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Democracy Brewing: Delicious Beer & Food 8/16

RSVP today if you want to enjoy craft beer, chicken confit nachos and empanadas with the Democracy Brewing team! 


We will be gathering on Wednesday August 16th at 6pm, to tour our location at 29-35 Temple Place in Downtown Crossing.  At 6:30 we will walk to 62 Summer St, where we will enjoy beer, food and give an presentation on investment.

We also could not be prouder to introduce you to our amazing kitchen team who will be serving you a taste of what they have in store for you when we open.

Ben Waxler, Head Chef

Wax is 14 year veteran of the restaurant business, earning experience at a handful of quality establishments doing pretty much everything - washing dishes, cooking, serving, catering, Cheffing, and managing.  After a short-lived second education studying Biomedical Engineering, Wax left Boston University to pursue his passion for cooking at Newbury College, earning a Bachelors Degree in Culinary Management.  Over the next six years, he honed his cooking craft at La Morra in Brookline, Ten Tables in JP, and at various fine dining establishments while traveling across the country.  Upon returning to Boston, Wax helped open The Haven as Head Chef where he got to design his own menu and kitchen, then was part of the FOH opening team at Trade downtown, then spent a stint at Grass Fed on Centre Street as General Manager. 

Wax is excited to bring his passions of delicious, locally-sourced food, fair wages, good working conditions, employee-ownership, and Zero Waste cooking to Democracy Brewing.

Mónica Leitner-Lasern, Rounds Chef

Mónica is a Cambridge native and is passionate about local food and social justice. After graduating from Occidental College, she completed a Masters in bilingual/bicultural education from Columbia Teachers College and began teaching middle school in New York City. There she discovered her passion for teaching history through a social-justice lens, exposing her students to important works like the People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. Near the end of her second year, her politics got her fired and she began working at a holistic sex-education nonprofit. For the next 5 years she studied holistic medicine, herbalism, farming, yoga and meditation.

In 2014 Mónica decided to combine her interests and founded La Sanghita Café, a small vegetarian/vegan restaurant in East Boston whose mission was to promote health, happiness and peace. Unfortunately the café was not financially sustainable, but its effects can still be felt in the community through related projects like the Eastie Farm and the Center for Cooperative Development and Solidarity.  Mónica's cooking reflects her Colombian and Jewish heritages and her values of supporting local food production and sustainable practices.  She’s looking forward to being part of a democratic and cooperative community at Democracy Brewing.