After more than a decade long sommelier career that included stops as Head Sommelier at Bouchon Bistro, three and a half years as a sommelier at The French Laundry and a year at Per Se in New York, Garth Hodgdon was hired by Champagne Krug as their National Ambassador. For the next five years he traveled the country hosting tastings, dinners and educating the next generation of Champagne lovers. He has spread the word across all 50 states and has been a featured panelist at food and wine festivals across the country including Aspen, Pebble Beach, Hawaii, Los Angeles, TexSom, SommCon and Charleston. Garth has been named "Best New Sommelier" by Wine & Spirits, placed second in the Chaîne de Rotisseurs Young Sommelier Competition, passed the Advanced Exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers, been featured in many national and international publications and spent about 45 seconds onscreen in the documentary "SOMM."
Having built her career in the architecture and design field, Cat has over 20 years of industry experience building restaurants from the ground up. She has worked as the Senior Interior Designer for hospitality leaders such as Starbucks Corporate, Coca Cola, Lou Malnati's, and other major restaurant groups across the country, as well as top wineries and tasting rooms in Napa Valley. Alongside her work, Cat has always found inspiration in traveling the world and has been to some of the best wine growing regions in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and the United States. Most currently, she is undertaking the Wine Scholar Guild's Champagne Masters program as an avenue to build her knowledge and expertise in the champagne export business. Cat's vision is to design more opportunities for people to learn about, and be exposed to, grower champagnes through experience and connection.