The 23rd Annual Nantucket Wine & Food Festival: May 15-19, 2019

Olivia Moravec

Sommelier

Eleven Madison Park
New York, NY

Olivia Moravec grew up hosting elaborate brunches, complete with name cards and menus, for friends and family in her hometown of Southlake, Texas. Frequent fishing trips taught the importance of sourcing and sustainability and she spent Saturday afternoons learning etiquette from her grandmother, but her love of hospitality didn’t click until after college. Olivia attended Emerson College, completing majors in both journalism and marketing, in three years. At the tail end of college, she began as hostess at Legal Sea Foods. She worked her way through every front-of-house position, meanwhile studying under Master of Wine, Sandy Block. She helped open Legal Crossing as a corporate trainer before joining Tony Maws’ Craigie on Main as Service Manager. Within a year Olivia was promoted to Assistant General Manager and then to General Manager at the age of 24. She became a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, adding Wine Director to her title. As an FSR Magazine 40 under 40 Restaurant Stars on the Rise she later became Assistant General Manager at UNI, later overseeing UNI’s wine program. Now in New York City, Olivia is the Dining Room Manager of Eleven Madison Park. On days off, Olivia spends as much time outside as possible, practicing yoga, and tasting bottles of her favorite German Riesling.