Meet the Team

Toque & Bottle Advisory is a team of experienced leadership personnel, bringing together event specialists, marketing agents, and a network of industry resources. With diverse pool of skills and knowledge, over 70 years of combined hospitality experience, and a shared passion for great food, beverage, and service, we provide top quality service and strategy to every project we take on.

 
 

Benjamin Smock, Founder & President ben@toqueandbottle.com

Benjamin Smock, a graduate of The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University, has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Smock has managed fine dining restaurants, sports bars, upscale concessions, and thousands of catering events at a variety of venues, including McCormick Place. Ben founded Toque & Bottle Advisory in 2006 to provide customized food, beverage, and service expertise to Conventions, Restaurants, and Event planners. 

 

Angela Matis, Events
angela@toqueandbottle.com

Angela Matis brings 14 years of experience in event management, internal and external sales and client relationships to the TBA team. Angela launched her hospitality career at The Clubhouse in Oakbrook, and served as a sales representative for Cintas Corporation. Angela interacts directly with over 100 local restaurants, coordinating participation, event logistics, and service execution for a multitude of tasting events.

 

Amanda Cooper, Chicago Concierge
amanda@chicagoconcierge.com

Amanda Cooper has over eleven years of hospitality and event experience. She has her B.A. in Event Planning and Management from Kendall College. In prior roles, Amanda was the Chef Concierge at the Fairmont Chicago and worked in various guest service roles at luxury hotels in Chicago. Amanda joined the TBA team, in May 2016, and overseas concierge services at McCormick Place Convention Center in partnership with the city of Chicago’s official marketing organization, Choose Chicago. 

 

Shannon Sawyer, Bistro Tickets
shannon@toqueandbottle.com

Shannon brings 19 years of hospitality management and wine education to the TBA team. Most recently the General Manager at Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar, Shannon previously managed restaurants for the Francesca’s Restaurant Group and at Zed 451. Shannon’s focus for Bistro Tickets is centered upon providing excellent customer service and a pleasant experience online and onsite.

 

Ryan Gamperl, Restaurants & Business Development
ryan@toqueandbottle.com

Ryan Gamperl is an Alum of the Marquette Evans Scholar program and studied Finance at the College of Business Administration at Marquette University. He has spent over 20 years in the hospitality industry and has focused on all aspects of business development. Ryan brings experience, professionalism, and networks from a multitude of different industries including restaurants, wholesale/retail distribution, building and business development, food-based product and service businesses.

 

Henna Khemani, Chicago Concierge
henna@chicagoconcierge.com

Henna Khemani is a graduate of Roosevelt University's Hospitality and Tourism program, and currently working on her Masters from there as well. She has 5 years experience in many hotels and roles such as front desk and sales coordinator. She was also a concierge at the Palmer House Hilton.