Meet the Team

Wine Sommelier, AKA ‘Cork Dork'

Mathew Weston has served as Resort Beverage Manager since 2008 and is responsible for everything that gets popped, poured or requires ice. He writes and manages the restaurant and banquet wine lists, runs training seminars for all service staff and particularly enjoys assisting guests in selecting wines and beverages for events.

Wine Sommelier, Mathew Weston

Wine Sommelier, Mathew Weston

Mixologist Consultant, Kim Haasarud

Mixologist Consultant, Kim Haasarud

Matthew Weston joined T. Cook's as a server in 1997 with a passion for food and wine, and worked his way up to Restaurant Manager. His beverage team has repeatedly earned the AAA Four Diamond Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

During his tenure at T. Cook's, Weston became a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Specialist of Wine by the Society of Wine Educators. He says, "When you dine at T. Cook's, I want you to taste the flavors of the world. I love it when I can introduce guests to a new flavor, perhaps a new favorite." After all, according to Matt Weston, "life is too short to drink the same wine."

Kim Haasarud is a James Beard-honored mixologist and author. She conceives her signature cocktails just as any serious chef would create a specialty dish, taking inspiration from market-fresh, high quality ingredients. "Cocktails, like food, should be culinary experiences," says Haasarud. "It is about combining ingredients to create a sensation on the palate and entice all the senses with a combination of flavors, textures, aromas, and garnishes." You won't find the standard Cosmopolitan or mix-based Margarita on Haasarud's ever-changing bar card. Instead, depending on the occasion or the season, she might shake up Martini infusing teas with fresh muddled fruits, or concoct a Margarita with ripe kumquats or Mexican chocolate.

Her cocktails can be seen in hundreds of magazines and newspapers including: Wall Street Journal, NY Times, NY Daily News, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Saveur, Food Arts, Vogue, SELF, Vibe, Wine Enthusiast, Maxim, Lucky, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Associated Press and on various radio programs including, "Martha Stewart's "Everyday Food", "Cosmo Radio", Good Food" with Evan Kleiman, and ABC & CNN Radio syndicate to name just a few. Most recently, she has been seen on the "TODAY" show, "Sonoran Living", "Fox & Friends", "CBS Early Morning Show", "Montel Williams Show", and Plum TV. She has also been featured at the Aspen Food & Wine festival (each year since '06) and served as a guest judge on Iron Chef America for The Food Network. She is currently writing a monthly column for Redbook Magazine called "Mommy Mixologist."

Kim has written a best-selling cocktail series with Wiley & Sons (101 Margaritas , 101 Martinis , 101 Sangrias & Pitcher drinks, 101 Champagne Cocktails, 101 Blender Drinks & 101 Mojitos and other Muddled Drinks). She is an officer in the US Bartenders Guild and a member of Slow Food USA.


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