Nicole Pietrandrea Hough | Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Two years ago, our Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Nicole Pietrandrea Hough, found herself at a crossroads: Nicole’s career and personal life had long been built around the belief that the best things in life happen around the table, sharing beautiful food and beverages with friends and family. But in 2020 upon finally realizing that alcohol was no longer serving her, or leading to the life she wanted to create (a story for another space), it seemed beverages might no longer be part of that equation. Nicole set out on a personal quest to find alternatives that merited pairing with food and enjoyment with adult company. What she discovered was a new and rapidly-growing community of amazing people, creators, producers, products and businesses all aimed at helping those who eschew alcohol, for any reason.
Nicole is the founder of AFTER Magazine and Mocktailquest.com. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Bucknell University, and a bartending certificate from the New York Bartending School. Nicole also completed coursework in political science as an exchange student at the Université François Rabelais (now called Université de Tours) in Tours, France and in interior design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Nicole’s design work (2001-21) can be found at NicoleHoughDesigns.com and her cooking and personal blog can be found at CocoSweetandSour.com. Nicole lives in Bergen County, NJ with her two almost-grown children and their dog, Sadie.
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