Tad Carducci is a lifelong bartender, award-winning mixologist and restauranteur, with over twenty-five years experience in the hospitality industry.
He has won several major awards and national cocktail competitions and has judged, organized and emceed a few as well.
His work has been featured in Food and Wine Magazine, NY Times, NY Post, Bon Appetit, Esquire, Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times, Imbibe, Vogue, Details, W Magazine, TimeOut, Rachel Ray, Travel and Leisure, Cheers!, Sante, Food Arts, Conde Nast, Skiing, Mr. Boston and many other national publications, as well as on NBC’s the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Sirius-XM radio, CW 11 Morning News, CNBC, Martha Stewart Radio and other media. Along with partner, Paul Tanguay, he penned the 2011 Cheers Media Spirits On-Premise Handbook.
Carducci and Tanguay also authored Tippling Bros. A Lime and Shaker: Discovering Mexican-Inspired Cocktails.
Tad is very proud to be a top-level graduate of the inaugural Beverage Alcohol Resource spirits and cocktails course and has earned certificates from both the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. He is honored to be a member of the Bar Smarts national training team and to sit on the judging panel for the Ultimate Spirits Challenge with Paul Pacult.
Tad lives in a little 1930’s bungalow with his wife Joanne, son Leonardo and daughter Abigail. He is convinced that he hung out with Ernest Hemingway in his last go round, and if he had it to do over again, would be a jazz crooner or professional lobsterman. He’s addicted to hot dogs and the Discovery Channel, plays guitar very badly and drives way way too fast.
In a career that has spanned more than 30 years, with stops in multiple cities and countries, if you ask Paul how he got his start he would say: “Kitchen rat”.
Mr. Tanguay spent the better part of his career working in different the mom and pop- insert style of cuisine- restaurants, high volume brasseries, burgeoning mini chains and corporate establishments, toiling in different positions and learning the ins and outs of the business.
Mr. Tanguay is an accredited sommelier by the American Sommelier Association and considered one of the pre-eminent sake authorities in the United States. Paul completed, in March 2008, the first English language sake sommelier certificate from the Sake Education Council, passing both Level I and II.
He has been featured in multiple national publications and has made several television appearances. Paul was the winner of the 2006 Eastern U.S. Sake Sommelier Competition and ranked among the top ten at the 2006 World Sake Sommelier Competition in Tokyo, Japan. In 2010, he helped form the Sake Education Council; he currently sits on the board of directors as vice-president and treasurer.
Tanguay is also a top level graduate of the first ever B.A.R. (Beverage Alcohol Resource), the premier spirits & mixology organization in the U.S. In addition, he is the co-author of Tippling Bros. A Lime and a Shaker: Discovering Mexican-Inspired Cocktails which was released in 2015
Paul splits his time between New York and Chicago and spends as much time as he can with his daughters and family.