NightOwl recently had a visit with Karie Engels, an avid lover of food, wine, and beer, contributor to Connoisseur Magazine, and founder of her online culinary beverage magazine, “Your Home With Karie Engels.” Karie lives in Seattle and is all about great, healthy recipes matched with wine, beer, and spirits for the ultimate meal. When not writing, Karie can be found on her road tour, tasting foods and sipping fine wines and great brews, while showcasing amazing chefs in her “Visiting Chefs” dinner series and pairing their creations with ambrosial libations.
For this week’s Nightcap exclusive we’re hanging out with Stacey Swenson, the bartender at Dante in New York’s Greenwich Village, recently ranked #34 best bar in the world by Drinks International Magazine. The original Dante opened its doors on Macdougal Street in 1915. For over 100 years, neighbors and celebrities alike have frequented this cafe for a piece of Italy. The pictures that line the walls are not only of the original owners, but also highlight the wonderful cast of characters that have passed through these doors: from artists and writers, like Anais Nin and Ernest Hemingway of the Bohemian age, to Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, and Al Pacino, Dante is a place that people have always flocked to.
We recently had a Nightcap with Director and Founder of the San Diego Spirits Festival, Liz Edwards.
Liz launched the festivalnine years ago as a celebration of craft cocktails, culinary arts, and spirits culture. With bartender competitions, tastings, seminars and parties, the festival offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for brands to be supported and gain recognition among San Diego’s cocktail and culinary community and beyond.
For this week’s Nightcap exclusive we’re in San Francisco with DJ M3 from Monarch, the reigning king of San Francisco’s nightlife. DJ M3 pulls triple duty as an owner, manager, and resident DJ at the SOMA spot known for its aerialists, live music, and beautiful decor. Kick back and get “burnified” while this jack of all trades spins his tale.
This week we sit down with Dara, the creator and editor of The Skinny Pig, a local NYC-based food blog covering restaurant reviews, recipes, and events. Dara writes about a variety of topics including food, cooking, cocktails, and dating for blogs, brands, and online publications. So pour a bacon-infused Old Fashioned and relax while we pig out with Dara.
For this week’s Nightcap exclusive, we sit down with Conor Sweeney, the Brand Ambassador in NYC for Teeling Whiskey Co. Dublin has traditionally been the heart of the Irish whiskey industry, and in 1782, when Teeling forebear Walter Teeling established his distillery, there were over 35 different distilleries in Dublin alone. Today, the Teeling Whiskey distillery is the only operational distillery in the city and home to the Spirit of Dublin. Pour yourself a wee dram and join us for a chat with Conor as he shares this great story and plans for the future.
We recently sat down with bartending royalty, Chris Lowder, the former Head Bartender at the Four Seasons in Seoul, South Korea. As Head Bartender, Chris was responsible for cocktail creation and beverage menu curation for the hotel’s six bars and restaurants. In its opening year (2016), his flagship bar Charles H. was named by Drinks International as the 8th Best Hotel Bar in the World, Best Bar in Korea, and took 52nd spot on 100 Best Bars in the World. In the same year, Chris was also nominated by Tales of the Cocktail as International Bartender of the Year, so, yeah, he’s kind of a big deal. Grab yourself a Singapore Sling while we rap with Chris….
For this week’s NightCap we chatted with Christian Blake, the US brand representative for Erdinger Weissbier. For over 130 years, Erdinger’s outstanding quality of wheat beers has been rooted in their passion for Bavarian brewing skills. Erdinger has been brewing exclusively in Erding since 1886 – every single bottle – and they’ve never brewed anything other than the Bavarian specialty “weissbier.”
This week we caught up with Nick Feris, rum educator, author and founder of The Rum Collective, the longest running rum society in the U.S. based in Seattle. An advocate for quality and a voice for lesser known, traditionally-made rums, Nick tirelessly promotes the beauty of his favorite spirit, loves overproof rums, and probably knows a sea shanty or two. So pour yourself a measure of grog as we chat with Nick.
This week we talk cocktails, winter drinking, and skinny-dipping with one of New York’s leading cocktail aficionados, Selena Ricks-Good, founder of the noted cocktail-scene blog The Dizzy Fizz. Selena produces and hosts experiential cocktail events for connoisseurs and casual imbibers, writes extensively about cocktail culture, and knows a thing or two about where to find the best warm drinks for this frigid winter. Pour yourself a hot toddy while we chat with Selena…