Michael Rooney joined Vaca Group in 2013 as a bartender at Broadway by Amar Santana, where his earnestness to improve his craft and academic approach to spirits quickly earned him the Bar Manager post. Under his curation, the Broadway Spirits Program has become a dynamic, quality-driven staple in Orange County. A Hispanophile at heart, Michael has spent the last year focusing on Sherry wine—one of the world’s most remarkable, varied, and misunderstood categories of alcohol. This research and interest lends heavily to the focuses of the Vaca Beverage Program. His 2015 win in the Tullamore DEW Bar Stories competition embodied the knowledge and assertive character that have made him one of the most enigmatic barpersons in Orange County.
Gabrielle Dion has an unrivaled bar industry pedigree in Orange County. As a 2010 Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender winner and 2012 OC Weekly Bartender of the Year, Gaby pushed her bartender limits alongside her spirits knowledge. In 2014, she graduated from the BAR 5-Day, the most intensive educational program in the industry. Having worked with the Vaca Ownership Team at Charlie Palmer, Gaby commanded the rise and notability of the bar program at Broadway by Amar Santana. While opening and owning her own bar-centric retail space, The Mixing Glass in Costa Mesa, Gaby concurrently consults on the bar programs at Broadway by Amar Santana and Vaca.