This New Durham Cocktail Bar Wants Local Produce to be the Star
"Kingfisher intends to build a drink menu that shifts the dominant flavors from the booze to strawberries, or tomatillos or celery, and then adding the spirit that complements it. Umstead said the bar will be big into pickling, preserving, jamming, dehydrating and wringing ever bit of interesting flavor from the bounty of North Carolina."
How To Love Green Peppers
"At Kingfisher, a cocktail lounge opening this winter in Durham N.C., owner Sean Umstead will make local produce the star of his drinks. His emerald-hued Oaxacan Bell begins with a green-pepper syrup that provides a backbone for the cocktail and draws out the vegetal notes of mezcal. The more bite, the better!"
Chefs Tap Local Potters to Craft Serveware Blending Function and Style, Surprise and Delight
"Kingfisher’s cups add texture and a tactile element you might not otherwise get when you’re sipping a cocktail.”
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“That means lots of pickling and preserving and a strawberry daiquiri you’ll actually want to drink.”
Kingfisher Cocktail Pop-Up Series Sweeps the East Coast This September
"As a warmup for the launch of his cocktail bar Kingfisher in Durham later this year, Sean Umstead is rolling out the first in his series of cocktail pop-ups"
Craft cocktail bar Kingfisher will Open in Durham
"Umstead, who is currently the general manager at St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar where he also oversees the bar program, plans to build Kingfisher's signature cocktails around N.C. produce."
Farm-to-Cocktail bar opening in Durham
"As for what to taste first? Expect something with strawberries, for some summer-inspired sweetness. A purchase of 75 pounds of strawberries from Lil’ Farm has already been made."