INTERVIEW:  BRITTANY KELLUM [DOGWOOD SOUTHERN TABLE]

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INTERVIEW: BRITTANY KELLUM [DOGWOOD SOUTHERN TABLE]

Brittany is a relatively new face on the Charlotte cocktail scene but who's quickly gaining a solid education in the industry and destined to enhance the cocktail offerings in the city.

TC:  Where are you from?

BK:  Jacksonville, NC. I’ve been in Charlotte for 13 years.

TC:   How long have you been bartending?

BK:  I bartended a little at Dressler’s Metropolitan, but Dogwood is my first official bartending job, so 1 year and some change. 

TC:  How did you choose bartending as a job?

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INTERVIEW: BRIAN "THE HAMMER" LORUSSO [DOGWOOD SOUTHERN TABLE]

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INTERVIEW: BRIAN "THE HAMMER" LORUSSO [DOGWOOD SOUTHERN TABLE]

I have a special place in my heart for Dogwood Southern Table.  When I sent out the initial email to pitch restaurants on joining the first ever Cheers to the Queen City Cocktail Tour this past summer, General Manager Tim Buchanan was the first to respond with an enthusiastic, yes, they would love to be involved. Filled with all the confidence in the world after securing my very first restaurant I made my way to South Park one afternoon to sit down with Tim who introduced me to Brian "The Hammer" Lorusso who manages the bar program at Dogwood. To the crew at Dogwood, Brian is known as "The Hammer," a title that one might imagine would be bestowed upon the intimidating type but what I found during our first meeting was quite the opposite.

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INTERVIEW: COLLEEN HUGHES [CREPE CELLAR KITCHEN & PUB, SEA LEVEL]

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INTERVIEW: COLLEEN HUGHES [CREPE CELLAR KITCHEN & PUB, SEA LEVEL]

From the second I opened the door at Crepe Cellar and saw Colleen behind the bar, I knew we would be friends. I had a long day of herding kittens at work and she had liquor. Colleen has a soft smile and bubbly personality, but don’t be fooled; She doesn’t play when it comes to cocktails. Having had the pleasure of imbibing craft cocktails from some of Charlotte’s best bartenders, thanks to the Liberate Your Palate’s curated cocktail tour, I have come to find Colleen as one of Charlotte’s best, in a male dominated scene. Not to sound too fan girlish, but if Charlotte had a dream team of bartenders, Colleen would definitely be on it. As Colleen was working her magic, I got the chance to pick her brain a little bit.

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