• Heather

    HEATHER OTTO General Manager

    Heather is a people-oriented mentor, developer and leader. Over the past 20 years she has built various major businesses in the beverage, service, hospitality and entertainment industries. Heather encountered her first management endeavors while in East Carolina during college managing a Sports Bar and Entertainment Complex before moving on to working several years for a billion dollar internationally known Royal Caribbean Cruise line as a Beverage Manager on their large ships, to then developing the training and development for a $ 400 million start up Hard Rock Amusement Park. She later went on to work eight years for Hard Rock Cafe restaurants in Boston and Washington DC, building the business and eventually becoming the General Manager of the DC Cafe. Heather believes that each employee can become part of a great team and views her job as a developer of talent and mentor of managers while giving every employee the opportunity to grow beyond their perceived abilities. Her trademark of building a cross-functional team is what she believes is so important to the long-term success of businesses, and views herself as having a major role as a coach and orchestrator of that talent. Heather is a high energy person who is an active and avid supporter of the various music genres and arts, having attended over 50 Broadway plays, over 150 music festivals and concerts, and keeping up with the various popular musical groups which are a big part of the City Winery success. Heather is a dedicated and passionate leader, excited to be leading the team building almost every component of the first DC City Winery from virtually an abandoned warehouse LOVE night club. Heather enjoys spending time with her family and friends, supporting local charities in the DC community and being an advisor on the National board for Musicians on Call, traveling to major concerts across the US, ship cruising, and visiting foreign countries. She enjoys the food and beverage industry; creating and providing a unique and memorable experience for all guests.

    Email: hotto(at)citywinery.com

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    Brandon Ingenito Executive Chef

    Chef Brandon has been bred into culinary preeminence since he was a young boy; he had been fortunate enough of being born into a family of chefs. His father Paul, was a mentor and served an important role into laying the groundwork for the future of his career. Chef Brandon graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY in 2008. His first Position was at the prestigious Ritz Carlton hotel in pentagon city at the Fyve Restaurant Lounge. At the age of 21, Brandon had landed his first Chef De Cuisine position at Kemble Park Tavern in Georgetown, DC. Brandon’s next venture took place at the Central Intelligence Agency’s fine dining room, in which he played an important role in preparing food for foreign dignitaries, ambassadors, politicians and even presidents. He then branched off as an entrepreneur and opened a gourmet food truck, where he served all over the northern Virginia and D.C area. It is where Chef Brandon was recognized by Washingtonian magazine and was rated for top best food trucks in Northern Virginia. Chef Brandon acknowledged the importance and demanding nature of High Volume restaurants, as one of many aspects of the food industry, this is where he joined Great American Restaurants and resided at the Carlyle Grand Café in Arlington, VA. A place where you could truly grow into an outstanding team player and an operations specialist. Next, Brandon took the back roads down to Stafford Virginia where he helmed as executive chef for Potomac Point Winery; A wonderful hidden gem where a chef could truly be creative with some of Virginia’s best wines. Now, with over 10 years of experience, Chef Brandon has now joined our team at City Winery. He will be leading our team with all weddings, receptions and music events to come!

    Email: bingenito(at)citywinery.com

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    Adam DriciWinemaker

    Adam is a winemaker hailing from Virginia. After getting a Biology degree from William & Mary, Adam began smooshing grapes and turning it into tasty wine for a number of years, spending most of his career in nearby Maryland at a working farm winery called Rocklands Farm. Adam spent a lot of time digging around in the vineyard and working hard in the cellar there, but the most important part was being able to pet friendly pasture-raised pigs/cows/sheep/chickens whenever possible. While working there Adam took courses from UC Davis that greatly deepened his knowledge of winemaking. Adam has also spent a lot of time honing his craft in Virginia as well as France studying the very diverse winemaking regions and techniques there (and tasting wine of course). An avid lover of all kinds of music, City Winery just made sense to Adam. In his spare time Adam hosts wine-themed charity auctions and dinners raising money for various worthwhile organizations around the world. Adam is looking forward to bringing high quality, minimal intervention, vineyard-focused wines that taste good and smell good to the D.C. area.

    Email: adrici(at)citywinery.com

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    Michele Duré-ChavisEvents Director

    Michele is a true Hospitality connoisseur. She has spent over 20 years honing in on her skills. She was born in New York, but was raised in Florida and spent much of her life there. She is a graduate of Stetson University in Deland, FL and while attending school she discovered her passion for customer satisfaction as she had the opportunity to work in various positions in some of the most prestigious hotels in Orlando. After many years in the Florida sunshine she moved to New York and became involved in the demanding and competitive wedding market of Long Island and followed her time there to become a Director of Catering at a rooftop bar and restaurant in the heart of New York City. She then moved to the suburbs of Maryland and has enjoyed the DC lifestyle. She now continues to bring her passion for her clients and her love of planning weddings and corporate events to City Winery. When not working she has been a Girl Scout leader for over 7 years, she loves traveling, shopping for fun and as a secret shopper, photography, scrapbooking, and spending time with her two daughters and her husband. She enjoys many genres of music but with Caribbean parents she has a soft spot for reggae. She loves Italian food and will never turn down a glass of Riesling!

    Email: mdure-chavis(at)citywinery.com

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    Chris Anukwuem Service Director

    Chris was born and raised in Houston, TX. He moved to Washington, DC to attend school at Howard University and has stayed ever since. His restaurant experience spans 14 years, starting out as a host then moving on to become a food runner, expo, server, bartender, restaurant supervisor and finally a manager. He is a big R&B fan, but would tell you that he loves all music. He is currently listening to Marian Hill at the moment. As for wine, Chris loves a good Malbec. He has been to Bermuda twice, enjoying the pink sand and clear waters most of all. His favorite food is mac & cheese! Chris played trombone in High School. In college, he was in the marching band percussion section and started a hip-hop dance group as well.

    Email: chris(at)citywinery.com

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    Erin Douglass Venue Director

    Erin joined the City Winery family in January 2018 from Hard Rock International. In the nine years + at Hard Rock, Erin had the pleasure of working in six cafes on the East Coast while climbing the professional ladder from Operations Manager, to Kitchen Manager, Retail Manager, and finally Assistant General Manager to the Washington, D.C. location. Erin comes to us with a background in hospitality from Penn State University. She has a keen eye for details and strives to provide the highest level of experience. When not at City Winery, you will find Erin spending time with her husband and 2 Boston Terriers, Mother Remington the Man slaughterer and Sister Matilda Bawling Brooke.

    Email: edouglass(at)citywinery.com

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    John O'NeillTalent Buyer

    John is one of those weirdo success stories who was able to eventually turn a decent record collection into the lifelong dream of never having to wear grownup clothing to work. His long, circuitous route to talent buyer has included stops as a radio host (WCUW) as well as music columnist for a variety of now all-but-extinct alternative weeklies, including the San Francisco Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, Phoenix Media Group and Houston Press. Those thunderbolts of judgement could also be occasionally heard on WTAG and KQED. Booking-wise he helped launch San Francisco's now venerable punk dive Thee Parkside (also co-founding the annual BudgetRock Festival) as well as stints at Austin’s legendary Antone’s and acting as National Buyer for Hill Country Barbecue’s New York and DC stages. In his spare time John enjoys napping, hollow carbs, eBaying and cheering for the perpetually doomed Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the thread-worn Atlantic League.

    Email: joneill(at)citywinery.com

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    Kelly McDonaldMarketing Manager

    Raised on the Jersey Shore, Kelly discovered her love of live music at a young age. She frequently attended concerts with her mom, but it wasn’t until Kelly moved to Washington, DC for college that she considered turning this love into a career. From interning at the legendary 9:30 Club to serving as the Concert Chair for her university’s Program Board while in school, Kelly learned that she thrives in a fast-paced environment working with those who are as passionate about events as she is. After earning her B.B.A. from The George Washington University with a concentration in Marketing, Kelly worked in Marketing and Box Office Management for various venues in the DC area. Most recently, she worked at SoundExchange, a non-profit that collects and distributes digital performance royalties. She’s incredibly excited to return to live music and event promotion with the wonderful team at City Winery. When not at work, Kelly loves attending concerts and music festivals, working on her embroidery projects, and spend time catching up with her friends and family.

    Email: kmcdonald(at)citywinery.com

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    Jesse Free Production Manager

    Jesse was born and raised just outside of DC in Fairfax, VA and attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where he received a BFA in Technical Theater with a focus in Audio and Lighting in 2013. Out of college, he worked as a Lead Technician at Artisphere in Arlington, VA while also freelancing around the area in multiple venues including Shakespeare Theatre Co, Hill Country DC, Signature Theatre, Jaxx Nightclub, and others. Most recently, Jesse was the Technical Director and Touring Engineer for the original, world famous Harlem Globetrotters, traveling the globe and bringing his skills to some of the biggest (and smallest!) venues and basketball courts across the planet. After 3 years of touring, Jesse has returned home to pursue his true passion, live concerts, at the new City Winery DC location. Some of his favorite things to listen to are Audiotree and Daytrotter live sessions, watching and listening to new and well-known artists performing in intimate studio settings. When not at work, Jesse enjoys relaxing and occasionally playing drums or bass with friends. He enjoys working with such a close and skilled team at City Winery, and can't wait to have you join us for a wonderful evening you won't forget.

    Email: jesse(at)citywinery.com

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    Martha SmithBusiness Administrator

    Martha arrived on board in October 2019 as the Business Administrator for City Winery DC. She comes with more than 20 years of experience in the Hospitality Business in Sales and Marketing and Administration. She also has a background in government as she served as a Press and Communications Sub for the Governor and First Lady of Puerto Rico for several years. Her passion is not just business, she loves to give back to the community. She served as Co-Director for Community Outreach for the Arkansas Dream Center, a non-profit organization in Cabot, Arkansas. Also worked with numerous others non-profit organizations like Cancer Research Center in Puerto Rico, American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Musicians On Call, The AIDS Foundation, and others. Many hours of her time have gone into the Grizzlies House at St Jude Children Hospital, First Responders Organizations, Feeding the Homeless Programs through Food banks in the areas she lived, dedicating her time and knowledge from putting fundraising events, marketing campaigns and creating awareness. She currently serves in a volunteer position as the Ombudsman for the NAVY DSO North Command in Washington DC, appointed by the Commanding Officer in 2017. She is the first civilian to hold that position, as it is usually fulfilled by an active duty member spouse. Martha serves as a liaison between the Commanding Officers and the sailors and families, providing assistance and support during their time station in the area. She is married with four kids, and originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Email: marthas(at)citywinery.com

  • Daniel

    Daniel Martchek Assistant Concert Manager

    Daniel was born and raised in the Cleveland suburb of Hudson, Ohio. After playing piano, trumpet, and violin in his youth, he truly committed to a life-long relationship with music when he picked up a guitar at the age of 10. His mid-life crisis, to date, came at 15 when his family moved to Virginia and he took up intensive record keeping of his favorite bands’ past touring schedules. This experience sparked a deep interest in music venue operation and promotion that has since guided his career path. Daniel graduated from The College of William & Mary with a B.A. in music and marketing, having studied classical and jazz guitar, audio engineering, composition, and digital marketing strategy along the way. In May of 2018, he moved to Washington D.C. to pursue a career in the industry. Daniel initially joined the City Winery team as a marketing intern before joining the team as an Assistant Concert Manager. When he isn’t on the job, Daniel is attending concerts, watching tennis (also looking for a hitting partner!), and/or enjoying a good craft beer.

    Email: daniel(at)citywinery.com

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    Justine O'Connor Event Manager

    Justine was born was born in Staten Island, New York and raised in nearby Parlin, New Jersey. She found a love of food, wine, and hospitality working in and out of different restaurants and service institutions. After moving to Washington DC, she soon became involved in event planning and coordinating within the industry. Justine enjoys going out to dinner with friends and trying the latest and greatest new restaurants in the area. Her favorite type of cuisine is Spanish tapas after traveling around the coast of Spain post high school. She hopes her next adventure will soon be exploring the wine regions of Bordeaux.

    Email: justine(at)citywinery.com

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    Patrick KnottExecutive Sous Chef

    Chef Patrick grew up in Brookline, MA and his passion for cooking started at an early age before enrolling in his high school’s culinary program. After moving to New York state, Patrick began working for Frank Guido and moved his way up through the ranks at several of his Italian and seafood restaurants. Under his mentorship, Patrick enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America where he honed his skills in food preparation, nutrition and knife skills. While a student at CIA, he spent a semester interning at the renowned Aspen, CO resort, Hotel Jerome, before graduating in 2014. Chef Patrick has a passion for entertaining and has held chef positions at a variety of prestigious resorts and country clubs including the Wiltwyck Country Club in Kingston, NY; the Chevy Chase Club in Chevy Chase, MD; and most recently, The Melrose Hotel in Georgetown, DC. Chef Patrick has the ability to prepare and tailor small tasting menus to high volume events and is also well versed in developing unique meals using seasonal ingredients and offering complementary wine pairings. He now brings his experience to City Winery where he looks forward to sharing his meals with local diners and event guests alike.

    Email: patrick(at)citywinery.com