Favorite Things: The Red Hen’s Sebastian Zutant and Lauren Winter

This month, former Proof sommelier Sebastian Zutant and his wife, restaurant designer Lauren Winter, plan to unveil the Red Hen, an Italian-influenced joint in DC’s Bloomingdale. We caught up with them at Boundary Stone and talked cocktails, candy, and other indulgences.

By: Anna Spiegel

1. Always on the home bar
Sebastian: “Clase Azul tequila—it’s not often that they make sipping tequilas that are 100 percent agave. I constantly want to be on vacation when I’m not working, which is why I like this tequila.”
Lauren: “Wine—Perennial from Flowers Winery is my favorite. He gets me a dozen bottles every year for my birthday.”

2. Cocktail
Sebastian: “The Aviation.”
Lauren: “Pimm’s Cup.”

3. Hangover remedy
Sebastian:Leche de tigre—juice left over from ceviche. It’s good for you, and it makes you feel a lot better.”
Lauren: “A big, fatty breakfast of eggs, bacon, cheese, and an English muffin. I take aspirin and go back to bed, then I’m like new again.”

4. Candy
Sebastian: “Swedish Fish.”
Lauren: “Bubblegum cigarettes.”

5. Guilty pleasures
Sebastian:Love Actually and ‘Call Me Maybe.’”
Lauren: “Duncan Hines vanilla icing. ”

6. Vacation spot
Sebastian: “Vieques.”
Lauren: “No one’s there—you can lie naked on the beach and really relax.”

7. Public space
Sebastian: “The tower in the National Gallery’s East Building. The Rothko exhibit shook me to my bones.”
Lauren: “The zoo and the National Museum of Natural History.”

8. Work outfit
Sebastian: “Bow ties. I’ve spent unbelievable amounts of money on bow ties.”
Lauren: “I work from home and like Victoria’s Secret yoga pants. It makes me sound sexier than I am.”

9. Always in the fridge
Sebastian: “Ten types of mustard ”
Lauren: “Butter—salted, sweet, any kind.”

10. Romantic restaurant
Lauren: “Palena.”
Sebastian: “We like to have drinks at the Jefferson hotel. I feel very romantic there.”

11. Your ideal neighborhood bar would have . . .
Sebastian: “The best wings in the world, the Buffalo Bills playing every football game, Syracuse playing every basketball game, hot chicks in not a lot of clothes, cheesesteaks, and daycare.”
Lauren: “No pretense, always a seat for me and my friends, games, and jukeboxes. It should be dark—and serve Champagne from fountains.”

This article appears in the April 2013 issue of The Washingtonian.