Bill Russell-Shapiro
, Proprietor, The Absinthe Group
Eric Vreede, Development and Operations Manager, The Absinthe Group
Adam Keough, Executive Chef, The Absinthe Group
Bill Corbett, Executive Pastry Chef, The Absinthe Group
Brian Gavin, General Manager
Vanessa Harris, Director of Events and Marketing, The Absinthe Group
Ian Becker, Wine Director, The Absinthe Group
Jared Schmidt, Bar Manager
Aaron Wasserman
, Chief Sommelier


Vanessa Harris, Director of Events and Marketing, The Absinthe Group

Joining Absinthe in November 2003, Director of Events and Marketing Vanessa Harris coordinates on-site private-dining events and off-site events for Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, Comstock Saloon, and Boxing Room. She also directs Arlequin Café’s catering for several Hayes Valley and Civic Center businesses, including City Hall.

Originally from Nassau, Bahamas, Harris has spent more than 15 years in the restaurant industry since moving to San Francisco. She began as a hostess and quickly realized that her passion and talents lay in events. She moved into the restaurant private-dining industry in 1998 as Private-Dining Coordinator of the famed Rubicon Restaurant. A few years later, Harris found new opportunities as the Private-Dining Manager of Postrio Restaurant.

When Absinthe Brasserie & Bar decided to add a private-events department, Harris accepted the challenge of building the program from the ground up and joined as Private-Dining Manager. She has executed a variety of private events from corporate dinners and celebrations to complete restaurant buy-outs and Absinthe’s own 10th-Anniversary celebration. In 2010, Harris was promoted to her current role as Director of Events and Marketing. Her responsibilities include writing the Absinthe Group newsletter, creating promotional ideas to generate business, acting as the public-relations liaison, and partnering with the Group’s graphic designer to create marketing collateral.

Harris attended Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts and currently resides in San Francisco.  She is an active member of the San Francisco Private-Dining Venues Group and enjoys practicing yoga in her spare time. 

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