Follow your Passions, trust yourself.

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Distinction Magazine

I’m happy to announce that this months issue of Distinction Magazine has featured, the hard work of the amazing community I’m involved in. Distinction Magazine itself, is such a community driven, awe inspiring, entertaining/beautiful content driven publication and the team behind it does an amazing job. *For the full article please subscribe or purchase a copy of this wonderful magazine.


The company I work for,(a.k.a. have adopted as my baby) Origin Wine Social located in The Freemason/Downtown area of Norfolk, VA is a new small business that’s knocking out it of the park. It’s a small locally owned Wine shop, Which is run and owned by a level 2 Sommelier Matthew Emorski, Your’s truly Director/Manager of most things, Brianna Farias and our amazing Event facilitator/Assistant Manager Derek Koel. Together as team Origin, we have accomplished so much more than we envisioned when we started. We run the Wine Club at the ICON apartments in Downtown, Our own wine club in house, we have branched out to private events (In store and out), we teach wine classes, have movie nights, and are featured in several local publications. Not only do I love working there, I love the community support we get as well. We also love to support our community, and love visiting, promoting and helping other small business strive. The best part of it all, is that each and everyone one of us involved in Origin are passionate about wine, and are a tight knit family.

This Specific Event was part of Distinction Magazine’s Secret Supper Series. *Contact Distinction for more info on how to about entry into one of these awesome events.

The cuisine was absolutely a heavenly experience. Spruce Home + Design owned by the lovely Allison Whitmore hosted the guests for Hors d’ouvres and wine paired by Matt. Their gorgeous space was a perfect start to the night.

Chef Ross Riddle has worked in some of the best surrounding area restaurants with experience in various styles of cuisine. He launched his own food truck called Hashi Chow. Hashi has now evolved into a ridiculously cool pop-up, Private event and Private Chef by request. Definitely check him out on or his IG @hashichow to see the beautiful work he has done. However, as any good event has the support team was stellar and crucial to pulling this event off. Another ridiculously awesome chef Ian Hock, who runs his own pop-up style restaurant Codex @codex_va out of Pendulum Fine Meats @pendulumfinemeats, busted out these amazing dishes along side Ross. Rowena’s Kitchen @ Rowenaskitchen offered their space to help make this event come to fruition, and Chef Ross implemented their famous pound cake into the dessert course. I wish I could tell you more, but you’re just gonna have to buy the magazine to get all the juicy details. 🙂

Moral of the Story: Follow your passion and see where it takes you.

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