Featured Beverage Director; Demario Wallace
Serving as Beverage Director at Oliva Restaurant Group, Demario Wallace oversees the wine, beer and cocktail programs at Italian market café Bellina Alimentari, modern Israeli restaurants Aziza and Rina, Atrium – a Modern American restaurant with European influence and an extensive cocktail program – and Carmel, a new restaurant inspired by California and Yucatan shores.
Each beverage program embodies the respective restaurant with rifts on classic cocktails through a culinary lens. Leaning on his upbringing in the kitchen and hospitality industry, he uses the best ingredients in cocktails and a slow food method for extractions, infusions and housemade bitters and syrups. At every restaurant, the beverage teams he oversees set out to make focused cocktails that all have unique and strong narrative arches and provide the best experience throughout the glass, from the first sip to the last drop.
Prior to Oliva Restaurant Group, Demario spent nearly a decade tending bar at restaurants throughout New York City and Brooklyn. Prior to the hospitality industry, Demario worked in music, organizing and running festivals and events.
Demario’s Nahua Daiquiri
Serve in Stemmed Glass over Pebble Ice. Garnish with Lime / Dried Chili
Photos Courtesy of Oliva Restaurant Group