JEFF HOLLINGER and ROB SCHWARTZ have a combined 16 years of bartending experience, with more than six at Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in San Francisco. Jeff lives in the San Francisco Bay area, and Rob lives in Manhattan.
BILL RUSSELL-SHAPIRO, proprietor of Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, is a former urban planner and political organizer who has learned the food business through 20 years’ experience in manufacturing bottled foods in the foothills of the Sierra, barbeque restaurants, and now the Hayes Valley cluster of Absinthe, Absinthe Private Dining, Arlequin Cafe & Food to Go, and Arlequin Wine Merchant.
GEORGEANNE BRENNAN is the James Beard Award-winning author of numerous cookbooks such as Great Greens. She lives in Northern California and France.
FRANKIE FRANKENY is the owner of PiperKeller in San Francisco, a unique hybrid editorial/branding agency, and the producer of The Art of the Bar. PiperKeller works with brands such as Remy USA, Chronicle Books, and Conundrum Wines. Frankie also has an extensive background in creating images like those found in The Art of the Bar, and was named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 100 Most Creative People in the US.
JULIA FLAGG is a San Francisco-based designer and Principal of Flagg Design, and Creative Director of Piper Keller. She was a designer and art director for Chronicle Books for seven years, and has designed several award-winning books.