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

 

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 

 

 

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.

 

Paige Garrett

Born and Raised: Morristown, NJ 

Current Home: Murray Hill, NYC 

Film: Pixar's UP (gets me every time)

Book: The Great Gatsby (always) & You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero (currently) 

Blog: Shut the Kale Up (IG) for when I'm feeling healthy, NYC Dining/Dining with Skyler (IG) for when I'm feeling naughty 

Food: the Blue Crab handroll from KazuNori/Sugar Fish - I could eat 12 in one sitting! 

Bar Order: Blanco Tequila on the rocks with 3 limes 

Ultimate Pizza Topping: BURRATA!  If you are ever in Toronto, the Burrata pizza from Buca Yorkville is my fav - pure perfection! 

 

Gwen Rosen

Born and Raised: Long Island, NY

Current Home: East Village, NY 

Film: Clueless + Inglourious Basterds 

Book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt + Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay 

Blog: Girlboss + @sugarbearthebully 

Food: Breakfast all day every day: omelette with spinach, tomatoes, avocado and sharp cheddar cheese. Side of hash browns is mandatory. 

Bar Order: Sucker for a Moscow Mule 

Ultimate Pizza Topping: Prosciutto (and a gf crust!) 

 

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: Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro, soda, extra lemon

Ultimate Pizza Topping: Soppressata and hot honey 

 

 

 

Kelsey Panicco

Born and Raised: Pittsburgh, PA

Current Home: Bushwick, Brooklyn

Film: Spanglish

Book: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Blog: Egg Canvas

Food: Depends on my mood...

Bar Order:  Again, the mood thing: Extra Dirty Martini // Whiskey On The Rocks // Jalapeño Marg

Ultimate Pizza Topping: Truffles!

 

 

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.

 

 

Ariel Goltche

Born and Raised: Great Neck, NY

Current Home: Brooklyn, NY 

Film: Almost Famous + Lion

Book: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 

Blog: Design Milk + Feasting at Home

Food: I can eat Asian food all day every day. Or steak frites.

Bar Order: Jalapeño margarita 

Ultimate Pizza Topping: Burrata, mushrooms, caramelized onions, and extra crushed red pepper 

 

 

Caroline Ashcraft

Born and Raised: Manhattan born, Darien, Connecticut raised

Current Home: Upper West Side but eyeing Brooklyn 

Film: Anything with Matthew McConaughey (Sahara, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Interstellar)

Book: The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards or Harry Potter

Blog: Cookies and Cups for my sweet tooth, Half Baked Harvest for my health

Food: Any pasta (especially from Vapiano) or pork tacos with cotija cheese and charred pineapple

Bar Order: Mojitos, rum & pineapples, or cider... basically anything delicious because I'm a wimp

Ultimate Pizza Topping: I can eat an entire pepperoni and black olive thin crust pizza from Dominos in record breaking time 

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