Hristo Zisovski has a myriad of restaurant experience in the front and back of the house. Tune into this edition of WORD OF MOUTH to hear Hristo, now the Beverage Director at Altamarea Group, talk about his beginnings in his father’s kitchen. Learn about Hristo’s Macedonian roots, and why Macedonia has such great produce. How did Hristo transition to a front-of-house expert? Tune in to hear Hristo’s thoughts on the rise of the sommelier, and why restaurant culture needs the beverage industry to thrive. Is it true that Hristo wooed his wife, Tia Keenan, with a gift of cheese? Later in the program, Hristo makes Leiti blind taste a wine from his cellar! Thanks to our sponsor, White Oak Pastures.

“Onions are good all-year-round, but during the springtime, you get a few special varieties- such as ramps, and red scallions are pretty rare, too.” [7:15]

Ronald Hsu on WORD OF MOUTH with Leiti Hsu

“I just fell in love with the front-of-house. I just love the hospitality aspect of it. But it’s also good, because I can empathize with the chefs…”

Hristo Zisovski on WORD OF MOUTH with Leiti Hsu