Amanda Brinkman


Chief gardener: The Carrot Agency, a direct marketing agency;

Amanda Brinkman is full of surprises. At the ripe age of 29 years old, the bungee-jumping volunteer sous chef also happens to head up Carrot, an award-winning health-and-wellness creative agency. Here’s what keeps her grounded.

Mode of communication: I’m a texter. Quote: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” –Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Creative inspiration: Great design: fantastic spaces, beautiful patterns, innovative furniture, creative typography, clever branding, and gorgeous paper stock. Accessory: My collection of cuffs, bangles, and earrings from India. Skincare line: Oil of Olay—a classic. Breakfast: A protein shake. TV Show: Anything ridiculously funny. My current favorites are Curb Your Enthusiasm and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Biggest indulgence: Travel and the theater. We have season tickets to the Guthrie and the Ordway. Book: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Way to escape: My daily early morning run. Extreme sports: Bungee jumping, skydiving, and base-jumping in New Zealand. Cocktail: Dry white wine. Place for drinks: Bar Lurcat. Hobby: Cooking. It’s my art form. Local restaurant: Barbette, the Sample Room, and the Strip Club. I keep a list on my BlackBerry of all the places I want to try! Vacation spot: Anywhere with a beach, palm trees, and a well-stocked bar.