About SF Mixology

We’ve spent the last few years watching cocktails rapidly evolve and seeing our friends and colleagues

open up to the resurgent cocktail movement. We’re now entering a new paradigm in how we drink (and think about drinking), and SFM is dedicated to helping it grow. Until now, there’s been a missing piece connecting how cocktails are perceived, events are executed, and how bartending is learned. SFM is dedicated to defining innovative events and executing them in awesome new ways.

Our Staff

Shawn Refoua has personally instructed over 2,000 people in the art of bartending. As a student of behavioral science, his knowledge of the working dynamics in alcohol related group effects allows him to deliver thought provoking entertainment with a heavy dose of education. The creative force behind SF Mixology, Shawn is at the forefront of cocktail experimentation and education.

Shawn Refoua~

Cocktail adventurer and events guru Christina Kinney has worked in all aspects of the events and service industry. From intimate settings to major concert spaces, she has deep knowledge of all aspects of events marketing, production, design, and management. Christina has a graduate degree from Stanford University and nine years of experience in corporate finance and marketing, as well as time in the trenches behind bars across San Francisco. She loves making order from chaos.

Christina Kinney~

Jazzy is one of the top bartenders working in San Francisco today. With 15 years of culinary and bar experience, he is not only deeply rooted in the local hospitality scene, he also has a refined palate and expertise in the service industry that spans both food and drink, and both Northern and Southern California. Jazzy is an owner of Barrel Aged Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge in Martinez, California, and can mix some of the best cocktails this side of the Mississippi.

Jahaziel Garay~

Salvador Gonzalez came to SFM with over a decade experience behind the plank. He now has over one hundred classes under his belt as lead bartender. Sal is quickly becoming creative lead on all things cocktail related while possessing the passion and artistic talent to keep pushing our imagination.

Sal Gonzalez~

Adrienne is our Events Director. She landed her first event coordinating job at 17, and has been working to pave new industry ground since. If you’ve had an event with us, chances are she’s the one who set it up. Armed with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Adrienne is key to our customer service and sales engine.

Adrienne Hollie~

Luke's career in the restaurant and bar industry started in 2000 in Washington State, and over the last 10 years, he has worked as a bartender and manager in some of The City's busiest restaurants and nightclubs. From opening new locations to creating cocktail menus, from managing inventory to staffing and implementation of policies and procedures, Luke is an seasoned expert on the ins and outs of bar management.

Luke Shiflette~

With 10 years of project and operations management experience, Mike Levin has an aptitude for organization and delivering results. Coming from the world of Finance & Accounting, Mike accidentally fell into the Food & Beverage industry and has not looked back since. He successfully ran one of the most prestigious nightclubs in San Francisco, helped develop and grow several small businesses, and has a talent for appeasing the most difficult customers.

Mike Levin~

Rico Gonzalez, with over 10+ years of experience in the hospitality industry, has worked in many diverse settings around the Bay Area. After receiving his degree in Business Management at Santa Clara University, he joined SF Mixology as Lead Instructor with the aspiration to take his knowledge and career to a whole new level. Coined by his peers as the “Cocktail Nerd” he makes it his life’s passion to absorb and study as much history as possible while staying on top of the industry’s newest trends. 

Rico Gonzalez~