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Monday Meditations with Wine – Erin Buchwald

Monday Meditations with Wine is a weekly live interview series on BRAVO!’s Facebook page highlighting beverage and hospitality professionals and their individual efforts to grow and evolve Southern Hospitality Industry. We are all about community and getting to know our neighbors, so grab a glass of wine and join us every Monday at 6 PM on BRAVO!’s Facebook Page!

On this Monday’s episode Chuck will have Erin Buchwald from Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association. Erin began working in the hospitality industry at 16 years old. She worked as a hostess at Garfield’s in Vicksburg, MS after school and on weekends. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Journalism, Erin moved to New York City. She was a hostess at Marcus Samuelson’s restaurant Aquavit, located in the former town home of John D. Rockefeller. Erin was later a server at the French restaurant Un Deux Trois off Times Square. She returned to the South to be with her grandparents and worked at Houstons in Memphis as a server and bartender, then at the bar at Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.

Erin left the hospitality industry to pursue a career in radio. She began inn Memphis at the top 40 station on the weekends, then moved to Albany, NY to work as the afternoon drive personality and Program Director at the Rhythmic station WAJZ. She missed the South and again moved back down to Jackson, MS where she worked as the afternoon drive and Program Director at Y101.

After 13 years in radio, Erin felt it was time for a career change. She began working as the Events Coordinator at a local restaurant in November of 2019  (we all know what happened the next year). With very few events, Erin found her place at the Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association as the Member Services and ProStart Coordinator.

Erin lives with her husband Virgilio Guardado and two dogs Pepper and Sir Humphrey Waffles in fake Brandon. She enjoys eating and drinking with friends, spending time with her family, going to the gym and hosting gatherings at the house.

Monday Meditations with Wine – Isaiah Zay Jones

Monday Meditations with Wine is a weekly live interview series on BRAVO!’s Facebook page highlighting beverage and hospitality professionals and their individual efforts to grow and evolve Southern Hospitality Industry. We are all about community and getting to know our neighbors, so grab a glass of wine and join us every Monday at 6 PM on BRAVO!’s Facebook Page!

For the month of June, each guest will have one very important thing in common, they are Fathers. Chuck will focus on how they are able to balance their jobs, families, passions, and life while navigating fatherhood. On this Monday’s episode, Chuck will be interviewing Isaiah “Zay” Jones.

Isaiah “Zay” Jones is a sommelier in OKC. He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and earned his MBA at Oklahoma Christian University. As the buyer and floor Somm at Mahogany Prime in Downtown OKC, Zay shows enthusiasm and passion for educating his staff and enhancing the wine culture in OKC. In addition to being one of Oklahoma’s brightest emerging beverage professionals, he is a father of two. He balances his career aspirations and family all while maintaining his “skinny-buff” physique by playing basketball and intense workouts.  Not without a sense of humor though if you need a dose of joy while scrolling find him on Instagram @zaysensei for humor in wine and maybe catch him spending some quality time with the family!

Monday Meditations with Wine – Special Guest Taariq David 2/21/22 – Correction

Monday Meditations with Wine is a weekly live interview session on BRAVO!’s Facebook page highlighting hospitality, culinary, and beverage industry professionals from the American South. This weekly series is meant to shine a light on the enthusiastic, passionate, professionals in the south blazing trails in their respective fields. We are telling the stories of the south’s brightest in the hospitality industry.

So, grab your favorite glass of wine and experience southern hospitality from your living room, office, dorm room, or where ever you please every Monday at 6 PM CST.

In this week’s episode Chuck will be interviewing Taariq David who hails from Washington, DC, and currently calls Water Valley, MS home with his wife and four daughters. Taariq David has over 25 years of restaurant experience in the kitchen and dining room. He has served as everything from busser to General Manager. Taariq David is the definition of a true entrepreneur and has excelled as a 2021 member of the Big Bad Business Lab. The Lab is funded by Yoknapatawpha Arts Council (YAC) and in part through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program and the Mississippi Arts Commission. The Lab offers entrepreneurs a place to self-define their goals and professional development support to achieve these goals.

David owns David Hospitality Services and is the co-founder of Hospitality Bruhs. These are restaurant consulting businesses that also focus on cocktails. These businesses are designed to teach locals how to replicate restaurant-quality food and cocktails at home. David is most excited about his small business because it focuses on empowering others while being something that he has created from start to finish.

Taariq started his own business due to restaurants shutting down during COVID. Creating his own vision through cocktails and food was a dream of his that he had wanted to do for a while, and with the onset of covid, he was able to accomplish his dream. Another reason for starting his own business was so that he did not have to continue living paycheck to paycheck. Taariq is currently working with Fox Sports Center and is being featured in their segment Ultimate College Roadtrip. Check out Taariq’s latest cocktails and cuisine at @Taariqdavid or @hospitalitybruhs on Instagram!

Watch Live Monday 2/14/22 on Facebook Live: https://fb.me/e/1YPIwzUfA

Interested in learning more about Taariq David check out these great blogs and videos as well as his social media.

https://www.oxfordarts.com/bbbblog/732-a-true-entrepreneur

https://www.facebook.com/taariq.david

https://www.instagram.com/taariqdavid/?hl=en

https://vimeo.com/512363181 – Business in a Virtual World

http://www.invitationmag.com/post/creative-cocktails-featuring-taariq-david – Creative Cocktails: Featuring Taariq David

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Our “12 Days Of Giving” Gift Card Sale Is Here!

The “12 Days Of Giving” Are BACK!

Buy 3, Get 1 FREE, and WE Give 10% To Charity

They say it is better to give than receive…  but what if you could receive when you give?

You can with the annual BRAVO!, Broad Street, and Sal & Mookie’s 3-in-1 gift card sale! Buy 3 cards, get 1 FREE, and 10% goes to your favorite local charity! This once-a-year sale is on now through November 20th, so don’t miss it!

Order online at 3in1giftcard.com or visit any of our three restaurants to buy in person. Buy 3, get 1 free, no limits… give as many as you wish…get as many as you want! All while helping local charities. The BRAVO!, Broad Street, Sal & Mookie’s 3-in-1 gift card truly is the gift that keeps on giving!

Sale ends November 20th, no purchase limit, visit 3in1giftcard.com to take advantage of the best deal in town NOW!

Launching Lunchtime Favorites- For $11!

Lunch Combos Are Now At BRAVO!

You’ve seen the beautiful new interior, tried the new steak, and of course had your favorite pasta or pizza by now. But have you seen one of our biggest new additions? We now have Daily Lunch Combos Tuesday through Friday for $11!

That’s right- you can enjoy the perfect pairing (and size) of pasta, salad, soup, or sandwich at one of your favorite Jackson restaurants for just $11. Check out the possibilities:

Lunch Combos

Pasta & Salad

a half portion of linguine and meatballs, fettuccine alfredo, or fettuccine in pesto with your choice of caesar or mesclun greens salad

Soup & Salad

a bowl of tomato-basil soup or soup of the day with your choice of caesar or mesclun greens salad

Half Sandwich & Salad or Soup

a half of ANY of our lunch menu sandwiches served with your choice of caesar or mesclun greens salad, or a cup of tomato-basil soup or soup of the day


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