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Aaron Silverman was not born with a whisk in his hand nor was he stirring tomato sauce by his mother’s side at the age of five. Instead he was watching thunder cats and trying not to suck at little league baseball (which in fact, he did). His resume includes working for chefs David Chang, Sean Brock, Marco Canora & George Mendes to name a few.
He is mildly obsessed with flowers, occasionally full of shit, and almost always 20 minutes late…….that said, still a pretty ok guy.
Michael Richmond a.k.a. Michael. a.k.a. Mike a.k.a Hey You. a.k.a. Squirrel . . .
He comes to us most recently from Jean-Georges in NYC. He also spent time at Oceana in NYC, as well as a couple years at a little place in Louisiana known as Commander's Palace. As for the rest of his resume, we won't share it as it is NSFW.
After working at a Michelin 3 star and NY Times 4-star restaurant (JG), Michael was ready to relax a little, so we convinced him to come down to DC and join us. It was easy. All it took was a roll of ducktape, a pillow case and a rental van.
His steps of service are spot on, and he can fix ANYTHING… from broken toilet seats to broken hearts..
BJ Lieberman brings passion and a serious work ethic to Rose's. He kills it at prep, makes all kinds of cool hats in his free time and most importantly, knows how to “make shit happen". His rugged yet handsome good looks don't hurt either…hands off ladies (AND gentleman), he's spoken for.
BJ is originally from Virginia, but spent the last 12 years in Charleston, SC. He most recently worked at Husk restaurant before moving back to D.C.
Strengths: he used to be a graphic designer for restaurants
Weakness: he likes to remind you of that. Often.
KC – she is super awesome at being super awesome. KC, short for Kristen Carson or Kansas City (where she is from) was a regular guest before she joined the Rose's team.
Having virtually no restaurant experience, KC started at the bottom but skyrocketed her way up to management in a matter of months. Now she is one of the most feared and respected “expectation setters" in all the land.
Totally kidding. She is actually super-midwesterny and awesome. And we're so thankful she left her corporate career behind and decided to join us.
Hobbies include woodworking (yes, seriously), crushing it at table tennis & watching Royals games.
Fun fact: her background in hospitality includes being a 4.9 star uberX driver (mints, complimentary phone charger and all).
Seth Wells is the guy you want to have by your side if you're stranded on a desert island or in back-country woods. Think The Most Interesting Man in the World meets Davy Crockett tackling a bear. He meets a fork in the road but instead of choosing a path, Seth grabs the fork for dinner. Born and raised in North Carolina, you'll hear a hint of his southern drawl when talking about his latest creative dish. Before Rose's he was at Iron Gate Inn and Minibar by Jose Andres. A quiet thrill seeker, he's thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and cycles to and from work every day -- even in the winter. He reminds us of patchouli [in a good way] and we all want to be like Seth when we grow up. He has suspenders for any occasion. And have you SEEN his beard?! #megustathat
Interesting fact: Brodie Curtis was a ranked water polo player growing up in California. Another interesting fact: This has ZERO impact on anything he does at Rose's.
Having worked with Jose Andres for the last 5 years in LA and as Sous Chef at DC's Minibar, Brodie brings a finesse - and killer tweezers skills - to his work at Rose's (#tweezer-casual). An espresso junkie and storytelling enthusiast, Brodie's the guy you want to crack open a beer with at the end of a long service. Just don't ask him to watch your backpack for you.
Fun fact: Brodie is a twin.
Mike McNamara has been with Rose’s since the very beginning: first as a bartender and now, thankfully, as a full-blown member of our FOH management crew. Mike has a wonderful personality and more nicknames than anyone else here. He boasts an encyclopedic knowledge of American whiskey and - most importantly - can put up with as much sh*t as we can give him with a smile on his face. He is either the most fun person on our crew or he is secretly plotting our demise.
True Story: When Rose’s first opened, we had an all-staff orientation where we asked everyone to wear what they would "wear on a first date." Mike is such a big fan that he showed up in his Atlanta Falcons jersey. He obviously still hasn’t lived that down.
After graduating from college, Mike's first job was doing video game art and design before realizing his true passion was not staring at a computer screen, but rather in making people happy through his banter and serious bartending chops. Incidentally some our best cocktails have been Mike’s creations and he still has major input into our bar program.
A lot can be said about Seamus Heneghan. If you ever get to stop and talk to him, he will always be happy to discuss any of the following topics at length: kittens, heavy metal T-shirts, martial arts, independent film, photographic art. Also, yes, he IS real. However, he will likely never find time to get his cracked iPhone fixed. He will always win the game "never have I ever" and his VHS collection is staggering. He is the mastermind behind our "Innkeepers pie." For as good as Seamus is at making pasta, he is even better at Instagramming himself making pasta.
Why bother highlight all of Ben Mihal's experience when it would be undoubtedly eclipsed by his position as the FOH manager at The Melting Pot in high school? Often referred to as the most selfless person at Rose's Luxury, Ben started here more than two years ago as an intern coming out of the CIA and has been making moves ever since. From intern to line cook to junior sous in such a short period of time...who knows, by next week he might be running this joint. Classic Mihal.
A writer and photographer, many of the best photos on our Instagram are from one Mr. Jordan Anthony-Brown. He spent some time with us as a stage before working at Iron Gate Inn, where he cooked alongside our exec sous chef Seth Wells for more than a year before returning to corporate life at CEB. Now he's back in the kitchen and can throw around jargon about efficiency like nobody’s business. He’s wicked smart, he crushes AM prep lists and he really shines as a team player. As noted above, he is also Whitney's best friend.
The only thing bigger than Elliot Portera's hands is his heart. He's an amazing cook and an emotional rock when he's on the line. Except for that one time he got back from Vegas. We're not sure what happened there, but he will still shudder if you mention his "episode." Needless to say, Elliot is no longer allowed to go to Las Vegas.
But that's for the best because we'd be lost without him holding down the line and being there to give hugs and fist bumps to all the staff everyday. Elliot has worked every station in the kitchen and has become an amazing mentor to all of the younger cooks. All of that goodness likely sprouted from his first job slicing deli meat at Costco.
Kean Mcilvaine is one of the most uniquely awesome people we have on our crew. Although she is quiet, she is both loved and feared by all those around her. Mostly loved. Unless you make a mess in the walk-in. Then she is feared…do yourself a favor: don’t make a mess in the walk-in.
Kean grew up spending time between Africa and Washington, DC until her mother decided they should settle down in the DMV and become a farmer. Kean got her first chickens for her 11th Birthday. Nowadays, the family farm (Longview Farm) provides Rose’s with eggs, produce and pigs, which are ironically named after her siblings.
Kean attended Culinary school at L'Academie de Cuisine in MD, and quickly became a Junior Sous Chef at Proof before starting at Rose’s, where she has been kickin’ it for the past two years. All the while she has been quietly becoming a bad-ass cook and an efficiency monster. Again, don’t make a mess in the walk-in.
born and raised in the south. now a d.c. resident by way of nyc, Brooke Horne helps out all over the place. part gardener, part fashion consultant, part drinking buddy, she lends her expertise wherever needed – which tends to be a lot of places these days. she is an avid collector of coozies and strictly avoids eating meat (with the exception of bacon and bbq of course).
loves tater tots, caviar, dive bars, dirty martinis, roofdecks, camping trips, and veggie-bacon-cheeseburgers. in that order.
kate lee (aka Farmer Kate), has roots all over the place, from georgia to virginia to hawaii, thanks to being an army brat.
she is helping to design, build and maintain the garden at Rose’s. her impressive knowledge of plants and flowers is exceeded only by her impressive fashion sense that continues to this day (don’t think for a second she’s not still rocking the gone with the wind look).
not only that, she’s cutthroat at a game of cribbage and throws killer late-night solo dance parties. also of note, she happens to be the Garden Director for the awesome DC Greens where you can learn more about…wait for it…RIGHT HERE!