Farrell Distributing is proud to help co-host New England Cooks locally here in Vermont. Stuart Timmons, and / or Donald MacDonald join Tony each episode to guide the wine and beer portion, obviously the best part! Perfectly crafting a pairing that helps compliment the chef’s dish and hopefully creating some inspiration for the viewers to explore on their own at home is always our hope. After receiving the menu Stuart and Donald get to work on the perfect pairing. Both fine wine and craft beer experts, culinary trained, and overall incredibly tuned into the local food scene help guide their decisions. This partnership helps us highlight our world class portfolio
Stuart Timmons, Area Sales Manager – Wine & Craft Beer Specialist
Stuart is a graduate of Johnson & Wales Charleston, South Carolina campus with an Associates in Culinary Arts. He worked at the Charleston Grill, a four-star, five-diamond restaurant in Charleston, under Chef Bob Waggoner. After moving to Vermont, Stuart began working at the Wyndham Hotel in Burlington, Vermont as its Food and Beverage Director. He has been employed by Farrell Distributing for the last 10 years, where he is a Fine Wine Area Sales Manager. During this time, he completed Level 3 of the WSET exam and is currently enrolled in the WSET diploma program. He has also completed the Certified Specialist of Wine program with the Society of Wine Educators and is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server. Stuart is an avid mountain biker and back country skier, and enjoys spending time on Lake Champlain in the summer with his beautiful wife and two sons.
Donald Macdonald – Small Format Sales Manager – Wine & Craft Beer Specialist
I am a Graduate of New England Culinary Institute with both an AOS in culinary arts and a degree in Food & Beverage Management. I have worked at a number of restaurants/resorts over my 14 year career in F&B from being a line cook at The Hilton at Short Hills, to a Sous Chef at The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, and also with Sugarbush Ski Resort as the Food and Beverage Manager. I have been with Farrell Distributing for over eleven years and am currently a Area Sales Manager, Brand Manager, & Wine Educator for the company. I oversee 3 Fine Wine and Craft Beer salespeople and 1 Route Jumper with a territory from Middlebury to Burlington as well as into Richmond and Stowe. I have also had the opportunity to do many TV spots as a wine personality for Farrell’s teaching about wine regions, styles, & pairings for both channel 3 news as well as New England Cooks. I have completed level 3 WSET and will be completing the level 4 Diploma program this fall. I have also completed the certified specialist of wine program with the society of wine educators and am Cicerone Certified. I have also been directly involved in several charity events such as the Travis Roy Foundation Wine Event which is in its 8th year and I have also been on the Board for Stowe Wine & Food Festival for the past 3 years.
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