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Leaders of the Quench Nation

Hey there–My name is Melissa and I’ve been working in restaurants for over 14 years.  I grew up in Damascus, MD, spent 8 years in N.C. for school and work, and then headed back up to the DC area, which is where I’ve been for the last 6 years. I decided to join with the awesome Quench team, when I decided to get away from corporate restaurants.  I am extremely passionate about providing really great service, and super-excited to do some cool promotions with the bar and marketing team.  In my free time, I love heading to Sugarloaf Mountain with my golden/basset mix (seriously, she’s too cute!), I’m (slowly) picking up a running habit, and I love, love, love going to live music shows and music festivals.  If the sun is shining, you’ll probably find me outside somewhere (unless I’m busy at Quench)!  I completely and fully believe in this brand and the vision for the restaurant, so if any of you have any advice, suggestions, or concerns…please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I can’t wait to meet all of our awesome guests!

kris pokress, our newest addition!Hello! My name is Kris Pokress and I am thrilled to join the Quench Nation as the Catering and Business Development Manager! I have been in the Catering/Event Planner business for over 15 years, most of my time being spent planning events for the Oakland Raiders and Oakland A’s.  I am a Northern California native who moved to the east coast about 6 years ago.  Things I love?  Running around with my 2 kiddos and running marathons!  Sunny days, barbecues, wine and good friends, this is my concoction for good times! Since moving to the EC I have become the suburbanite party planner amongst my friends. I’ve even started an annual event, The Fall Crush Blind Wine Tasting Party!

I plan to make Quench Events the most skilled and unique catering company around; a company that serves restaurant style food (rather than traditional banquet fare), creative cocktails and killer parties. Whether it is your office, your home, or a famous Washington DC landmark, Quench Events will create a memorable experience with pleasure!

Quench - Michael HolsteinMichael Holstein is an entertainment lawyer, makes TV shows and is a partner in a record label.  He is currently too busy, too tired and not creative enough to write a coherent bio. But stay tuned!  And stay classy.

Matt Allred - Lead BartenderQuench Bar Manager Matt Allred might look like a mere lad; he still gets carded for tying his own shoes without assistance, but he is quickly approaching 30.  Some of the scotch he pours might be older than him, but he has been building bars and the drinks that go with them since he came here from his childhood home of Heidelberg Germany (a military brat) nearly 8 years ago.

Matt acknowledges that he initially got behind the bar for a quick buck, but after learning about the art of the cocktail from some of the best in the business, he soon realized that he was born with unnatural drink-creation and spirit-knowledge skills – a true cocktail prodigy!  Matt’s honed his craft in such notable venues as The Bombay Club, Brasserie Beck and Bourbon Steak, and from the microbrew craze to the resurgence of the craft cocktail, Matt has seen it all – sometimes as a wallflower – and been planning his whole adult life for this opportunity.  Matt will be a smiling, friendly and damn talented presence behind the bar, and he’s ready to expose Rockville to amazing seasonal cocktails, classic drinks and a flavor explosion.