Fun Facts:

I’ve launched 21 businesses and opened 15 Restaurants, managed 12, worked in 26, rebranded 3 and pulled 4 out of the red.

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Experience in detail:


Caroline Smile Consultant Start-Ups, Hospitality, Tech, Events, Music Owner/Consultant 2016-Present

ROSÉ Catering & Events Los Angeles, CA Orange County, CA New York, NY Palm Beach, FL Charleston, SC Luxury Catering Company Owner/Founder 2018

Les Dames D’Escoffier Program Director (CHS) Sponsorship Event Chair (NYC) Board, Membership Chair (LA/OC) 2004-2017

Chef’d Los Angeles, CA, Tech Meal-Kit Start-Up Company Celebrity Chef Liaison 2017

Newport Food & Wine Festival Newport Beach, CA Event Coordinator Volunteer 2016

INDI Conference New York, NY & Charleston, SC Restaurant & Hospitality Industry Interdisciplinary Conference

Founder/Executive Director 2014

City Winery New York, NY Nightclub/Winery/Restaurant/Music Hall Maitre D’/Manager Host Team 2011

Good Restaurant, New York, NY Boutique, West Village eatery popular for brunch. General Manager 2010

Caroline Lee Jackson Charleston, SC/New York City, NY Personal Chef, Kitchen Consultant 2008-2016

Fish Restaurant, Charleston, SC Fine-Dining French Lyonnaise Chef, General Manager 2008-2009

The Boathouse, Charleston, SC High-Volume Fresh Seafood Turnaround from 9 year stagnation to 1 million annual sales profit General Manager 2006-2007

The VillageChophouse, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. General Manager 2004-2006

Charleston Food + Wine Festival Charleston, SC Founding Committee/Program Director/Kitchen Manager 2004-2009

The Spotted Pig New York, New York Opened April Bloomfield’s Flagship, 2.5 million annual sales General Manager 2004 

Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, New York, New York, Mario Batali & Joe Bastianch’s 4th restaurant 6.5 million annual sales Develop, Construct and build along-side Mario and Joe as Manager/Operator/General Contractor and General Manager upon opening. 2002-2003

Babbo, New York, New York, Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich’s Flagship fine-dining restaurant, Hospitality Manager 2001

The Knitting Factory (The Original) New York, NY/Los Angeles Nightclub, Executive Assistant to CEO 2000

The Morrison-Clark Inn, Washington D.C. 4-Star, 4-Diamond Boutique with famed female Chef Susan McCreight, Line Cook 1999-2000

The Bishop’s Lodge, Santa Fe, NM 4-Star 4-Diamond Eatery, Line Cook 1998

Zia Diner, Santa Fe, NM Popular eatery with Exhibition Kitchen, Line Cook 1998

The Morrison House Hotel Old Town Alexandria, VA 4-Star 4-Diamond Boutique Inn Front Desk Attendant 1997

Le Cordon Bleu Paris France Cuisine, Pastry, Oeneology 1995

Gadsby’s Tavern, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia Floor Manager 1990-1996

Le Pied Du Cochon & Aux Fruits de Mer Washington D.C., Georgetown Food Cost Analysis, Office Manager 1988-1990

L’Epi Dor Washington D.C. K Street District Fine-Dining French Décor Assistant, Design 1989

Swenson’s Ice Cream Family franchise first five Swenson’s East of the Mississippi. Father opened and operated Georgetown location and Chevy Chase locations in Washington DC and opened three others in Charleston, SC, Chapel Hill, NC and Jacksonville, FL (1974-1984) Primary Bubblegum Ice Cream Eater