Erick Castro is Co-Owner of Raised by Wolves and Polite Provisions, two acclaimed destinations for cocktails and spirits by Arsalun Tafazoli’s Consortium Holdings that are placing San Diego squarely on the global drinks stage. He has worked in the hospitality industry from age 14 and his bartending experience spans both coasts, including San Francisco’s Rickhouse and Bourbon & Branch and New York City’s Boilermaker. His beverage programs have earned the highest accolades, including Esquire’s “The Best Bars in America,” Food & Wine’s “World’s Best Bars” and innumerable Spirited Award nominations at Tales of the Cocktail for “Best American Bartender” and “Best Brand Ambassador.
”Erick is a beloved figure and the creative force behind the highly influential podcast, “Bartender at Large,” as well as a Founder of Bartender’s Weekend in San Diego, together with Raised by Wolves partner and long-time friend, Chris Patino. Through his work, Erick is a mentor and inspiration to thousands of bartenders across the U.S. and internationally. He believes that he grows the most when he grows those around him and makes them shine.
At Raised by Wolves and Polite Provisions, Erick spearheads their groundbreaking cocktail programs. He is intensely involved with menu creation and bartender trainings, helps guide the mentoring of managers and oversees every aspect of day-to-day operations.