With a diverse background in Operations Management, Woody has spent the last 12 years as a General Manager, Wine Director, Service Manager, Sommelier, Captain, and Consultant, 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.
San Diego State University. San Diego, CA. The Business of Wine
Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Master Certificate Candidate in Hospitality Revenue and Finance Management
Culinary Institute of America. Hyde Park, NY. Culinary Arts Management
Culinary Institute of America. St. Helena, CA. Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate
Court of Master Sommeliers. Washington D.C. Advanced Sommelier Course
Court of Master Sommeliers. New York, New York. Level 2 Certified Sommelier
Court of Master Sommeliers . Toronto, Canada. Level 1 Introductory Sommelier Certificate
Culinary Institute of America. St. Helena, CA. Certified Wine Professional
Society of Wine Educators . Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS)
Society of Wine Educators . Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
The Trichome Institute. San Diego, CA. Level 1 Interpener
Restaurant Operations & Hospitality Industry Task Force
I love to open restaurants and hotels.
I have a lot of experience opening restaurants and hotels.
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.
Kiki’s Night Cleaners - Referral Agent
For years, I have worked with and recommended Kiki’s Night Cleaners to many of my clients. Contact me to find out how to budget your cleaning expenses and janitorial needs. Outsourcing these duties can improve prime cost.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact form below.