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The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Hospitality Industry Community Gardens – 2024Ep09 – Elise Hanson of Toronto’s Higher Harvests (top center) and Keyatta Mincey-Parker of Atlanta’s A Sip of Paradise Gardens (bottom center).

We’re back with a new show! On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we are talking about two projects spearheaded by two talented bartenders and hospitality industry veterans. Both projects involve community gardens for and by the industry. We chat with Keyatta Mincey-Parker, founder of Atlanta’s “A Sip of Paradise Garden,” and great friend of the show. Also joining us is Elise Hanson, who recently won Bombay Sapphire Gin’s “Most Imaginative Bartender” competition with her project, “Higher Harvests,” that will transform Toronto rooftops into hospitality venue driven gardens.

This is a fun, interesting, and important show! Both of our guests are industry leaders delivering visionary projects in their respective locations. Our good friend, Keyatta, started A Sip of Paradise Garden in Atlanta a few years ago. It’s much more than a community garden run by and for local bartenders, though that is a key component. It’s also a space for varied and critical programming that supports the industry in various ways.

Similarly, Elise’s project is something larger. The award allows her to get her project, “Higher Harvests,” rolling in Toronto where space for urban gardens is very limited. Her innovative approach is to establish rooftop gardens above hospitality venues for their use and other programming. The award is sponsored by Bombay Sapphire Gin in association with the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation.

We discuss their projects, how they work, and why they are so important. We also learn about their backgrounds. Keyatta is a noted bartender and drinks business consultant and – news flash – is a 2024 honoree of the Tales of the Cocktail “Catalyst” award! Programming note – this news came out after we taped the show. Congrats, Key!

A cool part of the story is that Keyatta was one of Elise’s two mentors for the Most Imaginative Bartender (MIB) award. So, lots of good vibes here! Elise is also the Bar Manager at Bar Raval in Toronto who developed a love for agriculture.

Check it out to hear and learn much more!

Cheers and Be Well, You All!

~ Bryan