San Francisco, California.
I am currently the bar director for Juliana Bar in Guayaquil, Ecuador - we won Best Cocktail Menu at 50 Best earlier this year!
I started my career with Kimpton hotels, working to develop bar programmes and concepts across all of their sites, something like 60 nationwide. I’ve worked in fine dining restaurants - bar director at The Dabney in DC, which has one Michelin star, and I also consulted on the pairings at Maum, which has two - but my most notable previous role was probably at San Francisco’s Pacific Cocktail Haven, when we won Best Cocktail Bar in America at Tales of the Cocktail 2020 and placed #74 at 50 Best the same year.
I also had a stint in Mexico curating an endemic spirits portfolio for a wine importer!
I have a newborn at home so my nights off are pretty slim, but typically cooking and enjoying drinks with friends and family. Ecuador has the most amazing produce to cook with, and being a port city in Guayaquil absolutely everything comes through here - from land and sea! Our menu, Diverso, is all about celebrating this biodiversity, championing local farmers and working with indigenous communities to protect our heritage.
I’m typically a beer and shot type of gal, but I love a good Last Word or 50/50 Martini.
Making Martinis for Michelle and Barack Obama when I was at The Dabney.
I would love to be a Cognac blender.
Any Ancestral Arroqueno Mezcal.
A morning shower beer - that's a cold beer in a hot shower!
Bitter Bae - amaro, mezcal, coffee and salt, served over a large rock with a trimmed lemon twist. It's a stirred, spirit-forward cocktail that's bitter, rich, and smoky thanks to the combo of mezcal and amaro!