This week on The Morning After, hosts Sari and Jessie welcome from Pearl & Ash restaurant, general manager Branden McRill and wine director Patrick Cappiello. Starting off the show with a ‘Currant’ Food Affair, the duo bring up hot topics that have made recent headlines, including thoughts on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. After the break, Branden and Patrick share how they came to team up and have a hand in creating Pearl & Ash. Set in a challenging location in New York City, Patrick mentions how the restaurant pioneered the area but also that the neighborhood adds to the charm of Pearl & Ash. The guys explain that Pearl & Ash prides itself in its staff as well as its social media presence, both of which help to make customers feel like family once they walk in the door. At the tail end of show, Sari and Jessie point out the guys’ love of danger, also known as sabering champagne, which perfectly leads to the first ever The Morning After Quiz! This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.
“The philosophy to me with the wine program was that I want people to be able to come to the restaurant no matter who they are, no matter what their wine experience is, what their budget is, no matter what their particular desire that evening is, to be able to have many bottles that are enticing to them. [21:47]
–Patrick Cappiello on The Morning After
“I also think that you can take the methodology of the wine list and extrapolate it across the entirety of the restaurant to say that it is about the approachability and access.” [23:39]
–Branden McRill on The Morning After