About Byrdhouse

Since 2006, we’ve been committed to providing exemplary service to some of the top names in the food + beverage, hospitality, retail and product industries in Charleston and beyond. Inspired by unforgettable meals, extraordinary travel experiences, and celebrated chefs, visionaries and creatives, we love what we do through and through.

With longstanding connections to the media and community influencers, a discerning take on the industry, and an eye on what’s next, we strive to tell stories people want to hear and consistently deliver positive results…and we have fun doing it.

From media relations to social media, we cover it all and tailor our services to meet every client’s specific needs and wants. It’s your voice, we just do the talking.

Annie Byrd Hamnett
Annie Byrd Hamnett founder

Annie Byrd Hamnett

founder

Annie grew up among the abundant beauty of both ends of North Carolina, from the coast of Beaufort to the Blue Ridge mountains. Her early days spent helping her grandparents at Byrd Tree Farm in Spruce Pine, harvesting potatoes, climbing trees, and shelling beans on the porch, instilled in her an abiding love of nature and open spaces—and a lifelong curiosity about and deep connection to the things that matter, like family, food, and storytelling.

Throughout her life, she’s found inspiration in adventure and travel. Studying abroad in Italy, living in San Francisco, French cooking school, a South African safari, and her home near the beach in Charleston serve as confirmation that the things she loves most can also be her life’s work.

Annie is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and lives in Charleston with her husband, Matt and their kids, Matthew + Sadie.

Cat Finnen
Cat Finnen owner

Cat Finnen

owner

Growing up with a family who loved to eat out and explore new places, Cat’s passion for the hospitality industry ignited early. Glued to the Food Network, Cat experimented in the kitchen and showed off her best efforts to friends and family, quickly learning the importance of gathering around the table.

Cat followed her taste buds to South Carolina to attend the College of Charleston, where she met Annie and began working as her intern. It was Annie who showed Cat that she could make a living doing what she loved – talking about great food! Cat worked with Annie until she graduated and then made her way to Chicago where she worked for 4 years at a national PR firm.

With Charleston on her mind, Cat packed up and headed back South to work with Annie in 2015. Together, they represent some of the best chefs and restaurants in Chicago, and Charleston and never tire of talking about – or eating – good food.

Cat and her husband, Davis, live downtown Charleston, strategically within walking distance to many of her favorite restaurants.

Grace Patton
Grace Patton senior account manager + social media director

Grace Patton

senior account manager + social media director

Grace was born on Hilton Head Island where she grew up exploring the saltmarshes of the May River, playing in the mossy live oaks and living the laid back South Carolina Lowcountry way of life.

While studying fashion at the University of South Carolina, she followed her desire for adventure + travel and studied abroad at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy where she took an Italian cooking class that sparked her love for cooking + food. While abroad, she explored as many cuisines and cultures as she could from the flavors of Spanish Basque country to the rich fare of North-Eastern Italy.

After graduating, she moved to New York City and worked for a national fashion and entertainment public relations firm. Grace eventually followed her heart back to the South and now lives in Charleston. When not working, she can be found trying new restaurants, working on her golf game, walking the beach with her golden retriever Georgia and unwinding on the porch with family + friends.

Brooke Harkins
Brooke Harkins marketing director

Brooke Harkins

marketing director

Born and raised outside of the City of Brotherly Love, Brooke grew up attending weekly Sunday dinners with her close-knit family at her grandmother’s house while planning the remainder of the day around the Philadelphia Eagle’s football schedule. In the summer months, she spent her time on the Northeastern coast learning the waterways and discovering recipes for freshly caught seafood.

After graduation from Penn State University, she found herself in NYC, where she uncovered a passion for building meaningful connections and creating bespoke experiences that inevitably led her to the hospitality industry.

Brooke became Director of Marketing for a Brooklyn hotel overseeing five food & beverage outlets before relocating back to the Philadelphia area where she continued her career in marketing for an award-winning restaurant group.

Following her passion for hospitality and her love for the salt air, in 2022 Brooke relocated to Charleston where she met her husband, Gill, with a little one on the way.

Why ByrdHouse?

From the glamorous to the nitty gritty, we put our hearts + souls into every element of the job. It’s our honor to get to tell the stories of our amazing clients -- truly, the best job on the planet.

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