Chris Cuzme - Brewer
Chris Cuzme is a man of many talents – he’s a professional saxophonist, bassist and “beer guy”. Joining 508 GastroBrewery (508) in fall 2012, Cuzme is Brewer at the West Soho, New York-based rustic Mediterranean restaurant. At 508 Cuzme will be developing the in- house brewing program which has already garnered acclaim amongst beer lovers and foodies alike. In addition to brewing new styles of IPAs, Saisons and more, he plans to introduce a cask program with his new stainless steel 5.5 gallon English Pin, affectionately named
Chris began brewing in 2001 under the tutelage of George Hummel and Nancy Rigberg of Home Sweet Homebrew in Philadelphia, PA. Cuzme instantly became addicted to the art of zymurgy and its community. Within his first week of home brewing, he joined the local homebrew clubs, including New York City Homebrewers Guild and the Malted Barley Appreciation Society; he would eventually serve a term as President of each group. This led him to partner with Chris Post and Alex Hall to undergo a 7-year adventure of starting Wandering Star Craft Brewery in Pittsfield, MA. Wandering Star opened its doors in June 2011 and has met with great success in Massachusetts, New York State and Rhode Island.
In 2006, his regularly hosted beer and food pairings at Jimmy's No. 43 led to a partnership with Mary Izett, and they proudly formed the NYC Degustation Advisory Team (NYCDAT).
Cuzme’s love of beer also led him to help organize NY Craft Beer Week with Josh Schaffner and become a co-founder of the beer event crew Get Real Presents. In November 2012, he and Mary Izett launched an online podcast called "Fuhmentaboudit!", airing Monday nights at 7pm on HeritageRadioNetwork.org, to discuss all things home-fermentable including beer, wine, cider, mead, kvas, saurkraut, kimchee, and more.
Jennifer Hill - Chef & Owner
Jennifer Lynn Hill has a singular goal since she opened 508 GastroBrewery in August of 2008: to passionately prepare delicious food that will make people come back again and again.
At 508, Jennifer has created a Rustic Mediterranean-American menu that offers perfect morsels of tapas, light brunch or lunch fare, entrees light or robust, and original side dishes, all distinctly her own. She is determined to keep the food at 508 GastroBrewery interesting, straightforward and flavorful.
Jennifer has made New York City her home for the past 17 years. She has always had a fascination and love for food, but moving to the city stimulated her passion about food and her desire to become a chef.
“In many ways, cooking and blending the right ingredients to make delicious food is symbolic of Manhattan. All the flavors are here; in one gigantic city that breathes amazing and diverse food, it’s hard to find a taste this city doesn't have or can’t get".
Jennifer has a degree from Institute of Culinary Education and has attended New York University. She trained in two Mario Batali's Restaurants before opening her first restaurant, Barracuda, in The British Virgin Islands.
508 GastroBrewery is the second venture for her, but NYC is her home. She is currently looking for spaces to open another GastroBrewery in Midtown.
While Jennifer is continually pleased with guests’ reactions to her food, and thrilled with the the continued success of 508 GastroBrewery, she is excited about her adorable daughter Neve. Her personality lights up the room whenever she visits 508.