Atlanta Contemporary welcomes a local bartender to become the Mixologist-in-Residence – here we invite the purveyors of Atlanta’s cocktail culture to share their story – over a finely crafted drink – with our audiences.

Born in Atlanta, raised in the suburbs of Gwinnett County, I was adopted into an interracial family. Viewing the world from a different perspective, always trying to question, break down and examine things from different perspectives has made me try to think outside the box. I have always wanted to be a true individual.

Watching my first Food Network show and trying to learn and make recipes made me inspired to be creative. I always wanted to be a chef, so my start in the restaurant industry started as a prep cook/expo. As time went by I learned that my personality shined and I liked talking and meeting new people made me switch to front of house.

Wanting to learn and grasp all aspects of the Restaurant Industry, I tried every position and learned that I loved crafting cocktails. My first experience with a large bar was Bahama Breeze. A lot of rum, frozen drinks, and live music. Wanting to get into a more sophisticated environment I moved to a steak house. And started learning more about wine, bourbon, scotch, and classic cocktail. After time I moved into making my own craft cocktail and syrups.

As time progresses, I learn that cocktail become more and more culinary in the craft of trying to create something new, innovative and pairs well with food. Being raised in a holistic, all natural environment where both of my parents lived on farms, we would by our produce from small, local farmers or grow our own. We tried to support our local community and try to limit the use of pesticides. I try to incorporate the same, fresh, all natural aspects into my everyday live including my cocktails.


Upcoming Events

September 25 / 5:30pm
Screening

Screening of The Task

Movie Screening and Q&A with Leigh Ledare

Presented by The Welch Visiting Artists and Scholars Series and GSU Photo
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Join us for a screening of the episode “The Task”, followed by a Q&A with artist Leigh Ledare.

September 27 / 7:00pm
Screening

Art21 Screening Society

"Johannesburg"

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Join us for a screening of the episode “Johannesburg” from the newest season of Art21’s critically acclaimed Art in the Twenty-First Century television series.

October 4 / 7:00pm
Contemporary Cocktails

Relax, Read, Refresh.

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Grab a cocktail from our Mixologist-in-Residence, peruse the curated selection of artist made goods in our SHOP, and meander through our current exhibitions on view.

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