Kristy Boatwright Johnston is the product of the small town of Monroeville, Alabama. She is the daughter of a farmer who was raised riding horses and picking crops from the family garden. Her grandmother was an accomplished cook who could produce great southern dishes from savory to pastry, all from scratch. Kristy credits her grandmother with passing down her love of cooking and hospitality. She says, “I found a love for the food industry early on, being surrounded by fresh food from the garden, the southern delight of a grandmother and the joy all of this brought to our family gatherings. “
After high school, she attended Auburn University where she received a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. She is also a certified sommelier attaining the Court of Masters Sommelier certification. In 2015, she started her studies with the Court of Masters Sommelier and completed the second level, certified sommelier. Kristy appreciates that wine takes one on a journey, one of great travel, understanding of land, geography and the experiences the grapes go through on any given year. She says it is a great way to see the world through wine. Kristy’s true passion is for wine and for the sheer joy of discovering all she can about wine even as she realizes she will never finish learning. Wine is always changing and constantly evolving. This year, Edward's received the Wine Spectator Award, which is a huge accomplishment.
Her work experience includes stints as Front of House Manager of Café Ponte in Clearwater Florida where she received her first Wine Spectator Award, General Manager at Tastings in St. Petersburg and wine representative for Johnson Brothers in Tampa Florida. Moving closer to 30 A, Kristy has served as the lead server and trainer at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach and currently is the General Manager of Edwards Fine Food and Wine.
On a personal note, Kristy has a 6-month-old beautiful baby girl named Ava who has her heart and her attention. She and her husband love to travel, especially to Oregon to tour wineries and enjoy the beautiful scenic waterfalls and coast. She loves attending concerts and football games, both college and pro. All these experiences and interests make for a well-rounded manager for Edwards Fine Food and Wine.
Angela Michelle Poe has been surrounded by the restaurant business for most of her life. Her mother and stepfather have a restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee and her father and stepmother have managed and worked in corporate restaurants for most of her life. Angela was raised on the border of Kentucky and Tennessee and after high school in Hopkinsville, she attained an Associate of Arts degree at Hopkinsville Community College. Then, she moved to Nashville to attend the Art Institute where she received a culinary diploma.
Angela became interested in cooking while in high school. She credits her mother with being an amazing cook and says she became an inspiration. Angela says, “I never really appreciated her skills until I was older and started eating dinner at my friends’ houses or trying to cook meals for myself. I picked up an issue of “Gourmet” magazine my sophomore year and began trying to replicate the dishes in the magazine.” It was then that she began to work in restaurants, both back and front of the house. Angela’s experience has been varied and taken her into some of the best restaurants in Nashville. She started as a line cook at the Nashville City Club, moving to Lead Cook at Lime in downtown Nashville. Later she became a line cook at Water’s Edge and subsequently, at Volare. After serving as Lead Cook at Ravello, again in Nashville, Angela headed south. Since 2012, she has been the Sous Chef and now Head Chef of Edward’s Fine Food and Wine.
Angela / Head Chef
Angela’s philosophy of food preparation is that simple, comforting food with straight forward flavors results in a superior dining experience. Balance and restraint when trying to highlight a great local product are key to a good dish. She is grateful to have worked with Chef Ed Reese at Edwards Fine Food and Wine for the past five years and thanks him for his interest in making her a great chef.
Outside of cooking, Angela loves to spend time with husband, Tim, and their fur babies. She enjoys reading books, watching movies, and trying new restaurants. She is always learning and Edward’s Fine Food and Wine is all the better for it.