Meet The Team
Meet the Twisted Olive™ Team
These individuals make up a cohesive team that works together to ensure our guests have an amazing experience — not just some of the time but consistently. They are active participants, taking the initiative to help make things happen. Their whole approach is can-do: "What contribution can I make to provide the level of service that will comfort and delight our guests?” They consistently look beyond their own role and care about the team's overall goal. This commitment is about winning — they care about what the team is doing and they contribute to its success.
Effective teams pitch in to help each other and act together to accomplish the goal. The GV team players work this way by second nature. They respond to requests for assistance and take the initiative to offer the appropriate support to help get the job done.
bill slosser :: TWISTED OLIVE OPERATIONS MANAGER
I joined the Gervasi team in May of 2012, working in a variety of the main property buildings. My role at The Twisted Olive™ is to ensure guests have the best dining experience we can offer, overseeing staff, and normal day to day operations. Being part of an environment that is ever growing and locally focused is exceptionally rewarding. I am proud to be a part of a business that instills a passion throughout our tight knit "family". The people here are what make the experience so amazing. The passion from the Swaldo family is felt throughout each and every department.
Favorite TTO Spot: Sitting at the Pub Bar, enjoying one of our Hand-Crafted Cocktails.
Favorite TTO Dish: Oven Roasted Salmon, I love the Honey Mustard Glaze!!
Favorite GV Wine: Malvasia Bianca
Favorite Quote: "I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time. Know there was something that, meant something that I left behind." ~ B. Knowles-Carter
kelly presson :: ASSISTANT operations MANAGER
I joined the team in February of 2010 and have had a variety of roles on property. My role at The Twisted Olive™ is to assist the Operations Manager with all day-to-day business responsibilities, as well as motivating our staff to exceed our customers' expectations. All of us here at GV Destinations are like a family; we support each other as we grow. The forward thinking, concern for the environment, and the beautiful community that is being created here is what makes the experience here so amazing.
Favorite TTO Spot: On the restaurant floor supporting the team
Favorite TTO Dish:
Favorite GV Wine: Abbraccio; it's our big, bold, dry cabernet.
Favorite Quote: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
BRAD PRESTON :: EVENT COORDINATOR & Gv destinations wine steward
I joined the Gervasi team in October of 2012, working as a server in The Bistro. My role at The Twisted Olive™ is the point of contact after you book your special event with us! Together we will make certain that your event will not only be special but extraordinary as well. I wanted to be the wine steward because of the passion that I have for wine, the process of making wine, and of course Gervasi. I am looking forward to working with the winery team to further my education and then passing that education on to not only employees but guests as well. To be a part of a team that not only strives for excellence and growth but makes you feel part of the family, is indescribable. The level of professionalism and standards set are everything that I love about the GV Destination venues. From top to bottom both properties nail the definition of what a perfect experience is. The landscape, the food, the service, and most certainly the wine, come together to create Gervasi Destinations.
Favorite TTO Spot: I love the oval room! Every time that I look at that room I can't help but imagine my birthday party. The raised center of that beautiful table filled with presents and bottles of wine and sixteen of my best friends gathered around for wonderful food, great times, and amazing memories!
Favorite TTO Dish: The Seared Sea Scallops with Red Pepper Jam and Fresh Basil Cream.
Favorite GV Wine: I appreciate ALL wine, but of course I do have some favorites! The Malvasia Bianca is my favorite white because I love the perfect blend of the floral and citrus notes. The Abbraccio is such a wonderful cabernet with a nice round finish.
Favorite Quote: "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great" ~ Zig Ziglar
MATTHEW MULLINS :: EVENT COORDINATOR
I joined the Gervasi team in April of 2010, working as a server in the Bistro. My role at The Twisted Olive™ is to coordinate private events in our private rooms. I absolutely love what I do for a living. I've never been one to sit still, so being on my feet running around a busy restaurant is right up my alley. Being around food, wine, and happy people in a lively atmosphere is just another plus to a wonderful job. What makes the GV experience amazing is the ambiance, atmosphere, and the dedication of our staff. There is truly no other restaurant or destination in Northeast Ohio that can match our scenery, as well as our dedication to becoming greater at our jobs every day.
Favorite TTO Spot: The Terrace Room - it provides a private location in the restaurant with a fantastic view of the grounds. It truly gives you the best of what's inside and outside of the restaurant.
Favorite TTO Dish: Crispy Brussels Sprouts
Favorite GV Wine: Barolo
Favorite Quote: "Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value." ~ Albert Einstein
KATIE RIDENOUR :: CHEF DE CUISINE
I joined the Gervasi team in May of 2013, working in the Villa Grande kitchen for banquets and special events. My role at The Twisted Olive™ is to lead and guide the kitchen staff. I love working at a Gervasi Destination because it truly is an amazing environment and I work with great people everyday! The details spent on everything around you from the beautiful landscape, decorations, and wonderful food make it such an amazing experience for our guests.
Favorite TTO Spot: Our beautiful shiny new kitchen!
Favorite TTO Dish: The wings are my favorite, they are the best I have ever had!
Favorite GV Wine: Dolce Sera
Favorite Quote: "Life's a dance, you learn as you go"
sean doherty :: chef de cuisine
I joined the Gervasi team September of 2011, working at multiple venues. My role at The Twisted Olive™ is to help guide the kitchen staff and oversee food quality. I love working with everyone I've met over the last five years. They are some of the most dedicated, hardworking, and creative people I've met since I began working. The atmosphere at GV Destinations is what makes it stand out. There is no place like Gervasi Vineyard™ and The Twisted Olive™ anywhere else in this area. All of that combined with a great staff and excellent food make them some of the best places in Northeast Ohio.
Favorite TTO Spot: The kitchen
Favorite TTO Dish: Classic Strip Steak
Favorite GV Wine: Barolo
Favorite Quote: "Every great work of art has two faces, one towards its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity" ~ Lester Bangs
Abbey Schilling :: Host Coordinator
I love The Twisted Olive™ and Gervasi as a company because they’re like family. Through it all we know we have each other for support, and our close bonds extend into our personal lives. I’ve gained lifelong friendships and a lot of knowledge from my peers. We don’t just serve food and drinks, we want every guest to have an amazing experience, even if they’re just coming in casually. From a family celebrating straight A’s on a report card to a 50th wedding anniversary, we want to roll out the red carpet for everyone. We realize our guests have options, and knowing we were their first choice makes our job worth it!
Favorite TTO Spot: I love the Pub & lower patio. The big cozy velvet booths with the jazzy bar scene and big granite tables are so inviting! We also allow pups on the lower patio, and as a “dog mom” myself I love being able to enjoy with my best friends and puppy!
Favorite TTO Dish: The Crispy Shrimp!
Favorite GV Wine: Barbera
Favorite Quote: “Your energy introduces you before you even speak” ~ Maya Angelou