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On this installment of The NOLADrinks Show, we talk with the seminar panelists of “Building a New Table” that took place during last year’s Tales of the Cocktail. We chat with Jackie Summers, Yannick Benjamin, Lynette Marrero, and Samara Rivers.

Please note – this show was taped in the latter part of 2020. This was due in part to ensure that this show was part of the reboot of the Nitty Grits Network, which has just happened. We discuss this in the newly recorded “Parting Shot” on this episode!

The NOLADrinks Show – “Building a New Table” – Dec20Ep1 – Jackie Summers, Lynette Marrero, Samara Rivers, and Yannick Benjamin.

Pictured above from left – Jackie Summers, Lynette Marrero, Samara Rivers, and Yannick Benjamin.

The NOLADrinks Show – Building a New Table – Dec20Ep1

We kick things off letting you know what’s up on this week’s show and some things to look for coming down the line.

Then, via Zoom, we have our featured interview. It’s a discussion about opportunity, inclusion, and seeking your own path. We’re joined by entrepreneur, writer, and activist Jackie Summers aka “Jack from Brooklyn,” founder of the Black Bourbon Society and Diversity Distilled, Samara Davis, noted sommelier, para-athlete, and co-founder of Wheeling Forward, Yannick Benjamin, and famed bartender and co-founder of Speed Rack, Lynnette Marrero.

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Our guests presented this important panel virtually at last year’s Tales of the Cocktail. Jackie organized and moderated the panel. He recruited the other three panelists who brought terrific insight and passion to not on the panel, but also to this episode.

We discuss ideas and concepts covered by the panel. We also discuss how and why someone should “build their own table” and blaze their own path. It’s an inspiring chat about inclusion and empowerment.

All four of our guests stick around for our podcast-only segment, “Another Shot with NOLADrinks,” where we continue the conversation.

We close things out on our “Parting Shot” letting you know about the Nitty Grits Network, a relaunched podcast network that is part of the Southern Food Beverage and Museum. We are an inaugural show on the network and helped with its reboot. We explain how this, in part, is why you are hearing this show and the next handful a bit later than normal.

Thanks to our friends at Tales of the Cocktail for helping facilitate this show!

Cheers and Be Well, You All!

~ Bryan