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Morgan H. West :: Founder & Director of A creative DC project
If you need a jolt of creativity, look no further. Morgan is the founder and director of the A Creative DC project. Nylon Magazine has referred to her online projects as "a virtual clubhouse [representing] D.C.'s creative class," and she has contributed online voice and visuals to the DC creative scene since founding the city's first street style blog in 2006. Her commitment to showcasing the city's creative culture online has garnered nods from the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian Magazine, and more. She helms the A Creative DC project from the Arts Walk at the Monroe Street Market in the Brookland neighborhood of NE, DC.
Want a sneak preview of what to expect in this episode? Check out Morgan’s world at pandaheadmorgan.com
Join the conversation by uploading your creative work with #aCreativeDC.
Bill Thomas :: Owner :: Jack Rose Dining Saloon
At the crossroads of passion and obsession, you will find Bill Thomas. In 2011, Bill opened Jack Rose Dining Saloon which boasts more than 2,700 different expressions, making it the largest publicly available whisk(e)y collection in the Western Hemisphere. With more than 20 years in spirit industry, he is considered one of the foremost authorities on whiskey in the United States. No wonder, often he can be found on distinguished judging panels, featured in whisk(e)y history documentaries and leading countless tastings across the country. With more 7,000 bottles in his private collection, to call him an avid collector, may be an understatement.
Episode 30 :: candiace dillard & chris bassett :: the real housewifes of potomac
For Candiace, the many steps she’s taken across the stages of the pageant world have prepared her for the reality of being a cast member of The Real Housewives of Potomac. She may come in a petite package, but don’t underestimate the power of her contagious positive energy and zest for life. We have no doubt she’s about to be crowned queen, once again.
For Chris, we will just have to watch and see how well he fares in a crazy realm where his life is broadcasted for all the world to see. We bet his experiences behind the bar and being an owner/operator of Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster BBQ, sets him up for even more success is this world of high drama.
We know you’ll love getting to know them, because we just can’t get enough.
Catch them on Bravo on Sundays at 8pm CST
Episode 29 :: Sebastian Zutant & Victor Moyer :: primrose restaurant
So, if you combine a bit of whacky, a dash of ADHD, a lot of creativity, and then top it off with some unstoppable entrepreneurship, you would get this kooky high-energy team. Sebastian has been behind some of the most successful restaurants in DC and continues to win over the most sophisticated of palettes with his newest venture, Primrose—a modern take on the French bistro that offers an unmatched natural wine program. Also found on the menu is wine that Sebastian has been making in collaboration with Early Mountain Vineyards.
Victor may be known for his laughter, but what he brings to Primrose is so much more. As the Director of Operations, he has his hands full with the day-to-day, as well making sure they deliver unparalleled dining experiences that exceed every patrons’ expectation.
They definitely turned this show upside down and we loved it!
EPISODE 28A/B :: Jared brown :: master distiller :: sipsmith gin
In this two-part episode, we meet Jared Brown. To say his life journey is awe-inspiring is an understatement. He has: rubbed elbows with the likes of Julia Child and the Dalai Lama; at the ripe old age of 11 years, experimented with liqueur distilling; written countless books and traveled many a mile with his wife, and even worked at the Rainbow Room with none other than King Cocktail, Dale Degroff.
Currently, he loving researches and tends to hundreds of herbs and botanicals and to top it all off, he’s the Master Distiller of Sipsmith Gin. Whoo! That’s living life to its fullest.
“Good gin starts with fingers in the soil”
episode 27 :: Erika Goergen :: Pink Boots Society
Life sometimes has a few surprises in store. You can set a path, but often that journey may go left when you thought you were destined to go right, up when down was what you expected and can even throw in a 180 which pushes you into a whole new direction. For Erika, this journey has made her who she is and has inspired her to become a member of Pink Boots, an organization that encourages and champions professional women in the beer industry through education. Sign us up!
episode 26 :: Rachel Sergi :: Founder :: Cocktail Queen Competition
Yes, being queen is good but remembering we only rise by lifting others is what makes us great. Rachel Sergi may be a master behind the bar but what she created has made her a true legend. She has developed not just a competition that challenges, champions and celebrates female bartenders but an event that raises money for the House of Ruth which supports survivors of domestic violence and homelessness. This just proves how amazing this woman is and why her efforts have garnered support from the makers of Knob Creek, Maker's Mark Bourbon and many more.
episode 25 :: Brandon Skall :: CEO & Co-Founder :: DC Brau Brewing
Building a success business from the ground up is admirable but never forgetting to help others along the way and changing the world for the better is downright inspiring. DC Brau is one of DC's leading breweries and their continued support of SMYAL and the Washington Blade Foundation through their Pride Pils campaign proves that greatness is not found in what you have, but in what you give.
episode 24 :: Mick Nardelli & Nahem Simon :: Partners :: Liquid Integrity
An idea might be great but without direction, it is destined to wither on the vine. Focus and force without purpose is lost energy. But when those things come together, you just might have a perfect storm on your hands.
This dynamic duo proves the theory to be true. As experts in the beverage industry, they identified a simple problem, developed the answer and created a first-of-its-kind product, the InstaRinse Portable Glass Rinser. Not only is the product extraordinary, so is the way these two came together, stayed open to possibilities and are exceeding even their own goals.
episode 23 :: Elyse Braner :: Co-Chair, Women Who Whiskey-DC
If you look up perpetual motion in the dictionary, you’re likely to find a picture of Elyse Braner. Not only is she the co-chair of Women Who Whiskey-DC, she leads a local running group, volunteers as an elementary school track coach, ran 8 marathons last year, holds down a full-time job in marketing and events planning, and is also a brand ambassador for Wigle Whiskey. WOOOH! That sentence just makes the rest of us tired.
Episode 22 :: Nicole Hassoun :: Principal & Head Distiller, Jos. A. Magnus & Co.
From creating craft cocktails to distilling spirits as a managing partner at Jos A. Magnus & Co. Distillery, Designated Drinker, Nicole Hassoun's journey is rather inspiring and the ceiling is no where insight. She continues to break barriers as she focuses her talents on producing vodka, award-winning gins, as well as other contract spirits. She continually looks for new projects that not only challenge her, but also champions the distilling industry.
She is definitely a badass woman to watch!
episode 21 :: Gardner Dunn :: Sr. Ambassador-Japanese Whisky, Suntory
Gardner’s fascinating journey begins in Rando Beach, where he’s parents’ appreciation for Japanese art and tradition left a lasting impression on him. His pursuit for a degree in music took him and his drumsticks to big sky country. Yes, that’s Montana. As a pizza delivery guy and attending his during his 3rd year of college, he was asked to join the Chris Hiatt Band, which was an offer too good to let pass by. This sets him on a journey he would have never imagined. From a professional drummer on the “Warp Tour” to becoming the ambassador of award-winning Suntory Japanese Whiskys, Gardner’s travels have taken him to all corners of the world, and back.
Bonus Episode 20: getting a Taste of Charleston with Tyler Rothenberg :: FELIX COCKTAILS ET CUISINE
We took the show on the road and headed down to Charleston, SC to get a taste of all this blossoming city has to offer. Join us as we check out one of the city's hottest spots on King Street, Felix Cocktails Et Cuisine. We share a few drinks served up by our guest barkeep, Tyler Rothenberg, with their Beverage Director Davey Jones and Chef Elizabeth Schultenover. Find out how this amazing team is working hard to establish Felix as the gem of one of Charleston's most happening thoroughfares that is more than 300 years old and is as rich with culture as it is with amazing bars and restaurants to please even the most particular of palates.
Episode 19 :: Ariana Lightningstorm :: Lipsologist
Ariana Lightningstorm (aka Anna Snodgrass) is one of only 8 Certified Lipsologists, the first certified teacher of Lipsology in the world and was the first on the East Coast to be trained in the fun and entertaining practice of Lipsology. Beyond that, she has more than 35 years of experience in palmistry, tarot and handwriting analysis which she has used to entertain party-goers and corporate event attendees throughout the United States.
What is Lipsology, you ask?
Lipsology is the new and exciting art and science of lip print reading. After studying the lip prints left on her uniquely-made kiss cards, Ariana uses her insights to read the messages that shed light on personality characteristics, energy levels, and more.
episode 18 :: Meshach Cisero :: Visiting Executive Chef Prequel Restaurant Incubator
Meshach Cisero, A.K.A. Shaq, A.K.A. Chef Cisero, built a successful career calculating and analyzing “big data” but recently made the decision follow his heart and left the corporate world behind. Until now, he has had one foot in each world but is now investing all of his energies in the culinary world. With a few pitfalls accompanied by many accomplishments, Chef Cisero sits down with us to share his story as he begins his journey towards a very promising culinary career and debuts as the visiting Executive Chef at Prequel, a restaurant incubator.
episode 17 :: Will lacey :: president & executive chef of savvy foods
Will began his culinary journey with the creation of his catering and special event company, Yellow Dog Barbecue. Fueled by creative passion, Will's priority has always been the preservation of the simple fun of cooking. In developing the products now offered by Savvy Foods, Will wanted to enable friends and customers to test their boundaries in the kitchen.
“Food has the ability to bring people together. It makes strangers into friends and friends into family.”
Episode 16 :: Scott R. Williams :: Author and COO/SVP Sales & Marketing of the Newseum
Scott Williams is the author of “An Odd Book, How the First Modern Pop Culture Reporter Conquered New York,” and that’s just the half of it. To say he’s had an interesting life is an understatement. He’s gone from leading the marketing and PR efforts for Elvis Presley Enterprises (yes, that’s Graceland) to becoming the chief operating officer and senior vice president of sales and marketing at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. And if that's not enough, he serves on the board of both the D.C. chapter of the American Advertising Federation and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. And let us not forget, he is a husband and a father to two beautiful daughters.
Episode 15 :: Jamie Simpson :: Executive chef liaison culinary vegetable institute
Jamie Simpson, musical rockstar turned rockstar chef. He hails from some of the best restaurants in Charleston, SC and has staged at Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. Today, he is the Executive Chef at The Culinary Vegetable Institute at The Chef’s Garden in Milan, Ohio. His passion – to promote and grow the sustainable food system.
Episode 14 :: Donna Black :: Owner of Williams Plum Street Snowball
Meet Designated Drinker, Donna Black. In 1979, Donna's husband insisted on buying a snoball stand, which had been shoveling syrup-drizzled snow for over 35 years. Donna didn't know much about this biz, so she was going in cold, preparing to become a snoball stand proprietor with little insight into the art of syrup mixology. Now, more than 35 years later, she confidently calls herself a snoball "barmaid," as she knows each customer, just as dedicated drink-pourer would, by his or her favorite flavor.
Holiday Episode :: Michael Saccone :: Guest Barkeep
'Tis the season for giving and that's exactly what we are doing. With all the hustle-and-bustle and festivities of the holidays comes stress, so our hope is that the recipes provided by our very talented guest barkeep, Michael Saccone (A.K.A. Elf On The Top Shelf), helps spread some much needed holiday cheer.
Holiday Episode :: Chris bassett :: Guest Barkeep
If you’re looking for that perfect drink to enjoy while you’re getting ready for your next holiday party OR to serve to the in-laws to keep the awkward banter at bay OR just want to leave Santa something more than milk and cookies, you want to listen to this episode. Chris Bassett, our guest barkeep and owner of Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ Alexandria, serves up some delicious drink recipes that are sure to keep you in the holiday spirit.
Episode 11 :: Alan Walter :: Creative Director, International House Hotel New Orleans
“Great ingredients are like old friends,” says Alan Walter. And we couldn’t agree more. In this episode, meet Alan Walter, Creative Director of the International House Hotel New Orleans.
Unique. Creative. Ingredient Wrangler. These are just a few adjectives to describe Alan. With all due reverence to spirits and their origins, Alan’s approach to tending bar is a modern expression of the American saloons of the Old West, where improvising with whatever spirits were on hand was a must. Unafraid of experimentation or anachronism, he makes his proprietary syrups for use in his extraordinary recipes, many of which are inspired by ingredients from the kitchen pantry. These delicious recipes have gone on to be published by Food & Wine, StarChefs.com and…oh yeah… the Designated Drinker Show. And when he’s not mixing at Loa, he writes country songs.
episode 10 :: Kelley McDonough :: Director of Public Relations :: Distilled Spirits Council
One should never doubt the ability of a thoughtful and committed group to change the world. And what better world than the distilled spirit world. A toast to their positive mind-opening and palette-enhancing changes.
Kelley McDonough is the Director of Public Relations for the Distilled Spirits Council, a trade association for the spirits sector. In her role, she's champion spirits trends, industry heritage and cocktail culture, all the while traveling the world hosting special events and media tours. She also works closely with the media to disseminate the latest industry data and category statistics.
Episode 9 :: Ralph Brennan :: Head of The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
From CPA to the head of his own restaurant group, Ralph Brennan knows how to serve up an amazing dining experience. With seven restaurants to his name, and a family history steeped in “the biz,” he has had an interesting journey and has even more exciting insight to the future of the service industry. Oh, and he’s the first guest to make us a drink--with a 100 year-old bottle of Ojen, too boot.
Episode 8 :: Jaime Salas :: William Grant & Sons National Ambassador—Milagro
Wherever he goes, there he is. A man of two worlds, Jaime has a fascinating perspective on life, culture, and heritage, that really speaks to us. It’ll speak to you too, just listen in and see.
Combining passion, charisma and originality with a vast knowledge and reverence for the art of tequila, Jaime is the perfect embodiment of modern day Mexico. Having grown up dividing his time between the creative freedom of San Francisco and Mexico’s tequila producing region of Jalisco, he has definitely developed a unique perspective on the country’s most famous export, which has informed every aspect of his career since
Episode 7 :: Sallie Ann Glassman :: Vodou Priestess
The spirit of this episode is sure to enlighten and entertain. Journey with us as Sallie Ann takes us on her journey of becoming a traditionally-ordained Vodou Priestess and beyond.
Glassman has been practicing Vodou in New Orleans since 1977 and in 1995 became one of few to be ordained via the traditional Haitian initiation. She owns Island of Salvation Botanica, where you'll find religious supplies, medicinal herbs, and Haitian and local artworks. She is also the author of "Vodou Visions: An Encounter with Divine Mystery."
episode 6 :: Todd A Price :: Dining Writer, The Times-Picayune
Todd has married the art of language, food and New Orleans to build a tasty career we all envy. Discover his unique views on NOLA and how her many transformations have changed her food and culture scene. Would you expect anything less from a dining writer who's made the Big Easy his home?
Episode 5 :: Ann Tunnerman :: Founder Tales of the Cocktail
Ann Tunnerman is the Founder and Executive Director of Tales of the Cocktail, the world’s premiere cocktail event. Her work cultivating and promoting the spirits industry has made Ann a go-to authority on cocktails and the business behind them, regularly serving as a source for national and international publications including Fortune, Imbibe, Saveur, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Condé Nast Traveler. She has earned awards and recognition from around the world including being named a James Beard Award Semifinalist, one of the top 10 most influential people of the past 25 years by Cheers Magazine, and BNIC Cognac Personality of the Year
Episode 4 :: Charlotte Voisey :: Hendricks Gin Global Brand Ambassador
On this episode of the Designated Drinker Show, we chat with Charlotte Voisey about living and breathing the hospitality life for more than a decade. Originally starting out as a bartender, this British native quickly climbed the ladder where she eventually became the Director of Brand Advocacy and Mixologist for William Grant & Sons where she looks after the spirits and the brand ambassador team. She’s a two times Golden Spirit Award winner at Tales of the Cocktail, host of The Proper Pour with Charlotte Voisey, was named Mixologist of the Year for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and was recognized by the James Beard foundation.
Episode 2 :: JOHN USELTON :: GREEN HAT GIN
Get a taste of history and learn a little about upside of prohibition (or as we like to call it, the dark, dark times). Meet John Uselton from Green Hat Gin as he gives us the low down on his premium spirits, where they’ve been, and where they’re going.
In 2012, when John Uselton and Michael Lowe decided to lease a warehouse in the Northeast Washington neighborhood of Ivy City and start up New Columbia Distillers. The company became the first distiller in D.C. in a century and put out its first batch of Green Hat Gin in October.
Episode 1 :: Dave coleman :: 3 stars brewing
Dave Coleman from 3 Stars Brewing likes his beer (so do we!). He also likes his rosé, which makes him perfect, in our book. What happens when good friends, good beer, and good craft cocktails get together? Listen in and find out.
To date, 3 Stars has released over 40 distinctive beers and cultivated a reputation for pushing the envelope when it comes to creativity. They have been recognized for their commitment to their craft, and have received multiple awards for their achievements. They have been named DC’s Best Local Brewery two years running by Washington City Paper, and were named Rising Stars in 2014 by Star Chefs Magazine. DANG!