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Sonia Stelea

Lead Bar Farm Specialist

Sonia Stelea comes to Esther’s Kitchen with a background that will give the beverage program equal footing with the food. For the past seven years in San Francisco, she has helmed bars at several Top 100 restaurants, including most recently Cotogna (sister to Michelin 3 star Quince), where as Farm to Bar Liaison she honed the use of farm fresh ingredients and small batch spirits to find cocktail pairings that best complement the dining experience. Prior to Cotogna, she tended bar at A16, Frances and Coco. Her bar experience began in the family Italian restaurants of Chicago including rosebud and Cibo Matto, where she was raised after her family emigrated from Romania.