I could not be more excited to work among people with such talent and passion,” says Cappie Peete of her position as Neighborhood Dining Group’s Director of Beverage and Education. Her words about her role at the venerable restaurant group echo her approach to her work: one that encompasses an insatiable curiosity about wine and a love for pairing it with Executive Chef Sean Brock’s food to create a memorable visit for every guest.

A native of Greensboro, NC, Peete had always known she wanted to work in the service industry. While studying for her bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant, and tourism management at the University of South Carolina, she realized her passion for food and wine, in particular. “I took a wine and spirits course on a whim and fell in love with wine,” she recalls.

Peete held a variety of front-of- the-house positions at restaurants in South Carolina and Georgia while she was still in school. After graduation, however, she began to follow her muse,studying wine through a Certified Sommelier program at the Professional Culinary Institute. She passed her certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers in December 2009 and joined McCrady’s in March 2010, initially working as a server while she continued her wine education and work under Sommelier Clint Sloan. In 2013, her studies paid off when she reached the advanced level, making her the youngest Advanced Sommelier in Charleston. Shortly after passing her exam, she was named an Eater Young Gun semi-finalist, solidifying her place as one of the most promising up-and- coming talents in the restaurant industry.

In 2015, Peete was promoted to her current role partly in recognition of her commitment to education and staff development. She is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the extensive wine and beverage lists at all NDG restaurants and developing pairings, as well as many behind-the- scenes duties—from staff training and education to purchasing.

When she’s not working, Peete continues to further her beverage knowledge through studying for the Master Sommelier certification. When her mind is not on wine, however, she enjoys downtime at the beaches near Charleston, cooking for friends, or eating throughout the Holy City.