Director of Food & Beverage, The Little Nell

During the past 17 years Sabato has worn several hats as cook, restaurant manager, consultant, professor, author, food and beverage director and sommelier.  He has contributed to the success of some of the country’s top hotels, restaurants, and resorts including Sea Pines Plantation in Hilton Head, South Carolina; The Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, The Greenbrier Hotel, The Inn at Little Washington, and The Little Nell Hotel in Aspen Colorado where he currently presides over the resorts Five Star food and Beverage Operations.

 Sabato began his career in the hotel business in 1997 when he joined The Greenbrier Hotel working in and out of the kitchen in various capacities in all of the Resort’s four restaurants.   By age 23 he was named Beverage Director and Sommelier, the youngest individual to assume this responsibility in the 226-year history of the resort. In 2007 after working with Patrick O’Connell presiding over the Grand Award winning wine program at the legendary Inn at Little Washington, he joined the Little Nell Hotel.  In his current roll Sabato has helped redefine the food and beverage operations at one of the premier luxury resorts in the country.   He has helped design and develop four restaurant concepts for the hotels parent company, worked with Union Square Hospitality Group to create the 1st annual Big Aspen BBQ, and joined forces with Daniel Johnnes to create La Paulee Aspen, bringing six of Burgundy’s legendary winemaker and Michelin starred chefs Daniel Boulud, Michel Troisgros, and Michael Mina to the resort for an unparalleled event centered around wine, food, and skiing.

In 2005 Sabato received a Wine Hospitality Award from Sante Magazine for his wine program at the recently opened Greenbrier Sporting Club.   He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and has served as a wine judge on both costs for The Seattle Wine Society, Virginias’ Monticello Cup, and the International Wine with Oysters Competition.  He was the recipient of the Trefethen Vineyards Passionate Wine Service Award commemorating the wineries 40th anniversary.  In 2012 Sabato became the 118 Master Sommelier in North America and the 187th individual in the world to achieve this accreditation.

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