USC Judges

Tad Carducci
Tad Carducci
Buyer and Consultant
Tad Carducci

Tad Carducci is a lifelong bartender, award-winning mixologist and general bon vivant, with twenty-five years experience in the hospitality industry. He is one half of the dynamic duo known as the Tippling Bros., a New York based beverage consultancy dedicated to "spirituous advisement and raising of the bar". He has won several major awards and national cocktail competitions and has judged, organized and emceed a few as well. In addition to consulting, Mr. Carducci is a partner in the Mercadito Restaurant group (winner of the 2011 Cheers Benchmark of Excellence for Best Cocktail Lounge), with outposts in New York, Chicago and Miami and recently opened a sprawling drinking room in the basement of New York’s Chelsea Market, appropriately called The Tippler.

His work has been featured in Food and Wine Magazine, NY Times, NY Post, Bon Appetit, Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times, Imbibe Magazine, Vogue Italia, W Magazine, TimeOut, Food and Wine, 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, Cooking Channel’s Foodography, Sirius-XM radio, CW 11 morning news, CNBC, Martha Stewart Radio and other media.  He is a frequent contributor to Cheers! Magazine and has written several articles for Sante Magazine and theBoozehound.com.  Along with partner, Paul Tanguay, he penned the 2011 Cheers Media Spirits On-Premise Handbook.

Tad is very proud to be a top-level graduate of the inaugural Beverage Alcohol Resource 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, a charter member of the New York Chapter of the U.S.B.G and, most recently, to have been chosen as a judge for the Ultimate Beverage Challenge with Paul Pacult.

Tad lives in a little bungalow in the Garden State with his wife Joanne and son Leonardo, as well as a couple of canines. 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.