairman Emeritus (ex officio) of the Board of Directors for Slow Food U.S.A.