6/12 Master Sommelier Sabato Sagaria of Bartaco
Keeper Coll @KeeperColl : Welcome to #SommChat everyone! Tell your friends to join us to learn from Master #Sommelier Sabato Sagaria, @sabato3 , President of @bartacolife !
Keeper Coll @KeeperColl : Don't forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order for everyone to see it!
Keeper Coll @KeeperColl : As we ask our Qs, you can ask Sabato your Q’s as well! He'll do his best to answer all Q’s in the order they come #SommChat
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : The quest to learn more, better myself and those around me in the process. Plus, learning about wine is fun especially when you can drink what/while you are studying! #SommChat
Keeper Coll @KeeperColl : Q fr #SommChat #Somm @sabato3 What advice do you have for any future aspiring Master #Sommeliers and what advice would you have for a #Somm wanting to get into restaurant operations?
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : Aspiring MS's...Teach as you learn. It's not only about memorization, it's how you apply/share the knowledge you learn along the way. The more people you are surrounded by that are studying wine, the more it pushes and inspires you to study and the more you retain. #SommChat
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : Somm's that want to grow into restarunt operations...Master your day job but get involved in all aspects of the restaurant along the way...P&L's, Culinary, Leadership, Hospitality. Ask questions. Curiosity is often rewarded with inclusion and mentorship. #SommChat
Keeper Coll @KeeperColl : @Sabato3 we heard from @AdamPlotkin that you are the Master of #Morels - please tell the audience why Adam says this - of course @CaravelleChamp would say why does Adam say a lot of things ? #SommChat
Adam Plotkin @AdamPlotkin : Travelling today so missed all the fun! I say what you are all thinking, but just won't say! ;-)
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : Let's just say just as it is important to know the profiles of various grapes, it is also important to understand ALL various types of mushrooms that guests enquire about. DM @adamplokin, I think he can lead a master class for you now;) #SommChat
Keeper Coll @KeeperColl : Q fr #SommChat #Somm @sabato3 When did the become president of @bartacolife and is there any position/s you had before, that most contributed, to you leading the helm? If so, how did that position help prepare you 4 this role?
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : I have become a fan of joven tequila in margaritas. It helps round out the cocktail without overpowering it with excess oak of an anejo. We feature @LibelulaTequila which is a blend we helped create @bartacolife #SommChat.
Rita Jammet @CaravelleChamp : Sounds delicioso! How about your favorite wines to pair with tacos? #SommChat
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : When I'm not drinking your champagne with tacos, I'll settle for a juicy red like #Beaujolais with our pork belly tacos.
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : Our @bartacolife Beverage Director @gretchthom has created a great menu with lots of agave based cocktails. One of my favorites is Smoke on the Water which is a great gateway #Mezcal cocktail. #SommChat
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : @bartacolife started in Port Chester NY in 2010 and was inspired by the beach lifestyle and the coastal cuisine of South America, Mexico, Southern California. We treat it like our own beach house and welcome guest in just as you would in your own home. #SommChat
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : Check out our @bartacolife website for career opportunities. We are always looking for great people!
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : …The @bartacolife culture is about creating experiences in which people leave better than they came. That includes guests, employees, vendors, our community and surrounding ourselves with people passionate to do the same. #SommChat
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : We just opened @bartacolife #21 and will be heading south to #Aventura Fl. this fall. As we grow, we are looking for communities that are growing and are hungry/thirsty to try a new experience. #SommChat
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : I have @CornellSHA to thank 4 introducing me to wine. @PeterTimmins2 and #RodStoner @The_Greenbrier helped me understand the restaurant business. #JayFletcher fostered an amazing culture for aspiring MS's. And I couldn't forget @dhmeyer who shared his wisdom on hospitality.
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : The tacos aren't Brazilian per se but instead we use the tortilla as a canvas and draw inspiration from cultures and cuisine from South America and around the globe. #SommChat
Keeper Coll @KeeperColl : Q fr #SommChat #Somm @sabato3 How do you think your leadership roles in The Inn at Little Washington (@InnatLittleWash), The Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach (@FSPalmBeach), and the historic Greenbrier Hotel (@The_Greenbrier) prepared you for where you are now?
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : The common thread is #Hospitality and finding ways to take great care of people. Whether it is to serve someone a 3 star meal or a taco and a beer, creating meaningful experiences is what got me into this business and is what gets me out of bed each morning. #SommChat
Keeper Coll @KeeperColl : Q fr #SommChat #Somm what does a day/week in your work life look like and what do you do to balance your life outside of work @Sabato3 What would you say are typical hours of work per week?
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : There isn't a standard/typical week. Most of my time is centered around our people how we are finding the right people not only for today but to prepare them for tomorrow. Finding ways to innovate on our guest experience and also looking at how and where we grow as a company...
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : For me, the biggest challenge is also the biggest reward. It is the impact and reach that you can have with your employees and guests. I can't be everywhere so it is learning how to empower others and give them the tools to work towards a common vision. #SommChat
Keeper Coll @KeeperColl : Q fr #SommChat #Somm @Sabato3 does sourcing ingredients fall under your decision-making & how does current wave of farm-to-table, organic, etc affect philosophy @bartacolife?
Sabato Sagaria @Sabato3 : It is definitely on my mind and is an extremely relevant topic for all restaurateurs regardless of our size. @bartacolife are always looking for ways that we can provide delicious and healthy food for people and to find ways to do it consistently in all markets. #SommChat
Keeper Coll @KeeperColl : we have learned so much from @Sabato3 on #SommChat today about #hospitality, @bartacolife and more - next thing on our to-do list is find a #bartaco location and go there STAT!
Keeper Coll @KeeperColl : It was great to have Master #Sommelier Sabato Sagaria @sabato3 President of @bartacolife join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WineWednesday