Adam HowardAdam Howard
Corporate Chef
Adam Howard is the Corporate Chef for Mike Isabella Concepts (MIC). Prior to joining the team at MIC, Howard was the chef de cuisine at Range and Aggio, and the executive sous chef at Jaleo in Washington, D.C. Before moving to D.C., chef Howard was the owner and chef of Street Foods LLC, a food truck in Charleston, SC. He has also cooked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hudson Yards Catering, and Beacon Restaurant in New York, NY. Adam has an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and brings over a decade of experience to the MIC kitchens.


kapnos_nick_pagonis-399x600Nick Pagonis
Prior to opening Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna, Pagonis served as General Manager of Graffiato. An original member of the Graffiato team, Nick helped open the restaurant as a manager in June, 2011. Prior to joining Graffiato, He worked at Jose Andres’ Jaleo in Washington, D.C. Nick started in the restaurant industry as a child working in his father’s Alexandria, VA diner, The Four Seasons, where he did everything from wash dishes and serve to manage.He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington.

Taha-IsmailTaha Ismail
Beverage Director
Taha Ismail is the Beverage Director & a Partner at Mike Isabella Concepts.
Part of the Graffiato opening team, Taha Ismail has served as the restaurant’s head mixologist and bar manager since August 2011.In addition to managing the bar, Ismail regularly collaborates with Chef Isabella to create seasonal cocktail menu for Kapnos and Graffiato. Previously, Ismail was the head bartender at Jose Andres’ Zaytinya for seven years. While at Zaytinya, Ismail discovered his passion for developing innovative cocktails and honed his skills in a high-volume environment.
Originally from Casablanca, Morocco, Ismail has worked in the restaurant industry for 15 years holding positions from line cook to bartender. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Strayer University, and he is BarSmarts certified.