Sean Umstead

Kingfisher | Durham, NC

Sean is the creative force behind the soon-to-open Kingfisher – his first solo venture with his wife and partner, ceramic artist Michelle Vanderwalker of Vanderwalker Design. Their seasonal cocktail bar in downtown Durham will draw 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.