Photo by   Andy Sheffield

This journey has been in motion for over a decade but it hit full throttle in Los Angeles where Rachael worked her way up through the hospitality industry and became the Captain and Expeditor at Chef Curtis Stones’ restaurant, Gwen. There she grew her understanding of upscale dining and was humbled as the 2018 Employee of the Year.

Following that, she ascended into the field of wine which led her to relocate back home to New York City where she attended The American Sommelier Association. She completed her first course and exam through The Court of Master Sommeliers of America in the summer of 2018 and aspires to pursue a diploma through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

With 12 years of restaurant and hospitality experience, she is now honing her skills on the finer side of things with a particular passion for wine and how that impacts a guests dining experience. Rachael is the Service Manager and Sommelier at the new upscale Peruvian-Japanese restaurant in Manhattan, Llama San, by acclaimed chef-owner Erik Ramirez and partner Juan Correa.

Her husband continues his skills as a chef, previously working in Los Angeles at the award winning fine dining restaurant, Maude. He is currently working in the same restaurant family and together they plan to travel the planet to work, taste, sip, learn and experience the ever changing world of food and beverages.

 

Rachael is a mental health advocate and social activist. She is a suicide survivor and diagnosed with Bipolar 1 and Borderline Personality Disorder.

Previously the Social Media Chair of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Rachael learned a lot about her community and spread the love and support to those affected by suicide. She also fundraises for the National Alliance on Mental Illnes (NAMI).

She first shared her story publicly at a Survivor Day event put on by the AFSP North New Jersey Chapter in hopes to raise awareness and understanding of what it is to be a suicide survivor and diagnosed with a mental illness. She continues to pursue public speaking in a way to further this cause.

 

Rachael advocates for alternative psychedelic medicine. She supports the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.

She was interviewed by Paul Austin for The Third Wave, an organization that has a mission to change the way in which mainstream culture perceives psychedelic substances. You can listen to their podcast "Treating Bipolar Disorder with Psychedelicshere.

 

A passionate writer, Rachael has published articles at sites such as SimplySxy and AVN. She has accomplished her first written piece of erotic fiction which has been published by Start Midnight LLC in the book Asarotica, curated and edited by Asa Akira. It's available to order online from Barnes & Noble here.

She is a vehement advocate for sex worker and women’s rights.

Also, continuously working on her first book which she has hopes in mixing memoir and poetry to tell her life story.

Rachael wants to highlight that although life will always have to be handled on a day by day basis, it is possible and there is a higher plain of existence.