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Experience Driven Education

As seen in Tasting Panel and Imbibe Magazine



A Community Culture Project

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This charitable organization provides opportunity scholarships and educational experiences to advance the arts in the areas of taste, sight and sound, with a strong focus in the food and beverage industry. IAM encourages the growth of local economy, strengthens small business, and builds up the passionate individuals in varying creative industries.


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Continuously accepting applications from passionate individuals, looking to achieve their educational dreams.



IAM literally sent Brad and I to England! I don’t think it gets any more impactful than that! Without the help from Team IAM, this trip wouldn’t have been possible.
— EVAN PRICE, Noble Ale Works
With the help of the IAM organization, I was able to receive aid to pay for my examination allowing me to focus less on bearing the financial burden and more so on my studies.
— Andrew Auon, Taps Fishhouse
Portland Cocktail Week was one of the most eyeopening, amazing experiences of my career. Witnessing hundreds of likeminded professionals & learning how to better my craft was an experience I won’t soon forget...
— Gabrielle Dion, The Mixing Glass / Vaca Group
Inspire artistic minds gave me the opportunity to broaden my knowledge of the cocktail world, learning first hand from business and creative professionals who have helped to shape the cocktail industry to what it is today. The insights and skills I gained...
— Gaby Mlynarczyk, Previously of ink.


Who can apply

  • Currently or previously employed or a business owner in the visual or fine arts or the food and beverage industry. (i.e. restaurant, bar, coffee shop, bakery, distributor, sales rep, food promoter, etc.).

  • At least one year of experience in current position, either through training or schooling.

  • Exhibits Integrity, Ambition, Discipline, Leadership, and Passion.


Full Stories and Testimonials

About Me

Founder & President, Bobby navarro

Bobby Navarro left a decade of work in the hospitality industry to fully commit to his own event planning and culinary promotions company, . His passion for branding and business keeps him visiting hundreds of restaurants across the country, stemming from his original feat of dining at 100 restaurants in 100 consecutive days. Bobby's love for the hospitality community and similar industries led him to create , an organization that has given thousands of dollars annually to connecting passionately driven individuals to the things that inspire them.

Upcoming Events



The Online Auction is Open!  - Jan 18 to Feb 16

The online portion of Mixing Glass Auction is now open. The auction will run from January 18, 2017 to February 16, 2017, with the live event taking place on February 16, 2017 (all bids must be made through BiddingForGood, bids will be accepted until 8:30pm PST).

Proceeds go to Inspire Artistic Minds in order to support working individuals in the hospitality and other art communities through experience education. This auction item is rare and would make an incredible addition in any home bar. So, tell your friends, family, community. Let the bidding begin.

One of the most Rare Whiskey's in the nation could be Yours!


Buffalo Trace Distillery has released three unique vintage-dated bourbons honoring the National Historic Landmark’s original name - the O.F.C. Distillery.

As the first release of its kind, this limited collection currently includes only 200 bottles that will not be available in stores, featuring whiskey from 1980, 1982 and 1983.

Although these three vintages, 1980, 1982, and 1983, are rare whiskeys that will not ever likely be available in stores or bars and restaurants, later vintages will be released to the overall market starting in the Spring of 2017. Each hand-cut crystal bottle will feature the vintage year on the label.

The 1980 vintage available for auction here is 1 of 100 bottles available.

“These vintages are certainly unique and special whiskeys. We hope this O.F.C. collection can pay tribute to the many years gone by here at the Distillery. Each vintage has a story to tell indeed,” stated Kris Comstock from Buffalo Trace Distillery. “To offer this first release to charitable organizations for their fundraising efforts makes this even more rewarding. We expect bottles to raise upwards of $10,000 each for worthy causes.”