Born in the Bronx, Lauren ventured to Washington, D.C. in 2010 to attend nursing school. While attending school she met Derek Brown. Fascinated by his love for the restaurant industry, LP became an employee of Drink Co. There, through intricate training, she established a thorough understanding of service, cocktails, spirits, and wine. As Lead Bartender, she assisted in the success of the establishments by providing staff members with guidance through education. She went on to become an F&B Manager for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in Washington, D.C. where she was introduced to Management. She worked at The Dabney (one Michelin star; James Beard Awards 2018: Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic) as a member of the beverage team.

Lauren has competed in Diageo’s World Class US competition and placed in the top four in 2019. She also holds the title for the Hardy Cognac Legend Competition 2019 and the Cognac Connection Competition 2020.

Prior to Covid-19, Lauren was employed at Silver Lyan at the Riggs DC Hotel under the management of the Mr. Lyan beverage company. She is currently the co-founder and owner of Focus On Health, a company focused on health and wellness for food and beverage employees, along with Alex Jump. She is the brand ambassador for Seedlip, in the Washington, D.C. area, a trainer with the Safe Bars organization, the social media coordinator for Speed Rack, a committee member for the RCWF Fund for Social Justice in Hospitality and a judge for the L.A. Spirit Awards.

Paylor and her cocktails have been featured in such publications as Imbibe magazine (print and online), Consumer Reports, NBC News, Williams Sonoma Blog, Washington Post, Essence, Southern Living, The Bitter Southerner, Cherry Bombe Drinks, Washington Post, Southwest Airlines Magazine, Thrillist, Eater, and Vine Pair.  Recently Lauren has been featured on Beverage Academy by Williams Sonoma.


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