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New Orleans, LA. All rights reserved.
KNOW YOUR BOUNDARIES. Always drink responsibly.
Lawyer by day and fledgling moonshiner by night, Sal launched Seven Three with his wife, Eileen Bivalacqua, in pursuit of a singular vision — to make distinctive distilled spirits that celebrate New Orleans while teaching others about this beautiful city’s past and present. On any given day, that can find him sweeping and mopping, working with distiller Erik Morningstar to plan the growing spirits lineup, hitting the road to visit retail, bar and restaurant partners, or developing a distillery experience that will delight locals and visitors alike.
Sal was born at Baptist Hospital in New Orleans and earned his law degree from Tulane University. He appreciates the comradery among competitors in the spirits industry, a reflection of his favorite thing about New Orleans: the people and their unmistakable joie de vivre. When not under direct orders from wife Eileen, his boss at Seven Three, Sal is probably pestering local bartenders about any bottles he doesn’t recognize, or asking them to craft him an Old Fashioned or Gentilly Gin with a dash of citrus bitters, an olive and a twist.
Eileen leapt headlong into launching Seven Three with her husband, Sal, in 2015. As the distillery’s official “Boss Lady,” she applies her formidable skills at managing people and organizing operations to keep the distillery running smoothly. She’s also Seven Three’s main point of contact and brand ambassador in New Orleans and beyond — duties that have allowed her to meet interesting and unique people across the spirit industry.
The child of parents who immigrated from the Azores Islands, Eileen piloted an ancient Honda from New Hampshire to New Orleans in 1999. She never looked back. After earning an MFA degree in arts administration from UNO, she worked from 2004 to 2011 as an artists’ rep and gallery manager, then switched gears and took a job at then-boyfriend, now-husband Sal’s law firm, where she still puts in a little time. When she's not managing the distillery or the law firm, you can find Eileen dancing to live music, and she's probably sipping a Gentilly Gin on the rocks with a twist.
The creative force behind Seven Three Distilling, Erik sources locally farmed ingredients, creates new recipes and mash bills, and oversees all aspects of production. He joined our team after a successful tenure at Two James Spirits in Detroit, where he produced a full line of award-winning whiskeys and gins. Erik trained under Dave Pickerell, former master distiller at Maker’s Mark, and has a penchant for marrying time-honored distilling techniques with esoteric and experimental processes. He aims to create nuanced spirits that are traditional, yet unexpected — much like the city that Seven Three celebrates. Right out of the gate, his Irish Channel Whiskey won Best of Class and Best of Category at the American Distilling Institute’s international spirits competition. True to his art background, Erik relishes working with the subtle details that distinguish an exceptional spirit.
Erik and his wife settled in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans and quickly fell in love with its close-knit sense of community, palpable history, and amazing food. He’s an avid paddler and designs and builds his own canoes and kayaks. When he’s not busy perfecting Seven Three’s next offering, you might find him sipping a Last Word or Boulevardier.
Tristan came on in the early days of Seven Three - shortly after the distillery opened its doors - and has been thrilled to be on the wild ascent the brand has seen since then. Day to day, you can find him overseeing operations at the distillery, coordinating events and donations, supplying the gift shop, and offering invaluable feedback while sampling spirits and cocktails alike. If there’s something he loves the most, it’s that no two days are ever the same. No danger of that with such a rapidly expanding brand!
Tristan is quite literally marrying into New Orleans. His fiance, Margaret, grew up Uptown, before drawing him in from the midwest. They are proud residents of the Irish Channel, so much so they got engaged on the doorstep of Atchafalaya. In his spare time, you’re apt to find Tristan writing fiction at a cafe while enjoying ungodly quantities coffee & beignets, or headed off to the Broad or Prytania theaters to catch a movie. And most likely, there’s a Gentilly Gin & tonic not far from his side. Perks of the job.
Helen has worn many hats while working at the distillery: bartender, tour guide, bottler, limoncello maker but her favorite is her current role as Sales and Distribution Manager. She works as a liaison between our distributor, our off site clients such as bars and liquor stores and the community. On any given day you’ll find her tasting local bar managers on Seven Three’s delicious spirits, pouring samples at local events and festivals or maybe mixing a cocktail or two at the distillery’s bar.
She has worked in the service industry for almost 20 years in every roll imaginable; server, bartender, host, cook, corporate trainer, bar manager, general manager. She also spent some time in healthcare, most notably as a social worker at a nursing home for the mentally ill. She is originally from Colorado, where she spent the first 32 years of her life before deciding to follow her wanderlust. She traveled around the United States for several months, then relocated to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands for a year before finally settling in New Orleans - her favorite city - in May of 2017. When she’s not pouring delicious spirits for the masses, you’ll find her in one of the beautiful gardens or parks in New Orleans, record shopping or djing her own volunteer radio program.
Rose credits Gentilly Gin for her current role as Social Media Manager at Seven Three Distilling. Familiar with the distillery, she ordered a pour of Gentilly Gin on the rocks at a bar one night and fell in love with the depth and range of flavors. It didn’t take her long to apply for a position at Seven Three, and she now firmly believes that all good things come from gin.
In the mornings, you’ll find Rose moving around cocktails to get the perfect angle for an Instagram photo -- she runs the distillery’s Facebook and Instagram pages. As a former English major with a passion for research, writing, and art, she feels lucky to get to share her obsession with Seven Three’s spirits with visitors from all across the world.
An avid traveler in her younger years, Rose believed she’d always follow her wanderlust. But then she hit New Orleans. She fell in love with the city and now considers “traveling” to be finding a new bar. She has been here for four happy years.
When Rose isn’t at work, you can find her wandering around her neighborhood with her beloved pittbull, shooting photographs of the city, or researching the biographies of dead poets. Ideally, she has her old friend -- Gentilly Gin on the rocks -- close to hand.
A nomad to the core, Nicole grew up as an army brat and then pursued missionary work after college. Nevertheless, she longed for a “home”. Her missionary work sent her to south Louisiana, and she immediately fell in love with the people and culture. After missionary work, she had choices to make: where do I live and what do I do? With a background in hospitality and a love for Louisiana, she knew the Big Easy was the only place for her. When she went on the hunt for a job, she quickly discovered that craft distilleries would be a new and exciting venture. Seven Three's sense of place attracted her right away, and she stepped into her role as Guest Experience Manager at the distillery. Most days, you can find Nicole leading locals and visitors through the distillery, coordinating private tours and upcoming events, and brainstorming ideas about creating quality experiences for each person who steps through the doors.
Nicole’s favorite Seven Three spirit is the Barrel-Reserve Gin. She loves its beautiful floral, citrus, and spice notes next to the layers of oak and vanilla. That said, she can never turn down a classic daiquiri with Black Pearl Rum.
When Nicole isn’t running around the distillery, she spends her time following new live music around the city, searching for the perfect cocktail, or exploring the diverse food culture in New Orleans. After living in cities all across the world, she's proud to call New Orleans home.
Badaweyah has always been fascinated by spirits. She spent most of her life in New York City, where cocktails, spirits, and macerations were the only tools on the playground for Badaweyah to play with. When she wasn't honing her alchemy skills in New York City, Badaweyah traveled and lived in North Africa, the Mediterranean, and France. Her travels allowed her to collect unique and flavorful experiences that lend international profiles to her cocktail programs. Most recently, she spent two years as the bar manager at a distillery in Michigan before bringing her experience in creating delicious liqueurs, spunky bitters, and exotic elixirs to the tasting room at Seven Three Distilling.
Nothing can keep Badaweyah from her true family roots of bootleggers and alchemists. Born taking the stage as an actress and singer, she is also a published poet and Bedouin seeker. Badaweyah loves finding the unusual and the creative in everything she does.
When Badaweyah isn't managing the bar and cocktail program at Seven Three, you can catch her dancing up a storm at any place with a unique groove or tucked in some corner bar professing her love for music...with a nice rye in hand, of course!
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