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David Kaplan

Death & Co.
Founder & Co-Owner
David has worked in the hospitality business since the age of 13. In the summer of 2006, at 24 years old, he opened Death & Company, a cocktail bar in the East Village of Manhattan, with his partner Ravi DeRossi. At the 2010 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, Death & Co won American’s Best Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu.  Shortly after opening Death & Co, David formed the hospitality consulting company Proprietors LLC with Alex Day and Devon Tarby. Proprietors LLC has consulted on flavor profiles for new spirits, art directed spirit and product launches, created cocktail portfolios for new brands, and opened bars and restaurants all over the country and abroad. Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, written by David, Alex Day and Nick Fauchald, was published on October 7th, 2014, which quickly gained notoriety, and has become one of the best-selling cocktail books of all time. Their second book, Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions hit shelves October 30th, 2018 to rave reviews. In May of 2018, the group opened Death & Co Denver, a multi-faceted food and beverage destination within The Ramble Hotel. Now, after a recent round of fundraising, the company is now focused on growth with Death & Co LA opening mid-summer and more in the works.  David runs the collective companies as CEO with his co-owners Alex, Ravi and Devon.  When not on the road, he lives in Jackson Hole with his wife Jenna and their dogs, Stella and Doug.