Meet the Owners of Remedy Wine Bar
In short: Kyle was General Manager of Blue Hill Restaurant in NYC. Service Director and a Manager at Eleven Madison Park. The James Beard award was granted for best service after Kyle’s first year at EMP. Service Trainer and waiter at Union Square Cafe, and Sommelier, Service Director and Maitre d’ at Cafe Luxembourg.
Nancy’s story…a long and winding road best describes her journey. Starting with the early years as ballet dancer in Eliot Feld’s American Ballet Company, piano major at Suny Purchase and then finally discovering her voice (literally) and passion for opera with a degree in Vocal Studies at Manhattan School of Music. Twenty+ years of leading roles involved constant travel throughout Europe and the world, where she was lucky enough, not only to be singing some of the greatest roles in the operatic repertoire, but also to experience great cuisine, cheese and wine along the way! Is that the through-line to Remedy Wine Bar? Not so fast. After returning to NYC, she had the amazing fortune to meet her beautiful, young tenor, Kyle Frey. They were singing opposite each other in Verdi’s La Traviata. That’s Amore!!! Meanwhile, to support her artistic habit in a free-lance world, she began working at Union Square Cafe as head Maitre d’, and then on to The Modern at the Museum of Modern Art. She attributes all her hospitality and restaurant knowledge to the amazing restaurateur Danny Meyer, owner of both those world famous restaurants. Working alongside him and his incredible staff for 14 years would form the ideal model of what a restaurant could be.
But meanwhile, back at the Vermont weekend cabin…Nancy started making cheese on her days off, leading to her quest to make the best French style cheese in this country-an intriguing and unrelenting challenge! The chefs at both her and Kyle’s restaurants were very encouraging and became their first loyal customers. This ultimately led to their joint decision to change careers and move to Vermont full-time to make cheese. First, selling wholesale to NYC restaurants only, then the opening of Spoonwood Cabin Wine and Cheese Shop, and finally Remedy Wine Bar—the culmination of all their passion and hard work.
Kyle spent his early years steeped in music and athletics. He had the good fortune of playing a great deal of jazz on his trumpet, conducting as drum-major for the marching band and singing in many musicals. In college Kyle shifted his attention to voice and began studying classical vocal music, leading to a career as an operatic tenor. After many years of vocal study and performance, Kyle met Nancy singing opposite her in Verdi’s La Traviata. Say no more, we’re still together, creating and enjoying as much of life’s music as we can.