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Ep 197 - Stilo Pimentel: Rum Running and Fashion Stunning

Lifetime New Yorker, Stilo Pimentel has built a beautiful career out of his love of aesthetic and fashion. With crime all around and a seemingly small chance of leaving the tough neighborhood of his youth, Stilo used the inspiration of his family and art to build a larger life. Decades later, hospitality has defined so many chapters of his career. But as he finally leaves New York for Florida (in hurricane season) and begins his travels as the ambassador for Banks rum, where will his career...

Duration: 01:03:52

Ep 196 - Alexis Mijares: Hospitality is a Family Affair

A natural caregiver, hospitality talent, and creative mind, USBG Austin's president Alexis Mijares is quickly making a name for herself in the national cocktail community. The Santa Rosa native with a penchant for flavors and fashion textiles came to Austin just a few years ago and has built an impressive resume. Now waiting for the looming Midnight Cowboy menu launch, Alexis set sights on the next cocktail competition and expanding her knowledge of the spirits industry. We chat the Grand...

Duration: 00:56:55

Ep 195 - Erin Ashford: Through The Looking Glass

From early days in Florida to college antics at Texas State University, Olamaie's Erin Ashford epitomizes hospitality and possesses a deep curiosity about people. A familiar tale of a college degree not providing the opportunity that the burgeoning Austin hospitality could. Years later, she's reaching a creative apex and is evolving alongside the Austin cocktail renaissance. We chat Rum, Contigo, biscuits, and more.

Duration: 00:55:30

Ep 194 - Francois Thibault: The Man Who Changed Vodka Forever

French spirits and food are steeped in tradition. The terroir of France has given birth to some of the finest wines, cheeses, and brandies the world has ever seen. However, this deep tradition often lies as an obstacle in the face of innovation and creativity. Francois Thibault leveraged his many years of winemaking, Cognac distilling, and public service to create one of the biggest disruptions in France, Grey Goose Vodka. Made with winter wheat and a sense of rebelliousness, Francois is...

Duration: 00:23:21

Ep 193 - Ian Reilly: Reading Between The Lines

Hailing from Garland, Texas, hospitality was not the initial path for Grey Goose's Ian Reilly. With a deep interest in experiences, writing, and philosophical thought, Ian pursued his passion for people via the pen on the page. But as his path became clearer, his best work was done behind the bar. His shift into brand work evolved into a deeper connection with the hospitality community and with himself. New to the Grey Goose team, what challenges does Ian see in the market and how will he...

Duration: 01:09:13

Ep 192 - Sergio Mendoza: Putting Art In A Bottle

A man of the stage, spirits, and culture at large, Sergio Mendoza is a invaluable mind in the world of agave. His family has been making Tequila for many generations and after traveling abroad pursuing the arts, Sergio returned with an amazing Tequila creation, Don Fulano. As Sergio continues to educate the world on sustainability, production methods, and 360 degree operations for Tequila, his latest project Derrumbes Mezcal shows that innovation is still possible for a Mezcal brand. We...

Duration: 00:46:03

Ep 191 - Eduardo Orendain: A Historic Family From Tequila Town

Eduardo Orendein comes from a deeply influential family in the town of Tequila. The Orendein family is one of the founding families of Tequila. Their spirits have been available for over a hundred years and the flavors of their Tequila Arette line are remarkable. Eduardo found himself naturally continuing the work of his father and is now the master distiller for Tequila Arette. His shift to sales and being the face of Arette is a new one. Is it the challenge one would expect? We chat...

Duration: 00:49:08

Ep 190 - Anne Louise Marquis: Let's Talk It Out

With their daughter's mental and physical health as the main priority, Campari's Anne-Louise Marquis childhood was focused on learning about everything the world had to offer. This enlightened and inquisitive youth found ALM studying ancient cultures, science, and performance. Her fondness for the stage, both in terms of production and creation, ultimately led her to L.A. where her brush with hospitality became more impactful. Now traveling broadly sharing the fine sips and stories of Wild...

Duration: 00:58:00

EP 189 - Ivy Mix: Exploring, Pouring, and Adoring

With a rich love of animals, travel, and creating, Leyenda's Ivy Mix remains one of the strongest female mentors in the hospitality industry. Being an identical twin raised by 2 deeply artistic parents, Ivy's trajectory was always influenced by openness and curiosity. After a life changing trip to Guatemala, the threads of hospitality started to take root in Ivy's career. Now as a force behind Brooklyn's Leyenda, what is next for Ivy and her fight for women in this industry? We chat speed...

Duration: 00:48:23

Ep 188 - Vance Henderson: Creating The Right Groove

The threads of hospitality and inspiration run deep for DC's Vance Henderson. An articulate artist who has had every job in the industry, Vance is a writer, a teacher, and a student of the world. As these traits combined with a deep connection to the historically poignant Drambuie, a beautiful match was made. Vance now travels the states curating experiences and creates the perfect groove for the moment; all in the name of Drambuie and conviviality. We talk Time Out Austin Bar Awards, cold...

Duration: 00:54:38

Ep 187- Seb Derbomez: Around the World in 80 Ways

From a small French village, to teaching, to engineering, Sebastien Derbomez's career started off with little to do about hospitality. An incredibly influential move to London set Seb's hospitality career in motion. Quickly learning English and the many facets of a full working service, Seb's creative muscles began to flex. Some years later after love, more cocktail inventions, and some gin brand work, Seb finds himself in New York. The traveling life of Monkey Shoulder's US personality is...

Duration: 00:55:15

Ep 186 - Sharon Yeung: Enjoying the Moment For All Its Worth

From early days in San Francisco, the push from her family to follow traditional Chinese paths of family and college drove The Roosevelt Room's Sharon Yeung to different aspirations. A natural born host and culinary mind, Sharon is a hospitality veteran who values all of the tasks, no matter how small, that drive her career forward. As many moves involve love, Sharon ended up in Austin just 3 years ago and has had a self proclaimed "awakening" in the most influential role yet at Austin's...

Duration: 00:41:59

Ep 185 - Caer Maiko Ferguson: Building a Career, One Frame at a Time

With deep roots in the arts, it's no surprise that The Eleanor's Caer Maiko is creating incredible concoctions. Using her many hours as an animator and visual artist, Caer's creative mind is now shifting to the sense of taste to bring amazing ideas to life. Following love and new hospitality opportunities, Caer's career focus remains laser focused. We chat Peché, Japan, family, and more.

Duration: 00:50:58

Ep 184 - Ted Breaux: Reviving Absinthe in the United States

Insightful scientist, engineer, and overall brilliant mind, Ted Breaux made it his quest to uncover the lost components of pre-ban Absinthe. Using his chemistry and science backgrounds, Ted successfully recreated the Absinthe that so heavily influenced the artists of 19th century France. An arduous path and many years later, Ted crafted Lucid Absinthe, his personal sonnet to the beloved spirit. Now over a decade later, how does this beloved spirit still haunt and tempt Mr. Breaux. We talk...

Duration: 00:53:50

Ep 183 - Derelict Airship Distilling: Bringing a New Face to Absinthe

The spirits industry of Texas is growing profoundly, but the innovation in Absinthe is just now starting to gain traction. Matthew Mancuso and Jessica Leigh Graves sit down to chat about the trials and tribulations of starting a brand and a distillery all the while facing the challenge of consumer education. The initial interview just about a year ago is appended with an update about their new Violet Crown Spirits Absinthe. Jessica shares the new challenges, changes in brand, and htow...

Duration: 01:35:19

Ep 182 - Jose Valdez: Engineering A Career Into Tequila

Jose Valdez is the brilliant operational and distilling mind behind Partida Tequila. As a child in Mexico he learned engineering basics from his father and after being guided into academia, Jose's true career took shape. As a well-spoken, highly educated spokesman for Partida Tequila and the rich culture of Mexico, Jose notes that no success can be gaged without the proper measurements. We sip through the 4 delicious Partida marks, talk about ambition, and an addiction to creating new...

Duration: 00:59:53

Ep 181 - Jaime Salas: Finding One's Self in Tequila

Through the lens of Mexican-American duality, Milagro Tequila's Jaime Salas uses his rich cultural upbringing in San Francisco to provide the best hospitality possible. With rich experience in psychology and live events promotions, Jaime's intellectual background paired perfectly with his roots in Jalisco to lead him to the world of Tequila. Now as the National Brand Ambassador for Milagro Tequila, Jaime brings community, the transportive nature of agave, and his love of culinary arts into...

Duration: 01:00:24

Ep 180- Michael Rogers: A Calculated Love of Zombies and Whiskey

An interesting mix of right brain and left brain, Balcones Distilling's Michael Rogers has traversed many creative paths. From writing a pair of Zombie romance tales available here, to learning cocktail composition, Michael has an insightfully calculated approach to his career. Now in his most recent role as a peddler of delicious Balcones whiskey, will Michael complete the zombie trilogy, and will he finally open up his own establishment? We talk horror movies, Calvados, and overproof...

Duration: 01:03:58

Ep 179 - Benjamin Krick: Exploring The World's Every Avenue

From Mezcal, to drawing, to traversing the world, San Antonio's Benjamin Krick has a deep passion for exploration. His love of hospitality, the world's cultures, and having a good time are perfectly embodied at his staple San Antonio establishment Juniper Tar. His endearing lust for life and learning have taken him around the world in search of anything unseen before. But as these travels mount and Benjamin becomes increasingly positioned at the forefront of the cocktail culture narrative,...

Duration: 00:38:41

Ep 178 - Emilio Vieyra: Carrying the Torch of Mezcal Tradition

From early days in Houston to a career in veterinary medicine, Michoacan's Emilio Vieira ultimately felt his family's tradition guide him home. The extraordinary mezcalero has been a spokesman for Michoacan and let his passion for tradition drive Mexico to recognize his native state's beautiful take on Mezcal. This contentious battle ended in victory as Michoacan is now sharing its wonderful spirits with the world under the recognized standard of "Mezcal". What has this journey entailed...

Duration: 00:25:06

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