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Bill Russell-Shapiro
, Proprietor, The Absinthe Group
Eric Vreede, Development and Operations Manager, The Absinthe Group
Adam Keough, Executive Chef, The Absinthe Group
Bill Corbett, Executive Pastry Chef, The Absinthe Group
Brian Gavin, General Manager
Vanessa Harris, Director of Events and Marketing, The Absinthe Group
Ian Becker, Wine Director, The Absinthe Group
Jared Schmidt, Bar Manager
Aaron Wasserman, Chief Sommelier


Eric Vreede, Development and Operations Manager, The Absinthe Group

Eric Vreede has been involved in the food-and-wine business for the last twenty years and has served as the general manager, and later the operations manager, for Absinthe since its opening in 1998. Currently, as Director of Development and Operations for Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, Absinthe Private Dining, Arlequin Wine Merchant, and Arlequin Café and Food-To-Go, Vreede works to maximize the opportunities of the interrelated businesses.

As well as overseeing the overall business, Vreede has a respected history in the wine world.  He has received numerous awards and recognition for his work with wine. Having served as a restaurant wine consultant and judge at international wine events, he delivers limitless knowledge and expertise to the Absinthe group.  “Wine is a versatile entity that has become a pivotal influence on Absinthe and its surrounding ventures,” says Vreede, “and I am proud to be a part of the program’s evolution.”

In addition to Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, Vreede spent a year as general manager and partner at San Francisco’s Café Monk, and for four years as general manager and wine director of Sierra Mar at Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn, where he oversaw a wine list of over 3,000 wines.  He is well traveled and is constantly exploring world wine regions, looking to discover new treasures.

Eric attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.




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