Michelle Gauthier

CEO / Founder

3 words to describe you? Headstrong, spunky, disorganized.

Life before Mulberry & Vine? I owned a women’s clothing store in New Orleans (my hometown) then owned a furniture store in the West Village. I went to cooking school (ICE) somewhere in between.

How do you stay in physical and mental shape? I drank the SoulCycle kool-aid... it’s my physical and mental workout. I’ve solved the world’s problems by keeping pace.

An odd quirk about you? I don’t like to lock doors. Car doors, front doors, all doors. Something about locking things makes me feel very unsafe. Or I just hate fishing for my keys in my black hole of a purse.  Oh, and I love Eminem.  I really, really love Eminem.      

What lesson do you still live by that mom taught you? Eat fresh ingredients, lots of vegetables, nothing processed or artificial. Yes, mom, it is indeed because of you that I’m a food snob!

Interesting fact about you that no one would guess? I went to 3 different high schools and 4 different colleges... and not because my parents moved. But I still turned out okay.

When calories and fat grams be damned, what are you eating? Prime Rib sandwich from Eataly, Chicken Parm from the Palm in East Hampton, Fried Shrimp poboy from Domilise’s in New Orleans, my mom’s Crawfish Etouffee.

 

Michelle Gauthier is the Founder of Mulberry & Vine and has lived in Tribeca since 2001. She lives with her 2 sons, JW and Rome, and their 2 cats. But she was told not to share the information about her cats because she's single and would like to date again one day.  

Justin Schwartz

Nutrition Director / Co-Founder

3 words to describe you? Passionate, thorough, direct.

What do you do to stay in physical and/or mental shape? I hate working out, like literally hate it! So instead, I never sit down, I walk everywhere, and I try to eat healthy. I have been known to walk all the way home to the LES from Mulberry & Vine in Tribeca.

Interesting fact about you that no one would guess? I lived in an intentional community with about 100 people for 6 years. It was on 200 acres wayyyy up a dirt road 6 hours north of SF.

If you could have any career you wanted, what would it be? I'm pretty happy with the one I have thanks!

Any nonprofits you love, & why? I volunteer with the Ali Forney center in Harlem. It’s a really unique homeless shelter and youth empowerment program that focuses on LGBTQ youth. Sadly 40% of the homeless youth in NYC identify as LGBTQ and if I can do anything to change that I will try. http://www.aliforneycenter.org

What’s your (non-food) guilty pleasure? I love nothing more than a good lazy Sunday at home! Order some food, turn on the TV, and get cozy on the couch! Solo Netflix & chill?

An odd quirk about you? I brush my teeth in the shower. I don't know exactly when it started but when I was young I read an interview with Tony Braxton and she said she brushed her teeth in the shower so... obviously I tried it.

When calories and fat grams be damned, what are you eating? Brussels sprout pizza from Motorino, chicken pot pie, sour patch kids & Reese's peanut butter cups (the organic ones just aren’t the same).

 

Justin Schwartz is Co-Founder of Mulberry & Vine, lives in the Lower East Side and never wants to leave!

Joshua Mead

Operations Manager

3 words to describe you? Fierce, fierce, and fierce.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in New York? Middle-of-Nowhere Virginia. I transferred up through my previous company because I was tired of cornfields.

What can’t you stop talking about? Books books books.

What would be impossible for you to give up? Jane the Virgin. Seriously the best show.

Interesting fact about you that no one would guess? I’ve seen a Brooklyn-based circus-punk band 75 times.

If you didn’t have the job you have now, what would you do? Struggle to make rent.

Where is your favorite place on earth? Ten to fifteen feet from Kanye West.

What is the one thing you own that you wish you didn’t? Do I technically own student loans? I always figure they own me.

When calories and fat grams be damned, what are you eating? Sour gummy worms and hummus by the pound.

 

Joshua Mead is an Operations Manager at Mulberry & Vine and ran away from Virginia to Bed Stuy in 2015. He lives in a coffin-sized apartment with Edna, his grumpy ginger cat. 

Ty Matos

GM/District Manager

3 words to describe you? Opinionated, Sassy & Stubborn

What’s an interesting fact about you that no one would guess? I’m of Japanese, Puerto Rican, and African American descent. Funny story how that happened.

Food that you absolutely hate?  Anything with cheese, except pizza. And no I don’t like mozzarella, just on pizza.

What do you do to stay in physical and/or mental shape? I work out at the gym 3x a week. Keeps me in decent shape and it’s the best stress reliever.

What are you most passionate about personally or professionally? Helping people in some form or capacity. At the moment it just happens to be through food and proper diet.

What can’t you stop talking about? Fashion of some sort. I’d run a style blog if I had more free time.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in New York? New York native here. Grew up in the city and wouldn’t change it for the world.

What would be impossible for you to give up?   Cake and Ice Cream. I don’t eat it often, but when I do one serving isn’t enough.

 

Ty Matos is a District Manager and GM of Mulberry & Vine Midtown East and was born and raised in New York. In the 12 hours when he is not at work he is most likely on the couch binge-watching TV, shopping, or hanging with friends.

Andrew Dugan

GM - Nomad

Three words to describe you? Tall, dark, and handsome.

What’s an interesting fact about you that no one would guess? I survived solely on Fisherman’s Friend-brand cough drops and the reluctant kindness of strangers for three days on an impromptu trip to Norway because I could not afford to exist there.

Food that you absolutely hate? Onions. Don’t @ me.

What do you do to stay in physical and/or mental shape? The gym with fellow M&Vers. Cycling. During the summer, I play rec-league soccer on the left wing or in defensive mid.

What are you most passionate about personally or professionally? Literature, soccer, travel — the holy triumvirate.

What can’t you stop talking about? I can shut up about anything.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in New York? I grew up in rural Virginia, which — spoiler — wasn’t fantastic. A Greyhound took me here. I don’t know why.

What would be impossible for you to give up? We’re no strangers to love — you know the rules and so do I . . . I’m never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.

What lesson do you still live by that mom taught you? Don’t be a butthole.

Andrew Dugan is the General Manager of Mulberry & Vine NoMad. He’s moved from Virginia to California to Nicaragua to, currently, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where he lives in an apartment filled with furniture found on the street and a rescue cat named Maeby.

Lewis Gutierrez

GM - Dumbo Heights

3 words to describe you? Resourceful, Eclectic, Creative

What’s your (non-food) guilty pleasure? Soccer and video game podcasts.

What’s an interesting fact about you that no one would guess?  I have been in the New York Times and various other large news and media outlets for starting my own business. That business was walking people's virtual creatures in the hit mobile game Pokemon-Go. Yes, you can laugh.

What do you do to stay in physical and/or mental shape? I'm a writer in my spare time and read a lot as well. I am also in a band/art collective. I used to play soccer, so if you have a team I can join, let me know!

What can’t you stop talking about? Spider-man: into the Spider-verse, The Crown, RDR2, and Superstore.

What would be impossible for you to give up? Honestly, brunch.

What is the one thing you own that you wish you didn’t? Toilet paper, it doesn't even work.

Lewis Gutierrez is the General Manager of Mulberry & Vine Dumbo. He hails from Los Angeles, California but moved to Richmond, Virginia and later to North Carolina for college. He now resides in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where he lives with his three best friends and bandmates. In his spare time, you can find him at home writing, playing video games or jamming.

 

Limor Evenhaim

Graphic Designer

3 words to describe you? Pretty good, thanks.

What do you do to stay in physical and/or mental shape? I never get tired of walking around the city and taking the long way.

What’s your (non-food) guilty pleasure? Documentaries, especially ones on history or science. (Which shouldn't be a guilty pleasure but sometimes they can clear a room pretty quickly).

Interesting fact about you that no one would guess? I was born on Flag Day, a national holiday no one is aware of.

What can’t you stop talking about? The last book I read.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in New York? I'm from Los Angeles. After graduating with my BFA there, I thought I'd have a go at my first real winter and head east. I've always loved NYC and wanted to start my work in the design industry here.

If you didn’t have the job you have now, what would you do? I'd probably be studying music. 

What lesson do you still live by that mom taught you? Be adventurous. My mom has lived on three continents and speaks 4 languages, she taught me how not to be intimidated by unfamiliar things.

When calories and fat grams be damned, what are you eating? Ever since the Dylan's Candy Bar opened in Union Square, I'm probably eating a big bag of candy.

 

Limor Evenhaim is a graphic designer specializing in print and advertising design. She has lived in NYC since July 2011 and is never moving back to LA (sorry, mom).