We had the good fortune of connecting with Sabrina Minks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sabrina, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
As two women working in hospitality and events for a shared period of time of decades of experience, we had a shared realization that we were putting so much of ourselves into the visions of others. Our business Sunset Boulevardier was conceived by Danielle Motor and myself after a combined experience of creatively contributing to cocktail menus at some of Los Angeles’ most esteemed venues, as well as our combined work in the events and entertainment world in Los Angeles. Both of us being creative minded, realized that in lieu of being paid a small fraction of what we contributed, we could create this world for ourselves and the artists and people we love and admire. In other words, we could utilize our vision and passions to create something that belonged to a world we were excited about.
What should our readers know about your business?
Sunset Boulevardier is an events production, bespoke cocktail and consulting company that has a penchant for developing creative and immersive experiences.By sourcing unique talent and integrating educational, hands on experiences (much like an old fashioned salon), we tie in a variety of performative, olfactory, visual, tangible, educational and transportational elements to fit to the theme of an all encompassing and memorable event.Focusing on our ability to create thematic and art driven concepts concentrated on the overall experience and human interactions, guests leave having experienced something that truly transports them to an unfamiliar yet somehow derivative place.Founders Danielle Motor and Sabrina Minks have consulted on cocktail menus, and have done staff trainings at The Chateau Marmont, Petit Trois, The Hungry Cat and Gold Diggers. They have taught classes and done private events for Pali Hotels, BuzzFeed, Dita Von Teese, Michael Schmidt, Blondie, The Bacardi Portfolio, Walton Goggins, Pernod Ricard, Jennifer Coolidge, Sutton Foster, Elvira Mistress of the Dark and many others. We will be releasing their first book, a collection of cocktail recipes, portraits and short stories in the near future. Since Covid-19 hit, the events and consulting world has shut it’s doors and windows alike. We have been fortunate to find space in an online platform working with an events production company that costs team building workshops online for corporate events, and have been regularly teaching as our industry finds it’s home in this new climate.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Let’s pretend the world is as it was pre pandemic! Eat: Bestia, Jewel, Tam O Shanter, Mozza, Little Doms (for breakfast), Gingergrass, Baroo, Gjusto, Oriel, Daikokuya, Eszett, Hugo’s Tacos, Just What I Kneaded Drink: The Dresden, The NoMad, The Chateau Marmont, Crawfords, Covell, Hang out: Hike to the observatory, Joshua tree
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We are fortunately enough to have built our careers in the hospitality industry. An industry that is now at a loss of words or thought as to where or how it can thrive in this new world. The individuals we have independently worked with over the years have each left a mark through their distinct passions, art, grace, support and honesty. We are both so grateful to have worked with a community as rich and giving as the hospitality world has allowed. That being said, my partner and I each have our mentors and our rocks. In recent years, Gianna Johns, an embodiment of hospitality, has inspired us both creatively and through our craft in the cocktail world and has contributed greatly to our growth as both a cheerleader of our successes, and an avid supporter of our failures as well as a liason connecting us with opportunities and giving advice as needed. A few other personal mentors include Gabrielle Hamilton, Mindy Segal, Seulgi Burns, Carolynn Spence and Una Green. These women encompass bravery and force in their careers and friendships that remain unparalleled and inspiring.