Jonathan Pogash is the Northeast Regional Vice President of the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG). In 2007 he was the founding president of the New York chapter, where he grew membership from 20 to 200.
Just as Executive Chefs earn their chops “behind the line,” Jonathan has worked his way up “behind the stick”, from bar back in 2001 at New York’s famous Russian Tea Room to his present-day role as president of his eponymous, full-service beverage consulting firm, The Cocktail Guru. His influences include cocktail luminaries Steve Olson, Gary Regan, and Albert Trummer. Precise technique, fresh ingredients, and seasonality are hallmarks of The Cocktail Guru’s style.
The Cocktail Guru, Inc. consults on craft bar programs, brand launches, and cocktail, food and wine festivals and offers bartending services, mixology classes and demonstrations for consumer-facing events and corporate functions. In 2009 Jonathan debuted Wedding Cocktail Design, a separate arm of The Cocktail Guru that creates signature wedding drinks, leads bachelor/ette mixology classes, and offers cocktail catering for high-end weddings.
Jonathan edited the 75th Anniversary edition of the Mr. Boston Bartender’s Guide, has taught mixology classes at the Astor Center in New York and Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, and presently conducts classes at the Institute for Culinary Education (ICE) and at the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts.