Peter Vestinos. The BarMedic
Peter Vestinos is an award-winning, nationally recognized bartender and spirits professional with years of experience designing and implementing cocktail programs; training bartenders and sales teams; consulting with multiple spirit brands. With over 15 years of experience in the bar and restaurant industry, he has worked at all levels of the business including behind the bar, distribution, and supplier.
Vestinos pioneered the modern craft cocktail movement in Chicago with the opening of Michelin-starred Sepia in 2007. There he developed a fresh ingredient and seasonally inspired cocktail menu based on then-forgotten classics. A “game changer for the city’s beverage programs,” according to Modern Luxury magazine, Vestinos helped to firmly place Sepia and Chicago on the national cocktail map.
From Sepia, he was recruited by Wirtz Beverage Group, one of the nation’s leading luxury and premium beverage alcohol wholesalers, in the role of beverage Development Director. He acted as a liaison between the supplier, distributor and trade industry, as well as contributing his expertise to cocktail and beverage programs, as well as trade and industry events.
In 2012 Vestinos launched the beverage consulting company, The BarMedic, to develop cocktail programs, train bartenders, assist with brand marketing, and to educate consumers through classes. Vestinos has developed cocktail programs for such prestigious Chicago locations as Michael Jordan’s Steak House, The Winchester, bellyQ, Sepia, Nomi, Gibson’s Steakhouse, The Roof, Elate, The Exchange, City Tavern and the recently opened AceBounce, a London-based high energy Ping-Pong concept in Chicago’s Loop.
Vestinos developed and oversees the beverage programs of Footman Hospitality’s establishments, including the upscale gin bar and restaurant, The Betty and the 1940’s Cuban rum bar, Sparrow.
In 2014, Vestinos was elected president of the Chicago Chapter of the U.S. Bartenders Guild. He took a chapter that was in decline and turned it around to be nationally recognized by the guild as a success story. In 2016, Vestinos was appointed a chair position with the USBG National Education Committee as head of cocktail education.
Vestinos is a multi-year a presenter at Tales of the Cocktail, Tales of the Cocktail Mexico, Chicago Cocktail Summit, Roots Conference at Chef’s Garden. He is also a frequent taster for the Beverage Testing Institute / Tastings.com, which provides independent reviews of spirits, wines, and beer.