Gretchen Thomas, CIA culinary arts alumni, is Wine and Spirit Director, Barteca Restaurant Group

Alumni Bio: Gretchen Thomas

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Wine and Spirits Director, Barteca Restaurant Group
“I would not have been introduced to wine if it wasn’t for The Culinary Institute of America. While you’re at the CIA, every door in the restaurant business is opened up to you.”

As the professional in charge of beverages for Barteca, including the 12-unit Barcelona Wine Bar, Gretchen Thomas supervises the largest Spanish wine program in the United States. She discovered her passion as a CIA student. “I would not have been introduced to wine if it wasn’t for The Culinary Institute of America,” she says. “While you’re at the CIA, every door in the restaurant business is opened up to you, so even if you’re not really sure what you want to do, you’ll figure it out while you’re there.” Watch her story:

 

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