Interview with Dawn Bundick, Private Events Director for City Winery Philadelphia

Hi Dawn! Thanks for doing this :) You’ve been part of this initiative from the beginning, and we’re so excited that you’re still a leading member and co-Founder. For those who may not know you, tell us a bit more about yourself and your background.

I am a hospitality professional for the past 30 years. I love working in this industry in Philadelphia! I have been married for almost 26 years I have one amazing adult son, a beautiful fur baby and my hubby is pretty great as well. I love HGTV, history channel and ID channel, and love getting home in time for Jeopardy! I enjoy travel and the beach! I have a small close knit group of friends and I cherish those friendships. I recently made a major jump from a company I had loved and been with for almost 19 years to a new challenge and haven't looked back since!

Where do you call ‘home?’

I live in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, and have for 17 years.

Why do you think it's so important to refer leads to one another, or to collaborate vs compete?

As a city that prides itself in hospitality, my thought is:

If I can't take a piece of business, why make the potential client start from the beginning? I would rather help that potential client out by providing him/her with comparable venues with event specialist that I trust.

It is our city’s motto, "City of brotherly love and sisterly affection." Share the wealth!

What is your favorite Philly landmark to visit when you're on staycation, or being a tourist in your own town?

I don't know if I have a favorite, but anywhere I can see our skyline makes me happy (I have a ton of pictures of the skyline in my phone).

We love our skyline, too! What’s your favorite thing about working for the company you currently work for?

EVERYTHING!!!! Really it is the ability to not be in a box; they embrace your thoughts and ideas and encourage you to make your program your own. You own it!!!

Favorite Philly restaurant(s) other than your own?

Oyster House

Who or what provides your career inspiration?

My network of close friends in the industry. They are my inspiration, and they keep me pushing forward in my career goals.

What's your favorite way to unwind?

Wine, family and friends.

Definitely on the same page, there! What’s your favorite Philly event to attend?

Any Eagles Game

What do you wish people knew about you, your restaurant/venue, or the industry in general?

We really are a full fledged winery!

Favorite quote?

Tomorrow is another day.