Meet the Bar Pastoral team:
Beverage Buyer & Educator
A 10-year veteran of the wine industry, Mark Wrobel has worked as a wine distributor, in retail, and as a restaurant wine director. He is consistently on the lookout for exciting selections from classic and up and coming regions and brings this passion to his cultivation of the beverage program at Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine. He looks to continue running a concise, yet accessible profile of beverage options focusing on small, family-run producers of distinct quality.
Mark’s industry experience began years ago when he took a job at Fox & Obel. On his third day on the job, after only minimal training, an Englishman came in and asked him a question about Condrieu — for which he had no answer. He had to go find the manager and missed out on a chance to chat with the actor Michael Caine.
He decided that day that he didn't care whether it was Michael Caine or a tourist looking for a bottle to take to a local BYOB; he didn't want anyone to ask him a question about wine that he couldn't answer.
Mark is still dedicated to finding and providing those answers and enjoys sharing what he has learned through the education of the staff at Pastoral.
Ken’s background spans from culinary to computers. He earned his BS from the College of William & Mary and is a graduate of New York’s Peter Kump Culinary School (currently known as ICE). He studied and worked under chef David Waltuck at the award winning Chanterelle restaurant in Manhattan’s Tribeca district. Additionally, Ken ran catering operations serving the entertainment industry and practiced restaurant consulting for several celebrity clients. He has always had a love of good eating and believes that the key to great food is simplicity and perfect preparation.
He used the other side of his brain to design high-level graphic systems on nuclear submarines, complex imaging systems in the world of real estate and title insurance and software for a large technology services company. He has a hunger for learning and is always trying and tasting new things! Ken serves as Pastoral’s CFO and CTO and is responsible for our physical plant and special projects.