Jason Carlen currently lives in Chicago and works as the Midwest Sales Manager for Scarpetta Wine. He is originally from Rhode Island, which is where he found his appreciation for food and wine. His mother and father influenced him as a child by exposing him to best seasonal flavors of New England.
Jason started his restaurant career as a busser at the age of 15 when he stepped in for his absent brother. He worked his way through college in New York at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy at any restaurant that would have him. His love of food and wine inspired and provided for him in between theater jobs in New York until wine ultimately became his muse.
Before leaving the floor for the dark side, he was the Wine Director at Tony Mantuano’s restaurant Spiaggia in Chicago. Jason worked as the Sommelier at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, an Auberge Resort in S.C. As well as positions at Gotham Bar and Grill; Geronimo Restaurant; and The Old House Restaurant.
In 2017 Jason started working with Scarpetta. Scarpetta was born 10 years ago in Friuli Venezia – Giulia, Italia, making delicious, everyday wines that speak of place.