Sweet/Dry: An Exploration of the Intersections of Taste and Identity

Woodridge Library

Sweet/Dry: An Exploration of the Intersections of Taste and Identity

Monday, June 10, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

The District's food and wine scene has grown significantly in the past decade. While this growth has created a diversity of restaurants, wine shops and other establishments, some residents do not see themselves as welcomed or wanted as customers. The DC Public Library and Domestique Wine are partnering to host a panel that tackles this particular intersection of taste and identity with SWEET/DRY.

The words sweet and dry are used regularly as ways for people to describe what they enjoy in terms of taste, especially regarding wine, as well as project how they want to be seen. However, who controls the story around food and where those establishments are located has implications in a city where change can make people feel included and excluded. For example, when Domestique, a natural wine store, opened on the corner of Florida Ave. and North Capitol St NW, they wanted to appeal to a wide range of people. While they have been successful at creating an inclusive and welcoming environment, the experience prompted this discussion. 

Sweet/Dry aims to invite a transparent and honest conversation about the perceptions and connotations surrounding taste. 

The session will run 6:30-8 p.m., followed by Q&A.
 

Panelists

 

Janine Copeland, moderator, is a wine educator and content creator living in Washington, DC. A New Jersey native, Janine originally moved to the District to pursue a degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Howard University. The world of hospitality stole her away, and now she's worked throughout the industry, gaining experience in a variety of settings, from dive bars to Michelin-starred restaurants. Most recently, she served as General Manager of Dio, the city's only bar dedicated to natural wine. Janine holds her Introductory Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers and continues her studies through the Society of Wine Educators.

 

Jon Bonné is one of the leading American voices writing on wine today. He is the Senior Contributing Editor at PUNCH; where his work won him Feature Writer of the Year at the 2017 Roederer Awards. He is also the author of "The New California Wine" and "The New Wine Rules." Bonné is the wine consultant for JetBlue Airways. For nearly a decade, he served as the Wine Editor and Chief Wine Critic of The San Francisco Chronicle, where he won two James Beard awards and numerous other accolades. He covers wine and other drinks throughout the world for a range of top publications and is working on his next book, "The New French Wine."

 

Lee Campbell is a wine professional for the modern age. After working in some of Washington, D.C.'s and Manhattan's top culinary and vinous establishments, she hopped the East River to Brooklyn, and became the Wine Director for the Andrew Tarlow Restaurant Group, and co-created one of America's first natural wine salons, The Big Glou. Today, Lee represents the burgeoning Early Mountain Vineyards of Madison County, Virginia; is co-organizer of Wild World, an annual drinks & fermentation festival in Austin; and specializes in programs integrating wine and food into a balanced, healthy and joyful lifestyle.

 

W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of "Ever is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi's Dark Past" and "The House at the End of the Road." He is a writer in residence and visiting professor of English and Southern Studies at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. His writing and essays have appeared in several publications, including the Washington Post, Gravy, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and the American Scholar. He is currently at work on a book on the literary landscape of his home state of Mississippi.

 

Millicent Souris is a cook, writer and instructor living in New York. She is currently the Rescue Food Coordinator at St. John's Bread and Life, the largest emergency food provider in Brooklyn. She has been on the opening staff of several restaurants. A few are still open. She grew up in Maryland on a dairy farm and in her family's bar.

 

Genevieve Villamora is the co-owner of Bad Saint, a Filipino restaurant in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C. Rated one of the best new restaurants in the United States by Bon Appétit in 2016, the restaurant serves traditional Filipino food with a fresh and seasonal approach. Villamora worked with community-based nonprofit organizations for a decade before starting her second career in the restaurant world. She has worked in various D.C. restaurants including Komi, Little Serow, and Room 11.

Add to Calendar 10-06-2019 18:30:00 10-06-2019 19:30:00 Sweet/Dry: An Exploration of the Intersections of Taste and Identity The District's food and wine scene has grown significantly in the past decade. While this growth has created a diversity of restaurants, wine shops and other establishments, some residents do not see themselves as welcomed or wanted as customers. The DC Public Library and Domestique Wine are partnering to host a panel that tackles this particular intersection of taste and identity with SWEET/DRY. The words sweet and dry are used regularly as ways for people to describe what they enjoy in terms of taste, especially regarding wine, as well as project how they want to be seen. However, who controls the story around food and where those establishments are located has implications in a city where change can make people feel included and excluded. For example, when Domestique, a natural wine store, opened on the corner of Florida Ave. and North Capitol St NW, they wanted to appeal to a wide range of people. While they have been successful at creating an inclusive and welcoming environment, the experience prompted this discussion.  Sweet/Dry aims to invite a transparent and honest conversation about the perceptions and connotations surrounding taste.  The session will run 6:30-8 p.m., followed by Q&A.   Panelists   Janine Copeland, moderator, is a wine educator and content creator living in Washington, DC. A New Jersey native, Janine originally moved to the District to pursue a degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Howard University. The world of hospitality stole her away, and now she's worked throughout the industry, gaining experience in a variety of settings, from dive bars to Michelin-starred restaurants. Most recently, she served as General Manager of Dio, the city's only bar dedicated to natural wine. Janine holds her Introductory Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers and continues her studies through the Society of Wine Educators.   Jon Bonné is one of the leading American voices writing on wine today. He is the Senior Contributing Editor at PUNCH; where his work won him Feature Writer of the Year at the 2017 Roederer Awards. He is also the author of "The New California Wine" and "The New Wine Rules." Bonné is the wine consultant for JetBlue Airways. For nearly a decade, he served as the Wine Editor and Chief Wine Critic of The San Francisco Chronicle, where he won two James Beard awards and numerous other accolades. He covers wine and other drinks throughout the world for a range of top publications and is working on his next book, "The New French Wine."   Lee Campbell is a wine professional for the modern age. After working in some of Washington, D.C.'s and Manhattan's top culinary and vinous establishments, she hopped the East River to Brooklyn, and became the Wine Director for the Andrew Tarlow Restaurant Group, and co-created one of America's first natural wine salons, The Big Glou. Today, Lee represents the burgeoning Early Mountain Vineyards of Madison County, Virginia; is co-organizer of Wild World, an annual drinks & fermentation festival in Austin; and specializes in programs integrating wine and food into a balanced, healthy and joyful lifestyle.   W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of "Ever is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi's Dark Past" and "The House at the End of the Road." He is a writer in residence and visiting professor of English and Southern Studies at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. His writing and essays have appeared in several publications, including the Washington Post, Gravy, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and the American Scholar. He is currently at work on a book on the literary landscape of his home state of Mississippi.   Millicent Souris is a cook, writer and instructor living in New York. She is currently the Rescue Food Coordinator at St. John's Bread and Life, the largest emergency food provider in Brooklyn. She has been on the opening staff of several restaurants. A few are still open. She grew up in Maryland on a dairy farm and in her family's bar.   Genevieve Villamora is the co-owner of Bad Saint, a Filipino restaurant in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C. Rated one of the best new restaurants in the United States by Bon Appétit in 2016, the restaurant serves traditional Filipino food with a fresh and seasonal approach. Villamora worked with community-based nonprofit organizations for a decade before starting her second career in the restaurant world. She has worked in various D.C. restaurants including Komi, Little Serow, and Room 11. false DD/MM/YYYY