Competent Food and Beverage Manager bringing more than 25 years of food service and progressive leadership experience. I have done everything from own my own music venue and bar to washing dishes. I lead by example and hold myself to the same principles I hold my teams to the same standards they would hold me to. I have years of menu creations, budget and labor cost control, working with large staffs and customers, and running multiple venue operations.
Creating budgets and controlling costs, hiring of staff including management, menu creation and execution, talent buyer, food and beverage preparation, product ordering, start up of new venues and opening of new venues. working with sponsors to create customer incentives and activations.
Oversee twelve the food and beverage programs of twelve music venues ranging in size from one thousand to six thousand people. Duties within that position are helping venue general managers work with budgets, controlling costs, staffing, selection and par levels of products ordered. Help with beverage menu and some food menu designs and concepts. Work with clients to make sure all sponsorship needs and expectations are upheld. The position requires constant travel to make sure managers and staff are properly supported and following company procedures and guidelines. Orchestrated positive customer experiences at all stages by overseeing every area of food and beverage operations. During my time with DLS we have grown from five venues to thirty venues in less than five years.
Designed cocktail menus and creation of items on menus ranging from simple syrups, cocktail shrubs, and tinctures using locally sourced ingredients and partnered with the chef to come up with new concepts. Worked with owner and chef to control costs and instruct staff on execution of menus. During my time I received national recognition for my cocktails and worked with groups like The North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission to create cocktail recipes for a cocktail book.
Worked with management to creative menus and concepts. Lead staff during service working with them to serve patrons. Opening and closing duties involving creation of cocktail syrups and juices, set up and breakdown, and general cleaning duties.
Was founding partner of Motorco. As operating partner my duties included booking bands/talent buyer, bar manager, bartender, orchestrating events with charities, organizing calendars with events and food trucks, and general operations of the building. During that time we went from booking local acts to bringing in national and international touring acts. I was part of Motorco's planning and developing of an old car dealership into one of the Triangle's premier music and event spaces.
I was the creator of the music series in Raleigh, NC called Local Band-Local Beer where I paired local music talent with local breweries to deliver a free concert once a week. I worked closely with local college radio and breweries to promote the shows. The success to this series lead to me to winning an Indy Arts Award in 2010 from North Carolina weekly magazine The Independent. This series also lead to me becoming a partner in a music venue called Motorco Music Hall. The series started in 2006 and is still going to this day with a new promoter after my stepping away.
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