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Todd Thrasher of Signatures
801 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC
Tel 202-628-5900

Todd Thrasher

Todd Thrasher brings to Signatures a passion for providing excellent service and a national reputation for his expert knowledge of wine.

Certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Todd continually refines Signatures’ wine list to complement Executive Chef/Partner Morou’s American cuisine with a global accent. Together, Todd and Morou work to offer innovative events at Signatures, designed to educate and entertain, such as the restaurant’s popular Southern Hemisphere Wine Dinner Series. The series features six-course special menus, complemented by wines from the Southern Hemisphere’s growing regions including South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Chile.

At Signatures, Todd has the opportunity to share his expertise with luminaries ranging from leaders of Congress to stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Harry Belafonte. Visits by Miss America, the cast of the West Wing, Mayor Anthony Williams and other notables prompted The Wall Street Journal to dub Signatures “DC’s spot for movers and shakers.”

Todd first discovered the extensive world of wines while working at the award-winning Gabriel Restaurant. After mastering beverage management, Todd became a floor manager at Café Atlantico, where he played a key role in the restaurant’s opening. At Café Atlantico, Todd continued to hone his knowledge of wine, and earned critical acclaim for his innovative drink recipes and wine list. His wine list – considered by some to be the most extensive list of South American wines in the United States – was awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and was featured in such national publications as Food Arts and Wine & Spirits.

Prior to coming to Signatures, Todd was credited by Robert Shoffner of Washingtonian for building “the most remarkable wine list in town.” Tom Sietsema of The Washington Post wrote of Todd, “To miss a chance to discuss wines with him is to waive a serious part of the fun…his passion shines through.”

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