Co-Owner and Sommelier
Born and raised in Brookline, one of Steve Bowman’s favorite childhood memories is of dining at local Coolidge Corner institution, the Harvard Street Grill, at age five and looking at the servers around him, telling his father, “I want to do that.”
After briefly studying philosophy at Dickinson College, Steve left to pursue his dream of being a chef. Instead, while working at a restaurant before applying to culinary school, he fell in love with what he learned in the front of the house and became determined to pursue a career in service and wine.
Returning home, he spent several years as a wine buyer for century-old V. Cirace & Son, a fine wine retailer in the North End, where he learned about the business and craft of wine. Missing the excitement of service, Steve joined the opening team at Russell House Tavern in Spring 2010 as a server and bartender where he met his future business partner, Andrew Foster. He then landed a position at Menton, spending his final year as Captain. While working under James Beard award-winning Wine Director Cat Silirie, Steve became a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers and Certified Specialist of Wine by the Society of Wine Educators, and earned his advanced certificate from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.
Steve opened Fairsted Kitchen in late October 2013 with Andrew Foster where he brings his vast knowledge about wine and enthusiasm for hospitality to guests as a part of the restaurant’s warm and intimate dining experience.