My background

 A multifaceted professional in the truest sense.

A multifaceted professional in the truest sense.

With a diverse background in Operations Management, Woody has spent the last 12 years as a General Manager, Wine Director, Service Manager, Sommelier, and Captain, and 20+ years in the hospitality industry, working at some of the best restaurants and hotels in the country, earning numerous certifications, degrees, and recognition from the top institutions in the hospitality.  In addition to the hospitality industry, Woody spent six years in tech/operations, both in the military and private sectors to include telecom, ballistic missile defense, and anti-submarine warfare.

Woody, a California native, is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and accredited through The Court of Master Sommeliers and Cornell School of Hotel Administration.  

Woody’s portfolio includes manages private clientele needs through his Consulting Agency, WvH Hospitality LLC, President of Woody's for Knife Cuts, as well as member of Board of Advisors for SommCon, and Trailblazer with Eaze. 

Leveraging his vast experience in nearly every facet of the hospitality industry, Woody is now working with specific clients in a consulting role to bring their restaurants, events, businesses and products to the next level.

My education


my Hustle


Private Cellar Management

One of my specialties is cellar management for private clientele. Cataloging, inventory, sourcing, and wine list management. I will individually barcode your collection and give you hard copy, digital, and app based inventory management solutions. I will evaluate your storage locations, collection, and your preferences, then create an inventory system built specifically for you and your collection.

Private Event Management

I know how to throw a party. Let’s talk.

Woody's for Knife Cuts  ⛑ - First Aid for Kitchens

First Aid specifically for knife cuts. Woody’s for Knife Cuts, was started by Woody van Horn in 2018. After 20+ years in the hospitality industry, Woody wanted to create a better way to distribute first aid supplies in the kitchen. Frustrated with the average first aid kit, Woody developed a simple and easy to use solution. No more wasted supplies on the floor. No more wondering if you have the supplies truly needed for your kitchen team. Provide your staff with the supplies needed, and get them back to their task quickly. Easy to access with one hand and designed to keep supplies organized and sanitary. No more bleeding all over the other supplies and no more wasted finger cots and bandages all over the floor. 

Trainual 📝- SOP Development & Implementation Specialist

One simple app to organize your processes, automate your training, and build the foundation for a scalable business.

SommCon 🍾 - Cellar Master & Advisory Board Member

SommCon® is a leading conference and exposition for sommelier-level education and training of wine professionals and serious enthusiasts.

The conference brings together industry professionals of all levels to discuss, develop, and lead the conversation on the business of wine. SommCon’s® education is built by Sommeliers for trade professionals and serious enthusiasts who have a passion for wine and spirits and an unyielding quest for knowledge. Attendees learn and taste their way through keynote sessions and educational classes, complete with a trade-only tasting and expo.

Eaze 🌱 - Trailblazer

Brand Ambassador for the leading Cannabis Delivery & Distribution Company


Petrossian 🥄 - Caviar Ambassador

United States Navy - Veteran

Kitchens for Good - Advisory Board Member

Art institute of California - Professional Advisory Committee

Chaine Des Rôtisseurs - Maitre d Hotelier

Society Mondial du Vin - Professional du Vin

American Institute of Food and Wine - Member

James Beard Foundation - Member

Guild of Sommeliers - Member

Court of Master Sommeliers - Certified Sommelier 

TIPS - Certified TIPS Trainer

Pebble Beach Food & Wine - Guest Sommelier

Los Angeles Food & Wine - Guest Sommelier

Effervescence Los Angeles - Guest Sommelier  



Contact ME

I would be happy to meet with you and review your business needs and goals.  Sometimes it helps to just meet with someone who has "seen it all", to gain some perspective.  I would love to discuss your specific needs in private.  Feel free to email me directly at or fill out the contact form below.  


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