February 15, 2015
What happens when you send out almost 40 online dating messages in one week? Oftentimes, nothing. On today’s show, Jacqueline and Ben share their insights, lessons learned, and greatest takeaways from critically looking at online dating correspondence. Then they’re joined be Andre Mack, owner of Mouton Noir Wines and former sommelier at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry and Per Se. As the #1 African American winemaker in the country, they discuss minority representation in the hospitality world, finding love where you work, and how artistic collaboration never stops fueling us.
MEET ANDRE HUESTON MACK
Andre Mack is an award-winning sommelier, noted for his work in San Antonio and for chef Thomas Keller both at The French Landry in Yountville, CA and Pe Se in New York City, where he managed a 1500-selection award-winning wine list and consulted regularly with Chef Keller on menu and pairing development. Winemaking had always been a dream of his and came to fruition in 2007 when he founded
In 2007, Mack founded Mouton Noir Wines, serving restaurants and retail from his Oregon winery, as well as curating wines for Club W, a wine club for a new generation of drinkers. In 2011 Mack established Get Fraiche Cru, a boutique graphic design firm, for which he serves as creative director, working with clients such as Joel Gott, Palm Bay Imports, and Charles & Charles.
Mack has been married since 2008 to author Phoebe Damrosch, whose New York Times notable book, Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter, details their courtship and collaboration while opening Per Se restaurant.