Eleanor Leger, Owner, Eden Specialty Ciders
What did you study at Harvard?
Were you involved with any food or wine activities while a student?
I worked occasionally as a bartender at the Lincoln’s Inn Club and was perhaps a little more adventurous than most in getting over to Boston to try out restaurants in Chinatown, the North End, etc. The drinking age was going up, but it wasn’t yet an inhibitor :)
Do you think that Harvard has prepared you for a career in food and wine or hospitality in general? If so, how?
Harvard prepared me very well for my first career in management consulting and business and product strategy. Food and wine were always a passion of mine, but primarily as a consumer! Of course being an undergraduate at Harvard means exposure to the world of ideas, to critical thinking, and to people from other cultures, and that is a foundation that supports success in any career.
What work do you do now?
For the past 10 years I’ve been the founder and owner of Eden Specialty Ciders, a premier producer of high-end alcoholic ciders based in Vermont. We are a small, but growing company focused on developing the wine-style ‘Heritage’ segment of the cider market. I run the business day-to-day and spend a lot of time on the road promoting our ciders in key urban markets in the 17 states and DC where we have distribution. I’ve also been a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the United States Association of Cider Makers, and a member of the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board.
Websites that are relevant to your work or special interests:
Eden Specialty Ciders: www.edenciders.com
United States Association of Cider Makers: ciderassociation.org