Thomas Griffin Began his time at The Montford Rooftop Bar in April of 2017. Since joining, the team Griffin has helped elevate the food program at The Montford Rooftop Bar.Show More
Griffin Moved to Asheville in 2010 and fell in love with the local food scene. Griffin has been part of multiple successful culinary teams since arriving in 2010. After 2 years as a line cook at Storm Rhum Bar, Griffin earner the position of the opening Chef de Cuisine at MG Road. In 2013 Griffin took the Sous Chef position at Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian, and in 2014 he joined the culinary team at the Omni Grove Park Inn where he worked side by side with Philip Bollhoefer where they began their culinary partnership.
Born in Washington, D.C., Montford Sous Chef Thomas Griffin began cooking professionally at age 14, working summers at a German restaurant in Newport News, Virginia. Always called to cooking, at age 18 Griffin moved to New York City to attend culinary school at the Institute for Culinary Education, with a focus on French cuisine and charcuterie. After interning under Chef Jimmy Bradley at the Red Cat in Chelsea, Thomas worked at several prominent Manhattan restaurants, including Town, Blue Smoke, and Brasserie.
Miranda Escalante began her time at The Montford Rooftop Bar in of July 2017 as Beverage Director. Escalante has been recognized for her cocktail creations, beer, and wine knowledge and customer service.Show More
Escalante has been in Asheville since 2004 when she moved to study Creative Writing. Escalante joined the Asheville food and beverage scene in 2008 at the iconic Grove Park Inn where she held many positions in multiple outlets from bartender to the General Manager at Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen, a new restaurant concept that she was instrumental in launching.
Opening a new restaurant allowed Escalante to utilize both her role as a bartender and manager in creative ways, focusing on the importance of service and training. During this time Escalante truly honed her passion for classic cocktails, North Carolina breweries, unique wine, and local ingredients. Ten years at the Omni Grove Park Inn helped to solidify the mentality that the best cocktails and memorable dining experiences come from passion, knowledge of spirits, and locally sourced ingredients.