Mixologist Katie Stipe of Last Call Consulting - Biography
New York, NY
As a young woman with a penchant for performance, Katie Stipe traded the neon lights of her Las Vegas hometown for the bright lights of the Big Apple. For Stipe (as for many would-be performers), pursuing a career in performing arts meant auditioning during the day and working the bar and restaurant scene at night.
As Stipe worked her way through the bar scene, she soon realized she had a natural talent (the mixologist “it” factor) for crafting cocktails. And she wasn’t the only one to notice. In 2003, she was hired by none other than Julie Reiner to work at her Art Deco cocktail den Flatiron Lounge. Stipe worked under Reiner for three and a half years, honing her craft and fine-tuning her palate and eventually becoming head bartender and manager.
With enough confidence to take center stage, Stipe left Flatiron in 2007 to open The Bourgeois Pig in the East Village, where she served as Beverage Director, maintaining both a progressive old world wine and beer program and an innovative cocktail list. 2008 saw Stipe reuniting with Reiner at her latest venture, Brooklyn’s Clover Club. A year later, she was part of the agave-worship at Mayahuel, playing around with the versatility of tequilas and mezcals.
Even with such a variety of experience behind her, Stipe eagerly took the opportunity to invest herself in yet another spirit-culinary concept, at the Northern European restaurant Vandaag, where she has created a market-driven cocktail list that focuses on genevers and akvavits. A consulting project, Last Call Consulting (which Stipe is building with fellow seasoned mixologist Philip Ward) will allow Stipe to share her wide range of cocktail experience with businesses and private individuals.