In March of 2012, writer Kim Ohanneson attended a Whisky, Oyster & Poetry evening co-hosted by Johnnie “The Scot” Mundell of Morrison Bowmore, and Pedro Shanahan, Spirit Guide, at Seven Grand whisk(e)y bar in Downtown L.A.. The whisky & oyster pairings were enthusiastically received but equally astonishing was the guests’ response to reading poetry. Those who were initially too timid to read were disappointed when the evening drew to a close and they had not yet read. Two additional rounds of poetry ensued.
The intimate, communal literary experience had struck a chord.
Ohanneson approached Mundell about starting a private salon, which had its beginnings in Co-Founder Emeritus Karolyn Kiisel's 1920's-era loft at B. Black & Sons Woolens building in downtown Los Angeles.
The Whisky and Poetry Salon was launched in November 2012.
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