Tech @ Work Updates
Tech @ Work is a monthly speaker series hosted by Vermont Works for Women and the Burlington Tech Center. The program is designed to introduce high school students to gender diverse professionals in non-traditional career fields.
Tech @ Work: Culinary Arts on Monday, November 4
Today, VWW was delighted to welcome Leslie McCrorey Wells, co-owner of Pizzeria Verità, Trattoria Delia, and Sotto Enoteca, as the Tech @ Work presenter for the Culinary Arts students at BTC. Leslie described how she first considered careers in theater and history education before coming to realize her passion for the restaurant industry. Leslie joined with her current business partner to open Pizzeria Verità in 2012, and they have since expanded to co-own three Italian restaurants on St. Paul Street.
Leslie discussed the difficulties of owning a restaurant, including handling unexpected expenses with a small profit margin of only 4-6%, balancing wage disparities between front-of-house and back-of-house employees, and adapting to accommodate the needs of 75 different employees. Yet, despite these difficulties, Leslie shared significant business successes: one of her businesses saw sales totaling $2 million last year, she has strong management teams at each of the restaurants, and she has successfully cultivated a restaurant philosophy that provides excellent customer service and values every employee. Leslie is an inspiring business owner with years of experience, and we are grateful to her for sharing her story!