Carlie Steiner is the Co-Owner and Beverage Director of Himitsu. Upon receiving a BPS in Culinary Arts Management from the Culinary Institute of America, she launched her career in Washington DC. Carlie helped open Barmini by José Andrés, where she fell in love with all things cocktail. She started Stir Bartending Company in January 2014 to create customized cocktail experiences for high profile events, and continues this work as a beverage consultant to some of DC’s favorite restaurants. Carlie and her business partner Kevin Tien opened Himitsu in the fall of 2016 to pair Japanese-inspired dishes with thoughtful and inventive cocktails, sherry + skin-contact and natural wines. She is motivated by creating unforgettable experiences for her guests as well as acting as a incubator for back-of-house and front-of-house professionals who want to expand their knowledge on the food and beverage world. Carlie strives to make a difference by not shying from social decisions as a business owner but rather embracing them and feeling good about her business practices. Carlie accolades include Thrillist Bartender of the Year in 2016, Forbes national 30 under 30 2017, Zagat’s first ever 30 Under 30 National recognition 2017, 2017 Bon Appetit “Best Restaurants in America” Top 50 Finalist and 2017 Eater “12 Best New Restaurants in America”, Eater DC Restaurant of the Year 2017.
Chef Kevin Tien
Kevin got his start in the kitchen as a teen, working in his parents’ restaurant. While his beginnings may be humble, he found his passion for cooking and went on to work with some of the best chefs in the country, including James Beard Award-winning Tyson Cole, Aaron Silverman, and Jose Andres. Last year, Kevin opened Himitsu and within just two months was nominated for a James Beard Award. His cuisine is Japanese-inspired, as well as infused with his Vietnamese heritage, creating loud, exciting flavors with expert technique. His accolades include 2017 & 2018 James Beard Foundation “Rising Star Chef” semi-finalist, 2017 Bon Appetit “Best Restaurants in America” Top 50 Finalist and 2017 Eater “12 Best New Restaurants in America”, Eater DC Restaurant of the Year 2017.