Wine & Spirits - October 2017 - 25

Katie Morton,
Marta, NYC
Once a student of dance, Morton changed course
at age sixteen after reading Kitchen Confidential, by
Anthony Bourdain, and decided to become a cook.
She headed to the Culinary Institute of America, but
during her externships she felt like something was
missing. "The front of the house seemed to have a
greater opportunity to connect with people. And I
saw that, with wine, I could learn about cultures and
history, be intellectually challenged, and be more
engaged and have a deeper sense of community."
After graduating, she took a job as a food runner
at Eleven Madison Park, where she met John Ragan,
MS, Union Square Hospitality Group's wine director.
Two years later, she took him by the arm and proclaimed that she, too, wanted to be a Master Sommelier. She eventually joined the wine team at EMP
in 2012, then helped open The NoMad, followed by
two and a half years at Maialino.
Four months after she started at Maialino she
had her wine "ah-ha" moment over a feast of roast
rabbit and offal accompanied by a 1964 Mirafiore
Barolo. "Who knew nebbiolo would change my life?"
Morton is now the wine director at Marta, an Italian
restaurant north of Madison Square Park focusing
on Roman-style crackly-crusted pizzas. "My job is
to show guests things they've never tried before. If
someone's world gets bigger by me introducing them
to something new-hopefully something they like-
for me that's one of life's pleasures." She has also doubled the selection of Champagnes because, she says,
Marta is about Champagne. "It's great with pizza, as
it's salty and textural; some are Bread-y or nutty with
age, and they pair great with leavened pizza dough."
-SARAH LOOPER

photo by Mike Rush

Following in the shoes of Jack Mason, MS, would
be a challenge for any seasoned sommelier. Katie
made it look easy. She has grown the idea of
Marta as a destination restaurant for great wine
and great service. -Jeff Porter, Del Posto, NYC
Katie is a hospitalitarian to the bone! Not only
does she have great wine knowledge and taste,
she has intense service skills executed with polish
and grace. -Nicole Hakli, Acme, NYC



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