After spending his early childhood in Northern Ireland, Steve Wildy began his career in the restaurant industry at 15 years old in Pittsburgh, as a dishwasher for a friend’s restaurant. He immediately fell for the hustle and bustle of the culinary world, and after relocating to Philadelphia in the late 90s to enroll in Drexel University‘s International Studies program, he continued to work through the field as a busser, food runner, server, and captain. An internship with the European Parliament in Brussels introduced him to a fantastic food scene, the world’s best beer, and to the early notion that a career in food and beverage might be better suited to him than a career as a politician.
Upon graduating, he delved deeper into Philadelphia’s food scene as customer service manager for local restaurant purveyor Julius Silvert, developing the specialty foods division and procuring a love for fine cheese along the way. A chance to work for one of his favorite accounts and the opportunity to study under Jeff Benjamin and Marc Vetri led to his acceptance of the general manager position at Vetri in 2006. A burgeoning love for all things beverage-related earned him his most recent title: Beverage Director for The Vetri Family. Steve currently oversees the beverage lists for all of Marc, Jeff, and Jeff Michaud’s projects.