Stacy Griest

Hospitality Professional, Educator, Sommelier, Consultant

Work History

Work History
Aug 2010 - Present

Instructor - College of Culinary Arts

Johnson & Wales University

Provide instruction on restaurant management and beverage operations to over 600 students in intensive interactive laboratory course environment.

  • Essentials of Dining Room Services: Instruct students on professional table service, customer relations, salesmanship and effective communication.
  • Advanced Dining Room Services: A service course with a focus on management principles, team service and advanced education on Old World Wines.
  • Principles of Beverage: A seminar course to the world of beverages and cost management. Instruct students on the production of coffee, beer, wine and spirits.  Conduct tastings, flavor analysis and food pairings.
Jul 2008 - Jul 2010

General Manager - Bistro Vendome; Manager - Rioja

Crafted Concepts

Managed all aspects of the restaurants grossing over $2 million in sales with an average check of $45.

  • Personnel Management: Coordinated and responsible for customer service, food and wine trainings. Responsible for progressive discipline and staff development
  • Inventory Management: Reorganized and structured the receiving and storage of inventory to increase cash flow which reduced liquor, beer and wine inventories by 7%.
  • Facilities Management: Responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the restaurant including plumbing, voice and data lines, and POS systems 
Feb 2005 - Apr 2008

Human Resources and Office Manager

San Francisco Food Bank

Manage all aspect of employment for a nonprofit of 70 employees including hiring, professional development, conflict management, benefits administration and workers' compensation. Responsible for the facility maintenance of 55, 000 sq ft warehouse and office building including maintaining building systems, landscaping and building appearance.

  • Strategic Planning and Budgeting: Integral member of annual planning and budgeting process with responsibility for accurately forecasting expenses regarding salary, benefits, insurances, building maintenance.
  • Staff Development: Work closely with front-line supervisors, managers and senior management on interviewing skills, performance management, conflict management and progressive discipline.
  • Facilities Management: Project manager for the installation of solar panels which reduced energy costs by 10%. Responsible for the design, planning and coordination of office remodel that included temporary relocating 20 staff members.
Oct 2000 - Jan 2005

General Manager - Red's Java House & Scott's Seafood

Independent Restaurants, Inc

Responsible for ensuring the integrity of a 50-year reputation along with introducing modern improvements to match the changing San Francisco neighborhood. Duties include maintaining cash receipts, accounts payable and accounts receivable, cost controls, purchasing and customer service.

  • Product Development: Increased sales by 35 percent by introducing breakfast, daily lunch specials, patio bar and restructuring hours of operation.
  • Beverage Management: Selected and maintained a-item wine list and full service bar. Increased sales by implementing a wine by the glass and half bottle program featuring specific varietal qualities for food pairing.
  • Inventory Management: Computerized the former inventory system reduced the liquor and wine inventories by 15%. Reorganized and structured the receiving and storage of inventory to increase cash flow.




Interpersonal Skills

Ability to interact and manage individuals of all educational, economic and ethnic backgrounds

Relationship Builder

Dedicated in building client relationships and fulfilling customers needs

Product Development and Event Planning

From inception, development through implementation

Financial Analysis

Skilled at cost analysis, budgeting, finding cost savings through financials and operational observations

Decisive Decision Maker
Technical Skills

Proficient in Microsoft Office, Outlook and very adept at learning business software