JEN ACKRILL - DIRECTOR OF MIXOLOGY, SKY AND TOP OF WAIKIKI - HOLIDAY COCKTAILS AND PARTY TIPS
Jen Ackrill is the Director of Mixology for Sky and Top of Waikiki. With a career spanning more than 17 years, she has developed cocktail programs for some of San Francisco’s premier watering holes including Rye—one of The City's first modern craft cocktail bars. Here is where Jen developed her signature style, creating vibrant and dynamic original libations that take a nod from history, at a guests whim based on individual spirits, emotions, or a string of adjectives sewn together. She is a featured bartender on Liquor.com's educational video series and has competed in many cocktail competitions including Speed Rack, an all women's speed and craft cocktail competition, which aims to raise money for breast cancer research while spotlighting talented female bartenders across the globe.
Passionate about her craft, Jen traveled throughout Europe to further expand her knowledge, finally relocating to Honolulu in August 2014 to spearhead and redevelop the beverage program for the Top of Waikiki and then in August of 2015 expanded that program to include Sky Waikiki – Hawaii's ultimate rooftop experience. Taking cues from Hawaii's rich history and local fresh ingredients, Jen seeks to create thoughtful seasonal menus for our local family as well as Honolulu's many travelers to keep them both returning to the breathtaking venues high above Waikiki Beach. She has recently decided to no longer participate in cocktail competitions there are too many beaches in Hawaii that she has yet to discover.
All About SKY Waikiki, Rooftop Restaurant, Lounge & Nightclub
Towering dramatically like the cliffs from the ocean, 19 stories above the heart of Waikiki, SKY Waikiki takes paradise to a new level for tourists and locals. Experience Hawaii as it was meant to be: the light tropical breeze and the best panoramic view of Waikiki as the vivid sun sets into the clear blue waters of the Pacific. As the only rooftop restaurant, lounge, and nightclub in Hawaii, SKY Waikiki guarantees you a one-of-a-kind experience overlooking Diamond Head and the glittering Honolulu city lights.
JAMES HALL - FOUNDER-WINEMAKER, PATZ & HALL
Patz & Hall was founded in 1988 by four talented individuals - Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz. Together, they have turned Patz & Hall into one of California's most highly regarded wineries, with a celebrated portfolio of single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.
The seeds for Patz & Hall were planted in the 1980s when assistant winemaker James Hall and national sales manager Donald Patz struck up a close friendship while working together at Flora Springs Winery and Vineyards. The two discovered a mutual enthusiasm for a rich and compelling style of wine made by applying traditional winemaking techniques to fruit from elite, small vineyards. Inspired to combine their winemaking and sales talents, James and Donald joined with partners Anne Moses and Heather Patz, to establish Patz & Hall in 1988.
To achieve their goal of crafting exceptional limited-production wines, the four founders have each focused their specialized knowledge, expertise and daily attention to different areas of the winery's operations. This integrated, hands-on approach, along with a commitment to developing close personal relationships with a handful of California 's finest growers, has become the cornerstone of the winery's success—allowing Patz & Hall to continually realize the highest levels of quality and consistency.