Samantha Oare

Coffee & Design Lover, Management Experience & Hospitality Guru

  • Champaign, Illinois



Parkland College

Aug 2015 - Present

Business Management 

City College of San Francisco

Aug 2009 - Aug 2011

Culinary Arts

● Advanced Baking/Patisserie/Hospitality Studies


● Promoted to management after being a server in less than 3 months.

● Dedicated to making personal and business deadlines.

● Effective at maintaining composure in stressful situations and committed to fixing complex problems. As well, devoted to multitasking while keeping an eye to detail.

● Comprehensive knowledge of professional etiquette that contributes to strong verbal and communication skills.

● Established over 10 years of customer service experience in Illinois and the city of San Francisco.

Work History

Work History

Sleepy Creek Vineyards

Jul 2015 - Present

Assistant Winery Tasting Room

 Fairmount, Illinois

●Educate guests on Illinois grapes. 

●Attend offsite events/holiday markets/farmers' markets. 


Sep 2008 - Present

Food Writer

Champaign, Illinois

● Currently contributor of Food + Drink Smile Politely.

● Conduct research for food related blogs/online publications for SEO focused writing.

● Worked with an online publication with a focus on olive oil and sustainability.

● Created recipes/ghostwriter for personal blogs.

Big Grove Tavern 

Aug 2014 - Feb 2015


Champaign, Illinois

● Create unique cocktails in a timely manner and exceed in customer service skills.

● Cash handling.

● Maintain relationships with regulars.


Mar 2013 - Feb 2014


San Francisco, California

● Promoted to supervisor after serving for 4 months, then promoted to full-time manager a month later.

● Knowledge of ordering/pricing/P&L.

● Maintains relationships with regulars and understands their importance. As well, building new regulars.


May 2011 - Feb 2013


San Francisco, California

● High volume environment - ability to multitask.

● Knowledge of Creole Cuisine.

● Created music playlist for the restaurant and it was featured on The Bold Italic

Q Restaurant

Jun 2009 - May 2011


San Francisco, California

● Greatly expanded knowledge of wine. New world and Old world.

● Able to work in high volume restaurant with ease.


Sep 2008 - Mar 2009

Cocktail Server

Champaign, Illinois

DJ residency 

● High Volume

● Organize special events/holiday events.

● Clean as needed.

Cafe Kopi

Aug 2002 - Aug 2008


Champaign, Illinois 

●High volume 

●Cash Handling 

●Latte Art +


○Katherine Pinson - Former General Manager at Chow, San Francisco (707)548-8949

○Michael Alberty - Owner/Writer of Story Teller Wine, Portland, OR (503) 206-7029

Contact Info.