Jennifer Knowles’ first encounter with wine wasn’t the rosy epiphany that one might expect, for an oenophile who has risen to such heights in her profession. It involved a dispenser of Chablis that resembled a water container and with a quick twist of the nozzle, the water turned out to be wine.
In July 2018, restaurateur Hakan Ilhan announced the appointment of Keith Bombaugh as the executive chef of one of Washington, DC’s most prestigious downtown restaurants, Mirabelle, located one block from the White House at 900 Sixteenth Street, NW.
Native Washingtonian Zoe Ezrailson grew up in a family that has a great appreciation for fine dining and pastry. She spent many holidays cooking and baking alongside her relatives. Here she was responsible for making various desserts and pastries including king cakes, beignets, biscuits and croissants.
Becoming a sommelier was not Karl’s first career choice. While pursing a career in music composition after attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Karl discovered his passion for wine, and its endless expressions.
Jordan hails from Chicago, where he began his career in hospitality by serving and bartending. Eventually working his way up into front of house management, Jordan learned that his true strengths were in guest services and staff development.
A native of Philadelphia, Zachary Faden moved to Washington, DC in 2005 to earn two Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and in Philosophy from American University before completing his Master of Science degree in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2010.