Ruth Ann Apruzzese-Welke has been working in the trenches of the service industry for over a decade. She has worked in every capacity you can name: cotton candy maker, food runner, server, crepe chef, catering coordinator, kitchen manager, and of course - bartender. Combining her experience in this industry with knowledge from a more formal education she hopes to empower bartenders to embrace their careers and perform at their very best. She hails from Detroit and is currently alive and well and living in New Orleans. When she isn't tending bar around town at Josephine Estelle or Portside Lounge she is probably researching cocktail history, meticulously crafting the perfect dinner, or experimenting with new ingredients, Cynar Colada in hand, late into the night.