The Tasting Panel magazine

September 2017

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64  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2017 BEHIND THE SCENES WITH FRED DAME, MS Fred Dame: Brian, I remember when we first met 20 years ago. You were one of my first students in the Walt Disney World Resort Training Program and you went on to become a Master Sommelier. We are here today teaching the MS Introductory Level. Could you have imagined it then? What exactly is your job at Disney? Brian Koziol: It's complex. There are really three areas of focus. First is developing new con- cepts and revitalizing older concepts. Second is to oversee our domestic beverage strategy and to consult our worldwide parks and resorts. Third is our front-of-house standards and tabletop orientation. Fred Dame, MS, VP/Prestige Accounts for American Wine & Spirits (a division of Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits of CA) and Brian Koziol, Food & Beverage Concept and Development Director, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts U.S., at the Disneyland property in Anaheim, CA. photos by Hardy Wilson FOOD & BEVERAGE CONCEPT AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, WALT DISNEY PARKS & RESORTS U.S. photos by Margaret Soss Brian Koziol A Conversation with

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