Bravotv.com: We hear a little bit about your background, but where can people try your stuff? What was your road to becoming a mixologist?
Lindsay Nader: I come from a family of performers. My father was an actor for many years on Dynasty and All My Children. I studied theater arts from elementary school all the way through college and luckily found representation the moment I moved to NYC after leaving The University Of The Arts in Philadelphia. Some of my credits include Law & Order, The Messenger with Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster, and a lot of independent film. I wasn’t able to support myself on acting alone, so on completion of an indie film, I began looking for part-time work in the service industry, and that’s when I struck gold. PDT (which stands for Please Don’t Tell) is a speakeasy-style cocktail bar in NYC’s East Village and one of the most iconic and recognized bars in the world, winning worlds best cocktail bar in 2009 at Tales Of The Cocktail, the Oscars for the bar world. I was hired as the door girl and quickly fell in love with the revival movement of classic cocktails. I discovered I possessed a culinary sensibility and wanted to try my hand at the trade, as the performance aspect of bartending intrigued me. I was extremely lucky to have been in the right place at the right time. The level of training I received from my mentor Jim Meehan, who is regarded as one of the most successful and influential personalities in the bar world, paired with the camaraderie of his amazing staff, gave me the skill set to tackle every aspect of the cocktail/spirits industry. In the summer of 2010 I signed on as Cocktail Editor/recipe tester for Food & Wine magazine’s 2011 Cocktail Book, a highly esteemed annual publication. Since returning to my home town of Los Angeles, I have had the privilege of working with Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, Food & Wine magazines Best New Chefs of 2009, designing a classic drink program for the opening of their second endeavor, Son Of A Gun. I then went on to join Houston Hospitality, a design firm run by twins Mark and Jonnie Houston who are responsible for creating some of the most well-known bars in Los Angeles, including Harvard & Stone, La Descarga, Pour Vous, and No Vacancy. In 2012, I co-founded Elysium Craft Cocktail Services, a consulting and private event company. I also began to write about my adventures and opinions on my blog N.A.D.E.R. For the last year I have represented the Remy Cointreau spirits portfolio as the California Cocktail and Spirits Expert, and am now currently the Los Angeles Brand Ambassador for Absolut and Absolut Elyx Vodkas. I’ve been so lucky and blessed with every opportunity I have had!
Bravotv.com: What's your favorite cocktail? Why?
LN: My favorite is the Sazerac, a variation of an Old Fashioned and a New Orleans specialty. A Sazerac can be made with cognac or rye whiskey, with the addition of a little sugar, bitters, and an absinthe rinse. It’s a bruiser, but absolutely delicious! Although this appears to be a very simple cocktail, it takes a great amount of skill to make one perfectly. I enjoy Sazeracs most during the winter months, snuggling up with a sweetie.
Bravotv.com: If you were any cocktail, what would it be?
LN: A classic gin martini, which is strong, sexy, and timeless.
Bravotv.com: We're first introduced to you as Nina's friend, but how do you two know each other?
LN: Nina and I met through overlapping social circles in Los Angeles. I connected with her immediately. She’s real, she works very hard, and her passion for food comes alive in her cooking. Nina and I share similar views on how we eat as a society. I was raised macrobiotic and had very progressive i.e. “hippy dippy” parents that taught me to be conscious of what I put in my body. I was fortunate enough to have a mother who worked on biodynamic farms, owned an all-natural bakery, and always kept a garden, out of which we ate multiple meals each week from its yield. With heart disease, obesity and many other food related epidemics taking a strangle hold on our nation, it’s people like Nina who are making a difference. I try and surround myself with aware and positive people like her.
I'm sorry. I couldn't bear to watch this show. If there is one thing I hate it's pretentiousness! You chicks oozed it! Bravo, this was a real dud!
Hi Lindsay! You did the right thing in the last episode by calling Kat on her unacceptable behavior. She has been getting away with being unprofessional the entire season and it was about time somebody called her out on her antics. I was shocked to see nobody else backed you up. Keep up the great work!
Amused by your comment about being used to women hating on women. Pot? Kettle? You are rude and justify your bad manners with this blog. Maybe your mom should have spent as much time on your attitude as your diet. Jess was unprofessional terminating your business relationship like that but you were snarky, rude and nasty as her guest.
She is like Faye from RHWBH. No one likes her or understands why she is on the show or has a feature on the blog, because she is not in the cast.
SandraDDD Faye and Marissa were both "auditioning" for Taylor and Adrienne's spots like how Lindsay is "auditioning"
Can they kick Brenda off the cast and replace her with Lindsey?? Oh wait, while they're at it, can they kick Kat and that wannabe pipsqueak off the show as well? After the first two episodes, I was enjoying this show. It was light, fun, with just a tad bit of reality drama (ie, Brenda making an ass of herself, by constantly needing to criticize how Kat makes an ass of herself). Then, it spiraled down during the girls trip. Just TOO much cattiness!! I mean, it's like the 3rd season of a real housewives show after 4 episodes?? Too much negativity!!!
Hence, why I like Lindsey, Waylann and Nina. They're all wondering why there's so much need to be upset and I agree. Life's too short to constantly be catty and fake. It sucks the life out of you and there's just no need to surround yourself with miserable people.
I personally really like Lindsey. She is confident about who she is and it shows and other women don't like it because most women are insecure and intimidated by self assured women. Notice how all the insecure women on this show try to over compensate with fake valley girl accents, talk about weight, constantly talk shit about their "friends" on national television, threaten that they could destroy a person's reputation REPEATEDLY when they don't even cook a damn thing in their professional lives??? I mean, GET THEM OFF THE SHOW ALREADY!!!
And lastly, Lindsey was could've been more upfront with that pipsqueak girl about how she read the situation, since it was a business deal, but overall I think she handled it well. People dumb down arts and craftsmenship and expect that you can produce something that is a quick fix for a cheap price. You could tell by the filming of Fuku Burger and the little the immaturity and datedness of Jess's actions and responses that they were not in the same league of food (ie, Fuku Burger - average burger joint, Jess's white trash to pick your own food and eat it comments and wanting 5 shitty cocktails for instant money). Was this girl even Harry Morton's right hand? Or was that an exaggeration the ENTIRE time.
Anyways, GO Lindsey, Waylann and Nina. Could care less about the other three.
I say liar liar pants on fire. I have a feeling you did mention to Brenda's boss, probably meaning no harm. If I were accused of this on national television, I would have her boss stating what happened infront of her. Gotta say, Im not a Brenda fan however!
Lindsay, you should also now add Kat and your viewers to the list of "conflicts with". You are a snarky little thing aren't you? Always stirring the pot HA... and starting conflict with the other women.
@Jettybaby and now she admits to calling Brenda's boss, which shows me all along she doesn't intend to stay out of Brenda's working life....
Vthom Jettybaby I would call my friend if I was Lindsay too. She is trying to figure out why she is involved in Brenda's work manner. She only called after Brenda screamed at her.
Shut the front door!!! You are Demetri Marick's daughter!!!!!! I was raised on All My Children!! I won't gush too much on your dad but this is pretty awesome!
I enjoy you on this show. Although a bit catty at times (my add fuel to Nina's fire about Kat's text?) you seem mostly positive and progressive. I have also been incredibly in how to make some proper classic cocktails (yes, I'm a Mad Men watcher) so I'd love to see you in action.
is lindsay "moderniste"? frankly, i think she is the least interesting part of the show and should be cut from it. pretty icky to have that first softball question be an opportunity for an extended resume. i don't care for brenda's outspoken criticism of the other women but happen to agree with her re lindsay. overpriced, unprepared, uninteresting, and not worth it. isn't there someone fun in the bar world to add to this mix?
Watching you, Waylynn and Nina is a pleasure. You champion each other and show professionalism and that you are human. The others are too wrapped up in either negativity or insecurities. Bravo Lindsay and it would be nice to see more of the three of you to show how strong, professional women can make their way in a difficult profession and not be petty with each other but support each other. Bravo to the 3 of you.
A woman who is strong, smart, honest, talented, independent and doesn't take crap from anyone.....thank you for being you! I think you could actually teach a class on how not to fall into the lame pitfalls that women tend to do.
Yes, she, Waylynn and Nina are the antithesis of Brenda, Kat and Jessica. It is too bad we can't showcase women like the former and have to be subjected to the pettiness of the latter.