An LA resident for more than 10 years, Karl Steuck began his career in the food and beverage industry within the heart of the country. First cultivating his skills behind the bar, and then as GM of two thriving restaurants on Lake Michigan, Karl’s passion for the restaurant business flourished. But the Midwest was just the beginning, and in search of adventure and opportunity beyond Lake Michigan, he joined a friend on their cross country move to Southern California.
Combining Midwestern sensibilities with an inherent passion for the culture, creativity and innovation so pervasive in Los Angeles, Karl landed a position at the famous Writer’s Bar at L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills. This is where his love of craft cocktails was born. Two years later, he joined the husband and wife culinary team behind Hatfield’s, where Karl had the chance to further develop and perfect his ‘farm to glass’ creations. Not only was he the educator and entertainer of staff and guests, but six years as Head Bartender provided the perfect platform for his fresh, inventive twists on the classics and unique new concoctions.
Karl’s unique brand of cocktail development and photography can be found throughout LA: he’s worked with numerous clients curating bar programs, creating content and partnering with some of the city’s elite to build specialty cocktails unique to their events. Karl recently left his role as Director of Business Development & Hospitality for LA’s second distillery since prohibition, Loft & Bear, to focus solely on consulting and photography.
After more than 15 years in the business, Karl’s expertise and proven track record for creating, styling and photographing cocktails makes him the ideal consulting option for your brand, cocktail program, and private events.