Beverage Director, Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia
Dawn first discovered her passion for all things wine and spirits during the early years of her career as a bartender. In 2010, Dawn started working at a small family-owned wine bar and craft cocktail restaurant, where she began to uncover what creating classic, quality beverages truly entailed. After only six months, Dawn was promoted to Beverage Director. It was in this restaurant that she discovered her love and fascination with wine. In 2011, Dawn started working at Black Ankle Winery in Maryland and a few months later, discovered Michael Mina’s Wit and Wisdom at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. This is where she was first promoted to Sommelier in 2014. Having just been pinned through the Court of Master Sommeliers with the Certified pin only a few months before, this was a huge achievement and pivotal moment in Dawn’s career. “I was very lucky to have a mentor who saw in me a passion for wine before I even knew it existed.”
In 2019, she moved to Washington D.C to work for Nick Stefanelli at his Michelin-starred restaurant, Masseria. Then, in 2020, she helped to open a new restaurant in Georgetown for Chef/Owner Stefanelli, called Officina. Here, she focused on a different facet of the wine business – wine retail and sourcing for private wine collectors.
After a few years apart, Dawn found her home back with Four Seasons – this time in Philadelphia, where Dawn currently runs the beverage programs at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, including the four on-property restaurants by two chef partners, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Greg Vernick, as well as overseeing all Hotel beverage operations, including banquets and In-Room Dining.