The oldest of two daughters, Rachel grew up in farm towns, primarily outside of Philadelphia in South Jersey. While studying Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, she was able to complete a LL.M. program in International Law at Vrije Universiteit in the Netherlands. She moved to Washington D.C. to attend Georgetown University where she earned a Master’s Degree in International Law and Global Security. “Like many others, I was laid off from the law firm I was working for in 2008, which is when I turned to the service industry to support myself. While I thought it would be a quick fix, I ended up juggling working in Georgetown’s student bar while finishing my degree and working for think tanks and research institutions. I ended up quickly moving from serving to bartending and have since opened the largest bar/music venue in D.C. and I’m about to celebrate four years at my current job. I am allowed to flourish and pursue different passions there and with their support, passed my Introductory and Certified Sommelier Exams in 2014 and I’m part of an amazing team that collaborates on one of the city’s celebrated craft cocktail programs. I am also very active within the industry city and nationwide, and have participated and placed in many cocktail competitions and was fortunate enough to be selected for Camp Runamok, Speed Rack and worked Spirited Dinners during Tales of the Cocktail 2015 and 2016. I look forward to starting my term as Vice President of the Washington DC Craft Bartender Guild in January of 2017 and am also a member of the U.S. Bartender Guild D.C. Chapter.”
Rachel explains her passion for her work, “Every day I have the opportunity to meet and talk to people from all over the world who look to me as the bartender to provide a celebration, entertainment, comfort and/or a service. I like figuring out what makes people tick and I genuinely enjoy the varied conversations that happen organically over the course of a night. That, combined with the opportunity to be creative through a cocktail program and ample opportunity for education and growth, often surrounded by a bunch of fun and interesting people, is my perfect recipe to keep me passionate about what I do.”
In her rare moments of spare time, Rachel loves getting outdoors, “I love living in cities, but I definitely crave outdoor time and separating myself from the concrete jungle, so I spend a lot of time biking around and love exploring the different parks in D.C. when I can’t make it out of the area. I have a great little balcony where I grow as many plants as I can manage; this year I had around 30 different types of herbs, vegetables and flowers, and my harvest often ends up in my cocktails for competitions and events. Anyone who has spent any time with me in warm weather knows that I’m a waterborne creature, so whenever I can find a way to a body of water, I’m game. Travel is always a top priority and I hope to make it back to Amsterdam for my 10-year-reunion next year.” Look for Rachel at Angel’s Envy events around D.C., and be sure to ask her for one of her amazing cocktails, or just brush up on the finer points of international law.