This week on The Speakeasy, Damon Boelte is joined by bartender, musician and all around great guy Kevin Denton. Denton crafts cocktails that utilize obscure ingredients and modern techniques. Denton worked his way up as a journeyman bartender at establishments steeped in classic and neo-classic form.Denton was born in Lawrence, Kansas in 1979. He earned his Bachelors and Masters of Regional Planning degrees from the Architecture, Art and Planning College of Cornell University in 2001, and 2003. Following a brief period as a land use planner in Philadelphia, Denton moved to New York in 2005 to become head bartender at Danny Meyer’s “Tabla.” He worked as a bar consultant in Siena, Italy, for a boutique, historic hotel. Upon returning stateside, he assisted in opening “Hotel Delmano” in Williamsburg (2008) and shortly thereafter was part of the opening staff at the Tequilaria “Mayahuel” in the East Village.His most recent work experience was as General Manager and Beverage Director for Gramercy Terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel, where he established the city’s first rooftop bar and restaurant garden. Denton, and his cocktails, have been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, Details, and Men’s Health magazines. He has also been featured on the Martha Stewart Show, and as a guest Mixologist for the Cooking Channel’s Holiday programming (2012). This program was brought to you by The International Culinary Center.
“WD50 allowed people, without much thought to the bottom line, to explore and be creative.” [03:00]
–Kevin Denton on The Speakeasy