The Team

THE TEAM

At RVD, we consider ourselves the ultimate ambassadors for our clients – we take it upon ourselves to explore every inch of the ever-changing New York hospitality scene. Whether it’s a hole in the wall cocktail bar in Bushwick, a patisserie on the Upper West Side, a shuffle board club in Gowanus or a chic hotel in the West Village, we’ll take it all in and report back.

"I forever want to arrive somewhere hungry and thirsty and tired and be taken care of as he took care of us." - Gabrielle Hamilton (Blood, Bones & Butter)

ABOUT RACHEL

A PR powerhouse with an impressive client history, Rachel Van Dolsen was mentored by the best in the business at LaForce + Stevens and Nike Communications. While in the agency setting, she was instrumental in securing press, planning events and raising the public profile of luxury hospitality brand; a few of her notable clients included Belvedere, Veuve Clicquot, Cointreau and others.

As her family and friends will attest, Rachel has a gift for storytelling. Sometimes this trait gets her into trouble, like in seventh grade when her report card boasted six "excessive talking" comments; however, since launching RVD, Rachel has had the pleasure of using her powers for good – helping entrepreneurs tell their stories, reach a wider audience and build loyal brand followings. In 2017, she was featured in Brooklyn Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture" issue.

Rachel has degrees from the University of Virginia (BA English Literature, BA History of Art) and The New School for Social Research (MA Liberal Studies). She lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her boyfriend, rescue pup and piles of hats.

You can email Rachel at rvd@rachelvandolsen.com.


Rachel Van Dolsen

Born and Raised: Rye, NY

Current Home: Brooklyn, NY

Film: Raising Arizona

Book: Light Years by James Salter (always) Sweetbiter by Stephanie Danler (right now)

Blog: Munchies and Daily Shouts

Food: Hot fried eggplant at Rider

Bar Order: Dirty Ketel One martini at [anywhere]

Ultimate Pizza Topping: The Moonstruck from &pizza –mushroom truffle, garlic ricotta, mozzarella, mushroom, grilled onion, goat cheese, fig balsamic.

 

Kendra Borowski

Born and Raised: Nashua, NH

Current Home: Brooklyn, NY

Film: The Life Aquatic

Book: Heat by Bill Buford

Blog: The Salt

Food: Three-way tie between soup dumplings, littleneck clams and cheeseburgers

Bar Order: Sazerac

Ultimate Pizza Topping: Sausage and caramelized onions

 

Jackson Carpenter

Born and Raised: Park City, UT

Current Home: Brooklyn, NY

Film:  No Country for Old Men

Book: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Blog: At the risk of revealing what a nerd I am, I have to confess that tribality.com is my go-to time waster.

Food: Bison Ribeye

Bar Order: Saphire & Soda

Ultimate Pizza Topping: Can anything beat a white pizza with big dollops of warm ricotta?

 

 

Jennie Snyder

Born and Raised: Philadelphia 

Current Home: Great question...TBD

Film: Good Will Hunting 

Book: Milk + Honey by Rupi Kaur (always), Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (right now)

Blog: hungrygrls (shameless plug) 

Food: All the sushi. Also, I'm a firm believer/participant in Ice Cream Sundays.

Bar Order: Mezcal on the rocks with lime. 

Ultimate Pizza Topping: Burrata, Tomato Sauce + Fresh Basil 

 

Mindi Sachs

Born and Raised: West Bloomfield, MI

Current Home: Brooklyn, NY

Film: Just Go With It

Book: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Blog: Infatuation (food) + They All Hate Us (fashion)

Food: Spicy tuna salad from Kabuki & anything that contains butter, cheese and/or bacon

Bar Order: Extra dirty vodka martini

Ultimate Pizza Topping: Pepperoni and buttermilk ranch drizzle 

 

 

Gabrielle Pedriani

Born and Raised: Born in Paris, raised in Wisconsin 

Current Home: New York City (East Village) 

Film: The Lord of the Rings - don't ask me to choose between the 3, or do, and I won't answer

Book: Stargirl (it's meant for 12-year-old girls, but I feel it caters to my inner child / lingering immaturity)

Blog: Do Instagram captions count as a blog? If so, @boyinquestion takes the proverbial cake. 

Food: Watermelon & peanut butter. Not together, though.....I have some ideas

Bar Order: Tequila soda when I'm trying to be that cool chill girl who doesn't flinch at bad alcohol and "whatever you think is cool" at the bars that are worth acknowledging the bartender's notion of cool.

Ultimate Pizza Topping: Olives, onions & brussels sprouts. I'm weird. So sue me. (Hah but like don't though really rent is not cheap)

 

Molly Takemoto

Born and Raised: Bethesda, MD

Current Home: Upper East Side

Film: The Godfather (Part II !)

Book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Blog: BLDG25

Food: Oyako Donburi...with all of the takuan on the side!

Bar Order: Whiskey Sour

Ultimate Pizza Topping: I could eat the Aglietta pizza from Luzzo's BK for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight snack! Fresh mozz, parm, red sauce, chunks of roasted garlic, and spicy olive oil.

 

 

Brianna Quaglia

Born and Raised: Born in Torrance, CA, raised outside of Syracuse, NY

Current Home: Bushwick, Brooklyn

Film: Scott Pilgrim vs The World (but a few of my friends would tell you its White Christmas... they're liars)

Book: A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea

Blog: Taste the Style

Food: Pizza, but I could eat tacos every day of my life

Bar Order: Pretty much anything with Mezcal

Ultimate Pizza Topping: banana peppers and the tarragon ranch from Emmy Squared

 

Chelsea Newson

Born and Raised: San Diego, CA

Current Home: Brooklyn, NY

Film: The Great Beauty

Book: The Tenth of December by George Saunders

Blog: Civil Eats

Food: Tacos

Bar Order: A gin & tonic, or a negroni if I'm feeling fancy

Ultimate Pizza Topping: I'll eat figs on anything, especially pizza

 

 

Asia Coladner

Born: Maebashi, Japan

Raised and Current Home: Brooklyn, NY

Film: Whiplash

Book: Let the Great World Spin by Collum McCann

Blog: my name is yeh and The Dogist

Food: Bucatini with cherry tomatoes, garlic, capers, olive oil, basil, and a mountain of Pecorino Romano

Bar Order: Vodka soda, splash of grapefruit

Ultimate Pizza Topping: Soppressata and hot honey 

 

 

 

Kaylee Dopkins

Born and Raised: Long Island, NY

Current Home: East Village, NY

Film: The Big Lebowski

Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (basic, I know)

Blog: The New Lo Fi (Music) + Hint of Vanilla (Sweets) 

Food: Meditteranean mezze + grilled pita

Bar Order: Sake

Ultimate Pizza Topping: Apple, bacon, blue cheese

 

Taylor Tobin

Born and Raised:  Born in Framingham, MA and raised in Madison, CT

Current Home: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Film: "The Graduate"'s gotta be my all-time favorite. It also has the best. Soundtrack. EVER.

Book: Just Kids, by Patti Smith

Blog: Brokelyn, because I'm a cheapskate who's convinced that Brooklyn is the greatest place on the planet.

Food: I would eat Mexican food for every meal, if I could. 

Bar Order: Old-Fashioned

Ultimate Pizza Topping: Italian sausage on the pie, Mike's Hot Honey on the crust.

 

Laura Pucillo

Born and Raised: Northport, New York

Current Home: Northport, New York

Film: It's a tie between Goodfellas and The Bird Cage

Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Blog: Brunch Boys

Food: Ice Cream

Bar Order: Bourbon Sour, with Maker's Mark

Ultimate Pizza Topping: Classic margarita with balsamic drizzle, I could eat the whole pie

 

 

Emily Present

Born and Raised: Upper East Side, NY

Current Home: Brooklyn, NY

Film: Before Sunrise, Richard Linklater 

Book: How Should a Person Be, Sheila Heti 

Blog: EATER NY & Culture Desk (New Yorker)

Food: Whole wheat everything bagel with whitefish 

Bar Order: Dirty vodka martini 

Ultimate Pizza Topping:  The Emily @ Emily Pizza-- mozzarella, pistachios, truffle sottocenere, honey

 

 

Angela Pizzimenti

Born and Raised: Chicago born + South Florida raised

Current Home: Brooklyn, NY

Film: Life Is Beautiful

Book: The Great Gatsby 

Blog: Smitten Kitchen

Food: Any and all pasta

Bar Order: Negroni

Ultimate Pizza Topping: Spinach, sausage and an obscene amount of red pepper flakes

 

 

Emily Urba

Born and Raised: Kinnelon, New Jersey

Current Home: New Jersey/NYC Couchsurfing Nomad

Film: Garden State (Zach Braff forever <3)

Book: Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Blog: Eat This Poem + The Jamwich

Food: Tofu Pad Thai

Bar Order: GIN...[+tonic]

Ultimate Pizza Topping: If loving pineapple pizza is wrong then I don't want to be right!! Also arugula.

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