Dropout of the Week

Meet Shelby

When she is not a Dropout Extraordinaire she can be found making floral hair accessories for her brand Bee Happy Flowers. She thoroughly enjoys baking everything under the sun. Her family has a “zoo” at their house that includes dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rats, fish, and parrots.

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Meet Logan

Logan has the best style at our restaurant and maybe the best middle name ever… Zebulon! Could also be why he is happy all the time and never has a bad day, or that’s just because he’s such a kick-ass dropout!

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Meet Justin

Justin is an amazing lead line cook. He loves fishing, hunting, and the rodeo. But, the biggest catch of his life is his newborn baby Kinsley!

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Meet Sara

Sara may be a stellar dropout now, but someday she wants to be a teacher. She absolutely loves dogs and has quite an impressive talent – holding 3 cups in one hand!

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Meet Alyx

Alyx is so unique that she screams Dropout! She is going to school for graphic design. She is a Mycologist (the study of fungi) and an all around boss at everything she does.

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Meet Alex (aka Mac)

Mac began her FRC career at Zinburger in Tucson. As a trainer and a leader, Mac was part of the team that launched our CDO Tucson location. She is sweet, down to earth and doesn’t need boys to lift kegs for her. She is part of the bartending quatro, ‘Girl Gang’, that created the cocktail […]

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Meet Jamel

Jamel is a line cook (all stations) and a prep cook. He is a pleasure to be around all of the time because he laughs and keeps everyone in good spirits while working hard, of course! He has a positive attitude toward everything and is a true Dropout. 👏

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Meet Erik

Erik used to work in fashion as a photo producer but recently switched things up! He is about to graduate with a BA in philosophy (no dropping out here)! He loves sitcoms and throwing it back to Golden Girls & Roseanne, and he is an OG at our Phoenix location.

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Meet Jeanette

Jeanette also goes by Janosauraus Rex or Janet, she’s our resident adrenaline junkie bartender. She’s been bit by the travel bug and has been to 18 countries! Once upon a time she was the proud owner of a Harley Davidson, and has plans for another one in the future.

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Meet Cami

Cami first joined the Culinary Dropout team a few years ago at our Phoenix location. Shortly after we were able to snag her to help open our Austin location where she has been ever since. We love her enthusiasm for the brand, attention to detail and dedication to hospitality so much that we asked her […]

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Meet the Austin Bar Wars Team

It’s the last week of #CDOBarWars. This week’s spotlight is on team Austin’s ‘Forget Yo’ Honey’ cocktail creation. Give it a try and if you love it, vote for it! Learn more here.

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Meet the Tempe Bar Wars Team

#CDOBarWars continue as we introduce The Daisy Duke exclusively at our Farmer Arts District, Tempe. Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Raspberry-Infused Copper City Bourbon, Giffard Orgeat, fresh lemon, served up and garnished with raspberries. Hood slide like Bo Duke on over here and ask this good-looking bartending team about it. If you like it, vote for it! […]

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Meet the Phoenix Bar Wars Team

Today we introduce week 3 of #CDOBarWars, showcasing our Phoenix team! Their drink, Mellow on Montebello, is named after the street The Yard is located on. Three of the bartenders pictured on their team have been with this location since day 1, and Ian on the far left has been with the CDO brand since […]

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Meet the Las Vegas Bar Wars Team

In a purple haze, our Vegas bar team created their #CDOBarWars concoction, Off The Wagon. Pictured here is the Vegas bar team (minus 2) that you can come in and look for to get yourself one of those cocktails. If you love it, support your local bar team and vote for it! Learn more here.

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Meet the Scottsdale Bar Wars Team

Get ready dropouts, #CDOBarWars is on! First up, we’re showcasing the OG, Scottsdale. This bartending team has created a masterpiece, the Del Bac Desert Flower. Pop in and ask about it! These three are so proud of their drink, it even has its own Instagram: @dropoutangels! If you love it too, vote for it by […]

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Meet Michelle

Michelle is the epitome of dropout culture. She loves yoga, making art, hugging, hiking and… aliens. She says she is the biggest fan of Thai food you’ll ever meet. Her first job was being a florist in a greenhouse!

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Meet Marve

Marve is an OG Tempe dropout that started in back of house as a baker and kept begging for us to let him go to front of house. He has now grown into a server, shift lead and Showcase Room captain. He is a jack of all trades and one of those people that just […]

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Meet Olivia

Olivia shows great initiative in all areas of the restaurant. She is extremely focused on her server performance and making sure her guests love everything about her and the restaurant. She is taking on greater roles and more trainings and everyone raves about her value to the Vegas team!

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Meet Monique

Monique (AKA: Mo) got her love of the industry from her dad, who worked in the restaurant for 26 years. Mo enjoys yoga, swimming with her 2 year old son and is a HUGE fan of classic rock and roll. Queen, David Bowie, The Clash, The Pixies. She knows all the words and will lip […]

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Meet Carissa

Carissa brings humor, positivity, fun and genuine hospitality to the restaurant and everyone around her. Her current passion is trying to get a beer pong night set up and she gets her guests to petition this as well!

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Meet Brock

His real name is Steven, but he goes by Brock (or Broccoli!). He’s an Austin OG and can usually be found in the well, rocking out cocktails with his signature “double shake.” Culinary Dropout is a family affair for him – his brother and roommate is one of our barbacks!

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Meet Blake

AKA: Spring Blake (go ahead and ask him why, something to do with his crazy Cabo days…). He’s a twin, the older one. And most importantly, we’re so happy we promoted him from President of the Barback club to bartender, because he’s now one of our strongest!

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Meet Travis

Travis is a man’s man. He loves fishing, knives and fire and is a huge Star Wars nerd. Most importantly though, he opened our Austin store as our lead line cook and is a loving family man with two kids.

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Meet Sarah

Overall consensus from the team in Vegas is that Sarah is AWESOME. She’s a Vegas OG, runs the host stand like a boss and often brings in gifts and treats for the staff. Everyone there knows they can count on Sarah. She recently got married, so she is off the market!

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Meet Sydney

Saying Sydney is sweet would be an understatement. She is known for her sweet tooth! Her ideal Friday night consists of late night runs to the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM and she has had every flavor of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She is also a Disney fanatic with four lanyards of Disney pins! She started […]

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Meet Kyle S.

“I suppose you could say that I am a Harley enthusiast, a bourbon connoisseur, and to this day I am still moved by the fact that everything we eat comes from another living creature.”

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Meet Austin

Can do a killer Jim Carrey impression, no matter which role. Puts Calabrian Chili on everything. He will pay zero attention to you if Law & Order is on.

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Meet Sarah

Sarah lived in Africa as a missionary from ages 9-18. She attended 11 different schools growing up. She was the first bartender hired for CDO Austin!

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Meet Jeremy

Jeremy has a big heart and truly cares about the guest experience. He strives for perfection in himself and the team around him. We nick named him “Duck Tape” because he doubles as our handyman. He bowls a consistent 180 and is a great golfer. His #SockGameisStrong and the guests love his weirdness.

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Meet Jason

Jason is the General Manager of The Yard Tempe. He leads by example and his staff loves him. Jason started with the brand 7 years ago and has been the GM of 3/5 locations, as well as helped to open those locations and hire/train every GM in the brand.

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