Staff

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Tammy Coxen
Owner & Chief Tasting Officer
Tammy Coxen has been sharing her enthusiasm for food and drink through Tammy’s Tastings for over 10 years. But her interest goes back much farther – from lemonade sales in grade school to bread and pie baking businesses in college, she’s always loved feeding people! Add training in group facilitation and a passion for learning everything she can about a topic and then teaching it to other people, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for Tammy’s Tastings. Tammy is a regular commentator on Michigan Radio’s Stateside program, discussing drinks with a Michigan twist. Her favorite drink is usually the one she’s never tried before.

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Ken Silverman
Tasting Associate
Ken is a construction manager for U of M by day, and Tammy’s right-hand man when she needs additional staff for events. As part of Tammy’s Tastings, Ken teaches cocktail classes on his own, and also assists with cocktail classes, private bartending, private cheffing events, and tour guiding. Ken a huge sports fan, especially of college football, hockey and lacrosse. He has an affinity for bourbon drinks and amber ales.

Rebecca
Rebecca Wauldron
Tasting Associate
After starting her career as a high school history and government teacher, Rebecca quickly realized that her true passion was for creating delicious food and teaching others how to do the same. When not helping Tammy, she works as an executive chef for Busch’s Fresh Food Market. In her role with Tammy’s Tastings. Rebecca teaches cocktail classes and cooks for private cheffing events on her own. She also assists with cocktail classes, private bartending, and private cheffing events. Ever the historian, Rebecca enjoys learning about the history of spirits, craft cocktails, beer, and wine, and has been known to partake of such beverages on occasion.

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Uma Sickels

Tasting Assistant
Uma is a customer service professional who spent several years working within the Zingermans Community of Businesses. Uma assists with cocktail classes,  private bartending, and private cheffing events.