One of my favourite things to do is have a cocktail with a friend, or someone who will become a friend by the time the glass is empty. Cocktails with KB is a monthly column that allows you to get to know some of Hamilton’s most exciting people! So, pour yourself a cocktail and enjoy!
This month, I had the pleasure of having New York Sours at Two Black Sheep with the inspiring and enlightening Erin Dunham of Rapscallion, Two Black Sheep and The Alex fame. She is co-owner of the three restaurants, as well as a professor, an author and an all-around amazing person.
KB: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
ED: My mentor told me “If you’re going to be a woman in business, accept that you’re in a world of men and act like a man; never let them see you cry, never moody, always be hyper rational.”
KB: What’s your favourite cocktail? What’s in it?
ED: A dark and stormy which is rum, ginger beer, lemon juice and a dash of angostura bitters. But, I also love a scotch. Neat. Does that count as a cocktail?
KB: What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
ED: Recently, for my birthday, Matthew Kershaw made all of my favourite things for dinner. We had Matsuri sushi for an appetizer. For the entrée, Tornadoes Rossini which is veal tenderloin with foie gras and truffles. We had a bottle of wine from my birth year, a 1982 Cabernet from California.
KB: Why Hamilton?
ED: Because Hamilton is awesome. Hamilton is underrated. Hamilton is not pretentious. Hamilton is a community. Hamilton is inclusive. Hamilton is growing. Hamilton is my hometown.
KB: If I came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for me?
KB: Give me 3 words to describe Hamilton.
ED: Up and coming. Welcoming. In love with itself.
KB: What’s the best thing about what you do?
ED: Watching people have mini orgasms as they eat our food.
KB: What’s the worst thing about what you do?
ED: The stress of knowing that at any moment, someone could complain about our food and break my heart. (Luckily that doesn’t happen very often.)
KB: What’s your motto?
ED: Do what you want.
KB: What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
ED: I was eating at a restaurant in London. I had brought an old beautiful bottle of wine and I gave the bottle to the server. She looked at it kind of nervously. She grabbed a corkscrew, and brought it back to the table. She struggled with the cap and then she handed me the bottle and the corkscrew and asked if I would open the bottle. So I opened it. Then she said, “Well, you might as just pour it too.” Needless to say, I poured it and we were in stitches. And yes, I paid corkage.
On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about life? 9
Favourite restaurant in Hamilton (not your own)? Matsuri Sushi
Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Brain of a cow
Best gift you’ve ever received? Paul Elia painting of the Lister Block (thanks Marc Faurakawa!)
How do you like your coffee? I like it to be like green tea
What’s your favourite activity in Hamilton? Art crawl
Favourite band? Duke Ellington Orchestra
Favourite solo artist? Etta James
Person you want to have coffee with? Tom Robbins
A book you plan on reading? The Art of War
What do you love on a pizza? Anchovies, anchovies, and anchovies. I get triple anchovies on my pizza, that’s a thing.
Favourite lyrics? “Love is watching someone die, so who’s going to watch you die.” (What Sarah said)
Dolphins or koalas? Koalas because they’re cute but aggressive.
Favourite colour? do black and white count?
Least favourite colour? pink
Best way to decompress? wine
Weirdest word in the English language? pneumonic