Chef Lincoln Carson has assembled a mighty crew at Bon Temps to help bring the good times. Meet some of them below:
Samantha Azarow, General Manager
Sam Azarow is the general manager at Bon Temps, chef Lincoln Carson’s all-day restaurant in LA’s burgeoning Arts District. Azarow’s passion for the hospitality industry began early on at the University of Denver after fortuitously stumbling upon a wine textbook that inspired her to pursue a degree in hospitality management. In 2010, Azarow began her career at Wolfgang Puck Catering in San Diego where she held various leadership roles over the course of five years, ultimately assuming the position of national beverage director in Los Angeles. Azarow journeyed back to her alma mater city of Denver in 2015 to become the general manager and beverage director of Black Eye & White Lies before moving to Portland, OR to oversee the formidable portfolio for Sage Restaurant Group. At Bon Temps, Sam works together with chef Lincoln Carson and the front of house team to create a lively, memorable dining experience from morning until night, always upholding a standard of excellence. When not at Bon Temps, Sam enjoys running in DTLA, hiking the canyons, eating, hot yoga, and exploring up and down the West coast.
Krystal Kleeman, Wine Director
Krystal Kleeman is the wine director at Bon Temps, Lincoln Carson’s all-day dining destination rooted in French foundation and California’s seasonal bounty, located in LA’s Arts District neighborhood. Originally from Oceanside, California, Kleeman moved to Los Angeles in 2010. Kleeman got her start in the hospitality industry as a server and helped open Fundamental LA in 2011. There, she grew her wine knowledge by working closely with the wine director and subsequently moved up the restaurant ladder to become the dinner manager and sommelier. After spending five years at Fundamental LA, she opened Stanley’s Wet Goods in Culver City as their wine director. At Stanley’s, she expanded her knowledge in developing and maintaining wine programs for both retail and wine bars before seeking out a return to the restaurant world. Following her time at Stanley’s, a desire to transition back to restaurants led Kleeman to The Hearth & Hound where she assumed the role of wine director three months into its opening. Now at Bon Temps, Kleeman emphasizes sustainably focused, small-production wines that are expressive and thoughtfully produced and intends to strike a compelling balance between classic expression of varietals and unexpected, contemporary wines.