Miranda Escalante

Credit: Chelsea Lane Photography (@chelsealane__)

Bar Manager, The Montford Rooftop Bar

Maker: Beverage Professional

Miranda has been in Asheville since 2004 when she moved to study Creative Writing. Having been in and out of the service industry since she was a teen, she landed a job at The Grove Park Inn in 2008. Always focusing on quality of service and ingredients, Miranda was drawn upon as lead server and bartender in many Food & Beverage outlets on property. She was promoted to supervisor in The Great Hall Bar in 2011, and then was hand picked to open Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen in 2013 as the Assistant General Manager.

Opening a new restaurant allowed Miranda to utilize both her role as a bartender and manager in creative ways, re-discovering how important service and training had always been to her. It was at this time that she truly honed in her passion for classic cocktails, North Carolina breweries, unique wine, and local ingredients. She was then promoted to General Manager of Edison in 2015.

Ten years at the Omni Grove Park Inn helped to solidify the mentality that the best cocktails and memorable dining experiences come from passion, knowledge of spirits, and locally sourced ingredients. Miranda made the move to Beverage Manager of The Montford at the end of July 2017. This setting allowed her to have a space where she felt empowered to put all of her time, energy, and passion into guest interactions and individualized training to staff. Her heart goes into the handcrafted, both simple and complex seasonal cocktails for every palate.
 

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