Next in our continuing series of staff profiles is Cailey Wilson, someone with whom regulars will be very familiar as a welcoming personality in Carpe Vino’s front of the house. We asked her 18 questions. . .
1. Position and start date: Server and shift supervisor, April, 2014
2. Birthplace: In Lincoln, California at our former house on 5th street. Our midwife was driving from Grass Valley and didn’t make it to our house in time, so my dad delivered me.
3. Family: Are you married, engaged, children. . .? No/no/no
4. How did you get started in the hospitality business; where else have your worked? In 2005 I moved to Arizona. My high school sweetheart got a full ride playing football for U of A. The coaches got me a job as a hostess for Metro Restaurants. The rest is history.
5. College or formal hospitality training: Junior college at Butte and Sierra College and 10 years in hospitality, which includes being a hostess, server, trainer, seven years as a full service bartender and now a manager.
6. The part of your job you like best: My guests, of course!
7. If you ran this joint, what would you change? I would like to inform the staff on a weekly basis of new wine that is coming in. What it is, who makes it, taste it, ect…
8. The book on your nightstand is: “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner, “The Looking Glass Wars” by Frank Beddor, “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis.
9. What do you do for fun? Are you involved in any sports? I love football (49ers) and baseball (Giants) games. I participate in a 10K trail race once a month, and I have a vegetable garden. I also like to play pool.
10. What’s your passion? Hospitality…I truly love creating an amazing experience for my guests. Every time I have considered doing anything else with my life, I revert right back to furthering my experience in what I love instead.
11. In five years, I’ll be. . .: Still working in a restaurant. Have my 1st level Sommelier certificate, worked at a winery to learn the process first hand, and get married. . .maybe have a baby.
12. Favorite Carpe Vino dish: That’s a hard question. . .the pork chop, but I have so many.
13. Favorite restaurant, other than Carpe Vino: Sushi in the Raw in Nevada City
14: Favorite wine: All wine is my favorite 🙂 but I prefer Italian wines.
15: What would we be surprised to learn about you? When I went to college I wanted to become a midwife.
16. What do you like best about living in the Foothills? The outdoors and the people.
17. What one quality of yours do you think makes you most successful at your job?
For the most part, I genuinely like people. I also really enjoy the challenge of pressured multitasking.
18. Who in the whole world inspires you most and why? I am very blessed to have amazing parents and step parents. None of us are rich, but they have instilled the value of hard work and common sense. In a world where neither seem to be so common anymore, this gift is priceless.