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Monday Meditations with Wine – Jimmy Quinn

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 Jimmy Quinn. Jimmy Quinn is the General Manager at Briarwood Wine and Spirits. He is taking a beat to talk with Chuck about his recent travels to pick Out barrels for the shop and most recently to Tales of the cocktail. An annual spirits conference in NOLA.

Jimmy is a Certified Specialist of spirits with the Society of Wine Educators. Born and raised in Mississippi he has a keen sense of balance when creating beverages that are progressive and approachable. He has likely written beverage menus for one or two of your favorite restaurants in the Jackson Metro area. Check in to hear our conversation on Monday at 6 pm On FB Live!

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 – Tiffany Bobbs Rescheduled for 5/23/22

Due to technical difficulties, we had to reschedule Tiffany Bobbs interview on Monday Meditations with Wine to Monday, May 23rd.

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.

For the month of May, each guest will have one very important thing in common, they are Mothers. Chuck will focus on how they are able to balance their jobs, families, passions, and life while navigating motherhood.

This Monday Chuck will have the very talented Tiffany Bobbs Wine Director and Sommelier, Mom, and more. Tiffany began working in the hospitality industry during college in 1999. The restaurant schedule worked around her college pre-med courses, and she worked her way from the host stand to the server floor to behind the bar, and eventually, to management. Her first job at Char Restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi, formed the basis of Tiffany’s wine knowledge. Training classes and coworkers pushed Tiffany to dive into Char’s wine lists and really learn the foundation of the wine world. Soon, a desire to start a family and focus on them instead of her studies led Tiffany to change college majors, which allowed her more hours in the restaurant.

After the birth of her daughter, instead of jumping back into the professional public relations world that she now had a degree in, Tiffany fell in love with the industry that had supported her for the past seven years. Tiffany became a full-time hospitality industry employee. Tiffany moved from Char Restaurant to Tico’s Steakhouse as a bartender where the world of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon was prominent. Tiffany soon moved to Table 100 in Flowood, Mississippi, which was owned and operated by my former Char Restaurant bosses. As first a bartender and then a floor manager, Tiffany fell even more deeply in love with wine and how it was constantly changing and could transform a dinner. Tiffany sat for her Introductory Sommelier Exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2015 and passed.

Tiffany became wine director for Table 100 and implemented a Cruvinet by-the-glass system, wine dinners, and featured pairings. In October of 2018, Tiffany made the move to The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen in Jackson, MS. Tiffany has enjoyed the support of owners Steven O’Neill and James Beard nominee Alex Eaton. They have allowed her full control of the wine program. Tiffany carried over her wine dinners, tasting, and employee classes. While at The Manship, they have received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2019 and the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence in 2020.

Watch Live on BRAVO!’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BRAVOBuzz

Tiffany Bobbs

Monday Meditations with Wine – Jess Davenport 5/9/22

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.

In honor of Mother’s Day, each Monday in May each guest will have one thing in common – Motherhood. Chuck will focus on how they are able to balance their jobs, families, and life in general. This week he will have Jessica Davenport owner of Sugar Ray’s Sweet Shop.

Jess is a foodie, hospitality expert, customer service enthusiast, and mental health advocate.
Growing up in Jackson, MS, she has spent her entire work career in the food, beverage, and
hospitality industry.

Jess is the proud owner and creator of Sugar Ray’s Sweet Shop, a candy and confection store that believes in creating sweet experiences. One of these experiences was to assist in revitalizing downtown Jackson by developing a nostalgia candy store in 2016.

After failed partnerships and hard times, Jess decided to close down the store and focus on building her skills. She has received her Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting from Jackson State University and her Masters of Science in Leadership from Belhaven University also in Jackson, MS. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Jackson and a new member of the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute. Participating on several boards in the city and community, Jess has made it her mission to create opportunities for everyone, regardless of race, status, or gender, to access good food.

In March 2020, during quarantine, Jess decided to rebuild, refocus and restructure Sugar Ray’s into an e-commerce and pop-up brand. In doing so, Jess launched a cinnamon roll line that has been named the “best in town.” These rolls are hand-crafted deliciousness. All of the rolls and toppings are hand-made in-house with premium crafted extracts, spices, and toppings to bring the best cinnamon roll swirls to you wherever you are because Sugar Ray’s now ships throughout the U.S. When Jess is not in the kitchen, she is an Account Manager at The Tell Agency. Which is a full-service public relations firm specializing in social media management, content creation, copywriting & editing, feature writing, and event planning – among other things. There she assists with helping brand tell their stories. You can follow Jess Davenport and Sugar Ray’s Sweet Shop at @shop_sugarrays.


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