Born in Brazil, Vini has developed an unique style often drawing on his native soil for both inspiration and technique. Vini has worked as a sous chef in Chicago and Providence, and chef de cuisine in Philly, before finally making NYC his home in 2007. Vini opened Fitzcarraldo in 2013, a Ligurian restaurant in Brooklyn, and uses his experiences to create sophisticated and thoughtful dishes.

Dan Pucci, Cider Director

Dan, New York City's first pommelier, is a native of the Catskills and former sommelier and manager at Eataly and Otto who introduced cider pairings at the critically acclaimed Box Kite pop-up. As Cider Director at Wassail, Dan's influence and passion for discovering new ciders is infectious. We're not the only ones who think so, Punch featured Dan as a symbol of the cider revival and he was named to Zagat's influential 30 Under 30 list in 2015.

Jonathan Levy, General Manager

Jon has worked in restaurants since his move to New York in 2003. Working as a server, bartender, and manager at Frankies Spuntino, Rucola, and Brucie, he fell in love with food and hospitality, drawing on those experiences to execute a familiar and approachable service style for Wassail.

Sabine Hrechdakian, Owner

A lead producer of Cider Week since its inception in 2011, Sabine has been instrumental in expanding the market for cider in New York. She works as a freelance writer and consultant promoting farm-based food and drink.

Jennifer Lim & Ben Sandler, Owners

Ben and Jen are the husband-and-wife team behind The Queens Kickshaw, a decidedly neighborhood joint in Astoria, Queens. It was there that they developed their love for cider, and expanded Kickshaw's cider menu to become the city's most comprehensive.