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Charles Joly is a Chicago-native and lifelong food and beverage professional. Most recently, Charles has teamed up with Fortessa Tableware Solutions, an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of tableware, to launch Crafthouse by Fortessa in Fall 2016 – a new barware & glassware collection that will raise home mixology to the highest level of professional-made craft cocktails.
Charles has also collaborated with esteemed restaurateur, Matt Lindner, to create Crafthouse Cocktails – a line of premium, bottled cocktails that debuted in 2013and has since expanded to nationwide distribution. Crafthouse Cocktails have received the highest ratings ever in the category and continue to build a loyal following with high profile placements in locations such as United Airlines, arenas, and refined retailers.
Charles was previously the Beverage Director at the Aviary in Chicago. Partnered with Chef Grant Achatz and his team, this venture proved to be one of the most progressive beverage programs in the world. Former Chief Mixologist and founder of the Drawing Room and Executive General Manager for Three Headed Productions, Charles has opened and overseen seven venues in three different states and has developed one of the most respected beverage programs in the nation.
His career has been quickly rising in the national and international mixology scene with a long list of competition wins and industry awards. In 2014, Charles was named Global Bartending Champion in Diageo’s World Class Competition – one of the industry’s most prestigious awards. His other accolades include a 2013 James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program at The Aviary, James Beard Award nominations in 2015 – 2018 for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional, and he was named American Bartender of the Year in 2013 at the annual Tales of the Cocktail. Additionally, Charles has received much industry praise, being named one of Bon Appétit‘s 10 Most Influential Bartenders, one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top Spirit and Wine Professionals and Crain’s 40 Under 40. He has also contributed his talents to a number of high-profile events including Oprah’s 25thAnniversary Party, the 2015 Grammy’s, 2016 & 17 Emmys, 2016, 17 & 18 Academy Awards, celebrity weddings and The Kentucky Derby.
A certified mixologist, Charles focuses on a balance between the classics and his own seasonal original cocktails. With a strong emphasis on knowing the roots of the craft along with a progressive vision for the future, the menus he’s created are a glimpse at mixology in the second golden age of the cocktail. Charles’ cocktails are distinguished by his emphasis on seasonal, fresh ingredients.
When not working in Chicago, Charles travels the globe studying spirits and cocktails at their roots, educates bartenders and spreads his passion for spirits and cocktails.