Born in Los Angeles and raised on the Northern Neck of Virginia, Kristel Poole is a multimedia creative professional with an appetite for fresh oysters and fine wines. She earned her editorial chops and artistic au jus at the University of Virginia (BA, 2005) and her Introductory level sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers (2016). Kristel is a writer, photographer, event planner, graphic designer, content strategist, editor and restaurant industry professional. She manages operations for the Modern Gentleman team, where she leads efforts in event planning, content development, branding, communications and strategy.
Despite her work being published internationally, her proudest moments usually involve serving perfectly poached eggs to impressed brunch guests. She has crafted beverage programs, wine menus, staff training, event programs, and management strategies for award-winning Richmond-area restaurants, including a AAA Four Diamond establishment. Kristel has worked as a brand ambassador in the food and beverage and beauty industries, and developed food and beverage recipes for local, national and international brands and publications. Kristel’s event planning background includes events ranging from intimate garden party bridal showers to large formal banquets and fundraisers, and she recently launched CHEERS!, her series of beverage-focused consulting services.
Kristel brings her creative and energetic spirit, extensive food and wine industry knowledge, and charismatic leadership capabilities to any situation. She doesn’t believe in settling for “good enough” and knows her calling is to help others achieve the greatness they deserve. As the Richmond Times-Dispatch succinctly put it, Kristel Poole “is simply passionate about life.” Her clients believe the effect is contagious.
Kristel lives in the downtown arts district of Richmond, VA. If she’s not pouring vino or planning the next big MG venture to unite local restaurateurs with seasoned farmers, you’ll find her in the kitchen with a bottle of Blanton’s. She’ll probably have a cooking tip or a tidbit of cocktail knowledge to share if you’re willing to listen, but don’t worry, she’ll always offer you the drink first.
Kristel has worked with
Kristel or her work has appeared in
Contributing Writer | Virginia Craft Brews Publication (2014 – present)
Contributing Editor and Marketing Strategist | Modern Gentleman (2015 – present)
Blog Editor | Everyday Good Thinking by Hamilton Beach (2013-2015)
PRSA Lunch Recap: The Future of Blogging | Big Spoon Agency (2015)
Eat the Summer: 7 Non-Boring Ways to Use that Farmers Market Haul | RVA News (2015)
Talking RVA Food with RVA Food Bloggers | The Cheats Movement (2013)
5 Questions with a Foodie: Kristel Poole | Richmond Times-Dispatch/Richmond.com (2011)
Man v. Food v. Richmond | RVA News (2010)
Email: Kristel@kristelpoole.com | Phone: (804) 432-4970
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Certifications and Memberships
Sommelier (Level 1) | Guild of Sommeliers
North American Guild of Beer Writers
University of Virginia Alumni Association
UVA Club of Richmond | Virginia Athletics Foundation
Sigma Kappa (Theta Zeta) House Corporation Board and Advisory Board
Museum Park Association Board of Directors