A native New Yorker, Mikayla is a certified sommelier who found herself drawn to the wine and hospitality profession while studying Psychology at the College of Charleston. After graduating she continued her wine studies in New York City working for Danny Meyer in a number of capacities (including at Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern, and teaching wine classes for the Union Square Hospitality Group). After four years, under the mentorship of master sommeliers, she moved to Northern California to get her hands dirty working the wine harvest under the tutelage of a long time California winemaking icon. She then spent three years on the sommelier team at The French Laundry until taking over the wine program at Dominique Crenn's Petit Crenn. During her three-year tenure Mikayla assumed the dual role of Wine Director and General Manager. Her wine program for the Crenn Dining Group received the esteemed ‘Jury Prize’ from the World of Fine Wine. Mikayla’s passion and curiosity for the art and science of wine continue to propel her in the vibrant wine culture around the world. Mikalyla is the lead virtual wine educator at GoAved.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Alyssa graduated from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration with a focus in food and beverage operations. She moved to Maui to work for the Four Seasons Wailea where she found herself becoming more and more interested in wine and beverage programs. From there, she went on to manage within the Michael Mina restaurant group in San Francisco, where she also studied and became a Certified Sommelier. Her passion for not only wine, but also technology and how it is changing the industry, led her into the startup space (specifically SaaS/B2B). For the past 7 years, Alyssa has been working in business development, sales and customer experience with companies that work directly with owners and operators of restaurant groups and hotels. Alyssa now resides in New York City.