Evan FazioGeneral ManagerOriginally from New York, Evan joined City Winery in 2017 as General Manager of City Vineyard, our scenic waterfront location in lower Manhattan. In early 2019, he became General Manager of the original flagship City Winery NYC. Later that year he developed City Winery at Rockefeller Center, our one of a kind pop-up bar in the heart of midtown Manhattan. In 2020 he oversaw the training and opening of our incredible new City Winery at Hudson Valley, then soon after, relocated to Tennessee to help launch the Music City Wine Garden at City Winery Nashville. Evan joins the CW Nashville team as General Manager, and is thrilled to be a new resident of Music City. His favorite wine is the Pedal Steel Petit Syrah!
Mike Simon Talent BuyerMike graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2006, after which time he spent a few years working in his hometown of Cincinnati. Mike then moved to Chicago, where he would end up joining the City Winery Chicago team when CW's second location was opened in 2012. Mike then moved to Nashville in 2014 for the opening of City Winery's 'Music City' location. Mike started working with the CW Box Office team, was later promoted to Venue Director in Nashville, and was then promoted to the Talent Buyer role in 2017 which was always his long-term goal within the City Winery organization. In his spare time, Mike has spent the good part of a decade in various leadership roles for HeadCount.org, a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. Go Vote! Mike is an avid live music fan, and when not at shows and festivals he enjoys playing the guitar & fiddle, and spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, camping & golfing.
Ryan Owen Private Events DirectorRyan Walters’ passion for food and cooking led her all over the country and it almost led her to culinary school, but in a stroke of luck for City Winery, a heart for service and problem solving kept her in event planning and management. With more than a decade of experience in hospitality, including work with ARAMARK in Columbus, Ohio, and Homestead Manor in Thompson’s Station, Tenn., Ryan’s expertise in the field and wide range of skillsets—from catering to lodging to restaurant work—set her apart. In her spare time, Ryan enjoys cooking for her two sons, Cooper and Hunter, and spending time with good friends and good wine. When she’s not juggling events, she’s juggling time spent with her family (including two cats, Ted & Jackson) and practicing yoga.
MIchelle Foletta WinemakerA California native, Michelle Foletta was born with a spirited passion for the history, art and skill of winemaking. She brings six years of experience in the industry to City Winery Nashville as the winemaker.
After tasting her way through major wine regions around the world, Foletta studied wine with the Guild of Sommeliers and started her career in winery tasting rooms across California. She worked at Paso Robles AVA near the St. Lucia mountain range and then managed the wine club and commercial sales at Tanner Vineyards, a boutique winery in the Sierra Foothills. While Foletta loved working in the tasting room, her joy has always been in winemaking. In October of 2017, Foletta jumped at the chance to move to Nashville and join the City Winery winemaking team. Foletta lives in East Nashville with her husband and their three dogs, Zooey, Duck and Lucy. They spend their free time working on their century-old house, and of course enjoying fantastic bottles of wine.
Sam Polonsky Marketing ManagerAfter being drawn to Music City by the music industry program at Belmont University, Sam spent years building her formidable marketing career in Nashville. She was one of the top performing Marketing Representatives for Universal Music Group’s College & Lifestyle Marketing team (now known as 1824) and from there moved on to manage Universal’s US playlist brand which generated billions of streams for emerging artists. After spending time at UMG, Sam followed her heart back to live music and led the marketing efforts for the Mercy Lounge complex (including The High Watt, Cannery Ballroom, and a special events division). Sam was thrilled to bring her skills to the City Winery team in late 2020. When she’s not marketing the next show, tasting, or exclusive dinner event to City Winery guests, you can find her taking photos, playing video games, eating Thai food, or hanging out with friends & her cat (Rigatoni) in East Nashville.