Katherine Cole, Writer and Producer
What did you study at Harvard?
English and American Literature and Language.
Were you involved with any food or wine activities while a student?
Alas, not really. My biggest regret: Some Canadian family friends lived next door to Julia Child in Cambridge while the husband was doing a visiting professorship at Harvard. They very kindly fed me dinner on a semi-regular basis, and the wife spoke fondly about her dear friend Julia. Why did I not request a personal interview with Julia, or at least finagle an invitation to sip tea with her? Because I was an idiot.
On the bright side, I was lucky enough to take a screenwriting seminar taught by Spike Lee.
Do you think that Harvard has prepared you for a career in food and wine or hospitality in general? If so, how?
Harvard turned me into a fearless and open-minded thinker, not just in the classroom, but outside of it, too. My roommates hailed from all over the world, so I was drawn to a career in an industry that has no borders. Any given day, working in wine, one is just as likely to speak with someone from the US as someone from New Zealand, South Africa, France, or Chile. I love that.
What work do you do now?
I have three or four jobs, depending on how you look at it. I'm a contributing editor at Sevenfifty Daily and the communications director at Vin Agency. I'm also the executive producer and host of The Four Top, a food-and-beverage podcast on NPR One. And I have written four books on wine, most recently Rosé All Day. My publisher is currently on my case to write a fifth book. So... sleep is overrated, right?
Websites that are relevant to your work or special interests:
http://thefourtop.org/ - soon to be updated!!