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Thursday, September 27 • 11:00am - 1:30pm
Restaurant Entrepreneurs: Dishing on DC’s Food and Beverage Startup Scene LIMITED

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A new restaurant or bar seems to be popping up every day in DC, but how did these delicious digs go from concept to culinary sensation? In DC Startup Week's first ever restaurant entrepreneurs panel, we're taking a deep dive into DC's thriving food and bar scene and giving you the inside scoop on how to succeed in the industry. 
This two-part panel explores the ins and outs of breaking into both the food and beverage scene, with one hour devoted to food concepts and one hour dedicated to spirit, beer and wine entrepreneurship. From innovative fast casual concepts to modern luxury restaurants, to cocktail creators to beer brewers, our panelists will provide insight into the ideation, funding, challenges and successes in building a profitable food and beverage startup.

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Paul Dahm

Co-Founder, WorkChew
Paul is an entrepreneur, food and beverage sector investor and most recently was the CEO of a D.C. nonprofit in the food and job training space. Paul has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, relationship management, team development and public speaking/media appearances... Read More →
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April Johnson

Founder, Happied
April is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Happied, a web (soon-to-be mobile) app allowing users to find and explore top happy hours in DC through a searchable happy hour database and premium extended happy hour subscription program. She left her career as a real estate finance... Read More →

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Matt Baker

Chef, Gravitas
What sets Chef Matt Baker apart from others in his field is his consistent passion for cuisine, hospitality and all things local. In his life, food and dining have always come first. His obsession with food started at an early age. During holidays in Houston, Texas, he assisted with... Read More →
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Pia Carusone

Co-Founder, Republic Restoratives
Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Pia is a graduate of Bard College and has been proud to call DC home since 2009. After years of winning tough campaigns, Pia joined Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' team, becoming the Hill's youngest female Chief of Staff. After the stunning... Read More →
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Nick Freshman

Mothersauce Partners, Founder
After graduating from Emory University, Nick followed his heart and stomach into the restaurant industry. Over his 20-year career, Nick has worked in almost every capacity, leading multiple restaurants from the concept stage to thriving businesses. He is currently the co-owner of... Read More →
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Michael McGarvey

CEO/Co-Founder, 3 Stars Brewing Company
Co-founded 3 Stars Brewing Company in 2011, looking to create a “local” option in the District for craft beerResponsible for the strategic planning and implementation of all brewing capabilities: staffing, physical plant, brewing processRaised capital through equity and bank financing... Read More →
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Don Morton

Founder, Shrub District
Don is the owner and founder of Shrub District. He is a bartender, WSET trained wine nerd, cocktail geek, fermentation enthusiast, and eager host. After 10 years working in public policy, Don founded Shrub District to bring a little more happiness into the world. Before Shrub District... Read More →
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Thursday September 27, 2018 11:00am - 1:30pm EDT
Prequel DC Restaurant Incubator 919 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20006