George Stitch

George Sticth’s experience with food and beverage dates from his early days in Austria as the son of a family of Restauranteurs and Hoteliers.

Serving his apprenticeship in Vienna’s Hotel Bristol, he graduated from the School of Hotel Administration there and worked in some of the finest Hotels across the continent of Europe.

Arriving in the U.S. in 1932 from Monte Carlo as steward on W.K. Vanderbilt’s yacht the Alva, he later was associated in various capacities with such distinguished establishments as the Savoy Plaza, the Everglades Club in Palm Beach, the Colony Restaurant and the Old Astor, where in 1958 he joined the small group of men who founded the “Hotel Food and Beverage Managers Association of New York”, today’s Food and Beverage Managers Association of America.

Before joining the Beverage Industry as a Salesman and Missionary, George Stitch was the Wine Buyer and Beverage Manager of Restaurant Associates and Associate Director of the Four Seasons. He is a Co-Founder and past President of the Sommelier Society of America, a Chevalier of the Chaine Des Rotisseurs, Chevalier De Provence, Compagnin De Bordeaux, Consultant to Les Amis Du Vin and Physicians Wine Appreciation Society, as well as an allied member of the H.A.N.Y.C.

George and Betty–his lovely wife of 41 years—reside in Scarsdale, N.Y. Their only daughter Adelaide is married to Dr. W. H. Hansen of Pensacola, Fla, and is about to present her parents with their second grandchild.