Daniel Grajewski

Director of Beverage

Location 15h@2xSan Francisco Bay Area

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Summary

It is my personal and professional goal to always be the absolute best. From my studies of beverage, to bussing tables, to overall hospitality, I strive to do these things to the outright best of my ability and to learn from those ahead of me in hopes to joining them at the top.

It is my personal and professional goal to always be the absolute best. From my studies of beverage, to bussing tables, to overall hospitality, I strive to do these things to the outright best of my ability and to learn from those ahead of me in hopes to joining them at the top.

Work Experience
  • Director of Beverage

    MINA GROUP
    Apr. 2014 to Present (2 years and 10 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    · Wrote and developed 19 different beverage concepts
    · Created and designed all beverage menu layouts within each restaurant opening
    · Maintain relationships with over 20 hotel and developer partners including the Four Seasons, The Fontainebleau, MGM Resorts International, Millennium Partners & the 49ers
    · Manage over $40,000,000 in annual beverage revenues along with associated costs
    · Manage a sommelier team of 40+ full-time sommeliers
    · Manage a bar/beverage management team of 30+
    · Re-wrote all beverage training guides used in all outlets
    · Promoted from Assistant Beverage Manager to Beverage Director within 2 years

  • Lead Sommelier/Interim General Manager

    Stonehill Tavern by Michael Mina/St. Regis Monarch Beach
    Oct. 2009 to Jun. 2012 (2 years and 8 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    · Managed a wine list of over 700+ selections
    · Worked alongside the hotel to develop their wine programs in other departments
    · Maintained hotel’s 5-star Forbes reviews and the restaurant’s 4-star Forbes review
    · Managed the hiring, discipline & reviews for 15 FOH employees
    · Became the interim General Manager during my final time there, just prior to my new corporate

  • Wine Sales Representative

    Chambers & ChambersLos Angeles, CA, US
    Jan. 2007 to Jan. 2009 (2 years)

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    Role & Tasks:

    · Increased territory sales over 15%, year over year, each year
    · Increased territory accounts by 7%, year over year, each year
    · Learned the valued knowledge of how to be a better wine buyer by having to sell to other wine buyers

  • Beverage Director

    Mr StoxAnaheim, CA, US
    Jan. 2005 to Jan. 2008 (2 years and 12 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    · Managed a Grand Spectator Award Winning wine list
    · Sourced & evaluated private wine collections, including a complete vertical of Château Mouton-Rothschild from 1945 to 2002
    · Taught weekly wine classes for guests and staff, and helped over a dozen people receive their Level 1 Introductory Sommelier Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers

Skills

Ability To Lift 40+ Lbs

Pricing

Basic Floor Service

Profit & Loss Management

Beer Knowledge

Regional Expertise - France

Budget/cost Analysis

Regional Expertise - Italy

Cellar Organization

Regional Expertise - Southern Hemisphere

Classic Wine Service Expertise

Regional Expertise - Spain/portugal

Classic Wine Service Knowledge

Regional Expertise - US

Coffee Knowledge

Spirits/Cocktails Knowledge

Craft Cocktail knowledge

Staff Education

Creating A Wine Program From The Ground Up

Food & Wine Pairings

Understanding Of Viticulture & Winemaking

Glassware Knowledge

Wine Buying

Inventory

List Creation

Wine Knowledge

National/International Compliance Expertise

Wine Ordering

POS Maintenance

Wine Sales Proficiency

Classic Food / Wine Service

Hospitality / Management Degree

Classic Wine Service Knowledge

Menu development

Conflict Resolution

OpenTable or other

Customer service

POS Systems

Staff Management of 150+

Experience in a Fine Dining Establishment

Staff Management of 20

Experience in a High Volume Environment

Staff Management of 75

Staff education / motivation

Food / Beverage Pairing

Staffing / scheduling

Food Safety Knowledge

Budgeting

Profit And Loss

Purchasing / ordering

Conflict Resolution

Recruiting / hiring

Customer Service

Social Media

Food Safety Knowledge

Staff Education / Motivation

Writing

Microsoft Office

Food Preparation Knowledge

Reservation System Management

Vendor Management

Certifications & Courses
  • Advanced Sommelier
    Court of Master Sommeliers
    Apr. 2012 to Apr. 2012
  • Level 3 Advanced Certificate Award in Wines & Spirits
    Feb. 2008 to Feb. 2008
  • Certified Specialist of Wine
    Aug. 2008 to Aug. 2008
  • Sommelier Diploma
    International Sommelier Guild
    Nov. 2007 to Nov. 2007
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