Peter Plaehn is a 20+ year veteran of the hospitality industry with experience in restaurant operations, corporate training & development, education and wholesale distribution. He has trained and opened nearly a dozen restaurants across the country.
Upon returning to the Midwest, he focused on wine and beverage and has held positions as Operations Manager and Sommelier for the award-winning Nicollet Island Inn, Luxury/Craft Specialist for Wirtz Beverage Group and Beverage Director for the JW Marriott Minneapolis. He recently joined 6-time James Beard Foundation award nominee Chef Lenny Russo at Hotel Landing and ninetwentyfive restaurant in Wayzata, MN, as Beverage Director.
He is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators and in 2016 became the first sommelier in Minnesota to achieve the Court of Master Sommeliers' Advanced certificate. After attending the exclusive Rudd Foundation Masters Roundtable in Napa Valley in 2017, he is preparing to sit the Master Sommelier diploma exam in 2018.