Consultant & Wine Educator
Restaurant consultant, Bentley Hale, brings over twenty years of restaurant industry experience to the table. For the past four years Bentley has specialized in new restaurant openings assisting owners with full concept development, design, food and beverage menu development, and operational support. In addition to her consulting career, Bentley has extensive management experience working with both corporate and privately-owned companies holding positions in General Manager and Food & Beverage Director roles.
Hosting staff wine training seminars, creating wine lists with pairing menus, and planning exclusive wine event dinners throughout her management career helped Bentley realize her passion for wine education. Bentley’s enthusiasm for teaching others about wine led her to start Sip Happens Wine School which focuses on making wine education practical and fun.
Bentley began working in the restaurant industry at the age of 15 where she was introduced to the professional side of the food and beverage industry. Her hands-on experiences have included: dishwasher, bus girl, hostess, server, bartender, and wine sales. Bentley continued working her way up to training manager as well as corporate restaurant and private club management where she gained invaluable experience both in front-of-house and back-of-house kitchen operations.
Alongside working in the restaurant industry, Bentley graduated from the Art Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Her graduate thesis focused on restaurant design and marketing.