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.

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, 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!

Luis Reyes

Director of Operations

3 words to describe you? Driven, focused, goofy.

What’s your (non-food) guilty pleasure? Taylor Swift and Netflix… and Harry Potter, definitely Harry Potter.

 What’s an interesting fact about you that no one would guess?  When I was 17 I was the second fastest pretzel roller in the country.

Life before Mulberry & Vine? I was a mechanic for a short time. But I’ve been in restaurant operations for a long time. Still love working with my hands, though.

What can’t you stop talking about? Podcasts! I’ve been really into them recently and I can't stop talking about them. Serial, lore, sawbones are a couple of my favorites.

 Where did you grow up and how did you end up in New York? I grew up in south New Jersey, after my brother served in Iraq in the Marine Corps he moved to New York so I came along.

 What lesson do you still live by that mom taught you? When you do something DO IT. Lead by example. Be the type of person or professional you want others to be. 

What is the one thing you own that you wish you didn’t? Bad vision. I really would love to just see perfectly without contacts or glasses.

 

Luis Reyes is the Director of Operations and lives in Bayonne, NJ with Elvis his mutt terrier who gets to enjoy a wonderful backyard that no other mutt terrier in NY would ever be able to enjoy!

Jay Farley

Culinary Director

3 words to describe you? Beard, red, awesome but not in that order.

What’s an interesting fact about you that no one would guess?  I'm left handed but use a knife with my right.

What did you do before Mulberry & Vine? I’ve had the privilege to work under some of the best chefs in the world. Most recently Chef Alex Stupak, Chef Laurent Tourondel and 3 years under Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

What do you do to stay in physical and/or mental shape? I try to head to the gym as much as possible. For the past 3 years, I’ve really made significant changes to my diet and body. I ride my bike to work when I can and hike the Catskills on the weekend. I read constantly. I try to read a book a week.

What are you most passionate about personally or professionally?  Mentoring young cooks. We are living in a society where it's easy to find the answer with a push of a button. When you show someone the “how” and the “why” and that light goes off inside them, you can see it in their eyes, that’s what makes this job worth it.

What can’t you stop talking about? Right now, pancakes.

Where can we find you when you’re not working? Hopefully, you won't. I’ll be off the grid on a mountain top or a river bed.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in New York? Most of my youth was spent in Tampa, FL, itching to leave. After years in the Army and wandering around the world, I decided to become a chef in this great city.

When calories and fat grams be damned, what are you eating?  A late night ham sandwich, kettle chips and a Budweiser tall boy from the bodega or Al Pastor nachos and a Mexican Coke from El Diablito Taqueria.

Jay Farley is the Culinary Director of Mulberry and Vine. He lives happily with his wife and beagle dog on a tree-shaded block, nestled in the East Village. 



Joshua Mead

GM - Tribeca

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 the General Manager of Mulberry & Vine Tribeca 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 - Midtown East

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 the General Manager of Mulberry & Vine NoMad 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.

Strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Pinolillo in Nicaragua. It’s a gritty cornmeal–cacao concoction... I don’t recommend you drink it.

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.

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.

If you didn’t have the job you have now, what would you do? If I couldn’t wrest Anthony Bourdain’s job away from him, I’d take up a role in education of some kind again.

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

When calories and fat grams be damned, what are you eating? A carnitas burrito from Tacos Tumbras a Tomás in Downtown L.A. I’ve had them flown in cross-country.

 

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 a basement room filled with furniture found on the street.

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).