Sean Umstead

Kingfisher | Durham, NC

Sean is the creative force behind Kingfisher – his first solo venture with his wife and partner, ceramic artist Michelle Vanderwalker of Vanderwalker Design. Their seasonal cocktail bar in downtown Durham draws inspiration from North Carolina’s farms, offering a rare, year-long view into each season through innovative cocktail preparations.

Sean has been steeped in North Carolina’s hospitality culture, serving on the area’s most dynamic food and beverage teams – including The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, The Counting House in the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, and St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar in downtown Raleigh.


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Sean is participating in the Hill Fire dinner on 10/18 and the Sustainable Classroom Walking Tour on 10/19.