This week’s guest in In the Drink is Pamela Wiznitzer has a true passion and zest for the industry that is seen and tasted in every drink she serves and also transcends the bar. Since 2006, Pamela has been working throughout NYC, and most recently as the Creative Director and bartender at Seamstress on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan. She has earned honors from her industry peers such as winning 1st place in the 2014 National Restaurant Association’s “Star of the Bar” competition and 1st place in the 2013 Louis Royer “Show Me the Proof” competition. She recently was nominated as one of the top 10 bartenders for the 2015 “American Bartender of the Year” award at Tales of the cocktail and was named the “2014 Bartender of the Year” by the Village Voice. Additionally, she was just named as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s top 10 Rising Star Mixologists, is one of four inductees to the “Dames Hall of Fame” in 2015 and Named as one of Wine Enthusiasts “40 under 40” Tastemakers in 2015.
She is an active member and serves as the President of the New York chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild. Pamela is committed to and believes in the continuation of her pursuit of knowledge and is currently working towards a master’s degree in Food Studies, with a concentration on spirits and alcohol, at NYU’s Steinhardt School. Additionally, she presents her research at seminars and conferences including topics such as Women and Whiskey, history of women behind bars, and the neurology of taste. Pamela is a recent graduate of the rigorous Beverage Alcohol Resources 5 day program earning top honors by passing the course “Bar Ready.”
Pamela has been featured in multiple publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Tasting Panel, Travel & Leisure, Bar Business Magazine, The Village Voice, Zagat, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Shape, Self, ABCNews.com, and Underground Eats as well as reoccurring media appearances on the the Food Network, Vh1, NBC, LXTV, Fox & Friends and BetterTV.