We felt this was the right time to give you a preview of what’s coming soon, and a quick recap of where we’ve been.
When we started NightOwl,our belief was that if we built a local search and discovery platform from scratch, and did so truly looking through the eyes of the person with his or her phone in hand, we’d end up with something that looks a lot different from Yelp or Google Maps. Why? Well, because when we’re out and looking for something, it’s pretty rare that we have no idea what we’re looking for. Usually we either know exactly what we want, in which case we Google the place, or we have a general idea – eating, shopping, sight-seeing, or getting drinks – but need help choosing the right spot. And if that’s the case, it makes a lot more sense to be using something that’s built for that specific need instead of an app that attempts to be all things to all people. It’d be like a carpenter who only owned a Swiss Army knife.
For this week’s Nightcap exclusive, we’re in Washington D.C. with Jess Milby. She’s the founder of the Young Winos of D.C., a group of fellow wine lovers collectively sharing and expanding their wine knowledge through fun, social gatherings. Jess has been in the wine industry in a variety of areas ranging from distribution to production since 2007. Today you’ll find Jess hosting and promoting social and educational wine events around the DC area, as well as preparing for her latest venture – the inaugural DC Champagne Week, a sophisticated, educational and bubbly event co-produced with her close friend, Alison Marriott.
NightOwl recently spoke with Amanda Dell, the former front of house at notable restaurants such as Gramercy Tavern, Maialino and Ai Fiori. Amanda is a native New Yorker and a well-known insider within the New York culinary industry. Most recently, Amanda teamed up with Kimberly Chou to become the co-directors of Brooklyn’s own, Food Book Fair.
Food Book Fair celebrates food culture and the books that bring them to life by giving a platform to chefs, no matter how big or small their restaurant is. Together, Amanda and Kimberly are driven by their passion for food, the culinary explosion in food media, combined with the lost art of human interaction to match food enthusiasts and the chefs and media that bring the celebration of food to life. Dubbed the “Coachella of writing about eating,” their events are the first of its kind: part festival, part conference, and fueled by the lost art of human interaction– giving foodies of all types the opportunity to interact with and learn from a roster of amazing writers, eaters, drinkers and thinkers, operating in a real life space that is much needed in these frenzied, digital times.