Meet the Sommelier, Charlotte Berdensey

Charlotte Berdensey developed an interest in culinary arts at a young age. Some of her earliest childhood memories include watching beloved chef Julia Child on television after school. Growing up in a German/Italian household, food was an integral component at family gatherings, and daily meals were always prepared from scratch ­– often with Charlotte’s assistance.

Charlotte’s passion for the culinary field continued throughout her youth and into adulthood. She obtained her associate degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, before earning her Bachelor of Science in Baking and Pastry Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Equipped with an impressive pastry background, Charlotte’s career path took a serendipitous turn when she accepted a position as Banquet and Club Room Server at Ocean House in June 2011.

“At the time, my plan was to finish my bachelor’s degree and return to pastry work. It wasn’t until I started working as a server that I realized how much I enjoyed the guest interaction, which isn’t something you always get working behind the scenes.”

With a newfound interest in management and customer service, Charlotte quickly rose through the ranks at Ocean House to Banquet Captain in July 2012 and then Seasons Restaurant Manager in 2014. She played an instrumental role in helping Seasons earn its Five-Star rating from Forbes later that same year.

Most recently, Charlotte, a Certified Sommelier, served as Spicer Mansion’s Food and Beverage Manager, where she managed day-to-day restaurant operations and curated an impressive wine list. She returned to her Ocean House roots in March 2017 as Director of Wine Education and Head Sommelier with a goal of taking Ocean House’s Wine Spectator award-winning collection to new heights.