Connoisseur Life: Jennifer Stradtman

By Leslie Moore

Connoisseur Life: Jennifer Stradtman

Jennifer Stradtman, Boom Boom Wine Room

Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and, along with my siblings, worked in my grandmother’s four star restaurant. I learned to love good food early! Her Talquin Salad is on my menu – the dressing is a secret family recipe that only a few of us have. Even though she was asked repeatedly for her secret, she never revealed the recipe – and I never will either!

For 15 years I worked as a corporate lobbyist in Washington D.C., and took clients out to nice restaurants frequently. That’s when I learned how to order wine and eventually studied to become a Level 1 Sommelier. I am recently married, two years ago, and we moved here shortly after our wedding. We live in Grande Dunes. I love it!

What do you do for Thanksgiving?

We go to my family home in Tallahassee. My father is the best chef in the family, and we usually have around 20 family members around the table for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Before my grandmother passed, we would have Thanksgiving in her restaurant – it was always packed!

Which family member cooks your favorite dish? What is it?

Definitely my father: He makes the most delicious squash with onions and bacon. He also prepares okra with caramelized onions, browning it in a cast iron skillet and then roasting it in the oven. The simple dishes are always the best.

What are you grateful for right now?

So many things – my health, my family and my success with Boom Boom Wine Room. I’m especially grateful for my customers who come back time and time again.

Tell us a little about Boom Boom Wine Room.

We just opened on June 23rd of this year. Our menu changes weekly – we use a lot of local, fresh foods to prepare gourmet small plates and yummy desserts to complement the wines. My chef and pastry chef say it’s like being on “Chopped” because I bring in what’s fresh and delicious, and they get to create the menu.

Our wine set up is so much fun. I have twenty-four wines on display and customers can try a 1, 3 or 5 ounce pour. The wines are in a machine that dispenses your choice of pours. This gives you to opportunity to try a greater range of wines – we change the wines often, but I always have a wide price range. Most everyone loves trying a small pour of a very expensive wine without having to purchase the entire bottle.

I enjoy helping my customers discover new wines that they may enjoy. First, I find out what they do like, and then I offer a variety of options based on their palettes. It’s a great way to expand your knowledge of wines.

Boom Boom Wine Room is located at 7713 North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, and is open six days a week, closing on Sundays. Contact Jennifer at 980-422-5456.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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