Kristel Poole earned her degree in English and Studio Art from the University of Virginia. It was there, in Charlottesville, VA, that she was seduced by the world of craft beer, wine and spirits, and that her passion for food and cooking was sparked. Kristel works as a food and beverage stylist, photographer, food and lifestyle writer, and recipe developer. She has been published in at least 8 countries worldwide and has had the pleasure of judging cocktail categories in competitions. Kristel often works with restaurants to redefine wine/beer menu selections as well as rebrand their marketing presence; her web and graphic design work can be found throughout the region. She is also on the core strategy and events team at Modern Gentleman and you can find her "cooking with craft beer" recipes at VirginiaCraftBrews.org.