Emile Amarotico joined the Ashland Food Co-op in 2013. Prior to that he was the General Manager of the Medford Food Co-op and lead its successful launch in 2011. Formerly he was President and General Manager of Standing Stone Brewing Co., a 200-seat, full-service restaurant and microbrewery in Ashland, Oregon.
Prior to co-founding Standing Stone Brewing Co. in 1996, Emile worked as a business systems and operational consultant with Arthur Anderson & Co. He has also taught accounting and food and beverage management as an adjunct instructor at Southern Oregon University.
Emile has over thirty years of food service and restaurant experience, including stints as a Merchant Marine, as cook aboard the 144-foot barkentine Regina Maris, and as Executive Chef opening Boz Scaggs’ Blue Light Cafe in San Francisco.
He graduated summa cum laude from Southern Oregon University with a BS in Accounting and Computer Information Systems and is an honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, New York. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a certified Food Management Professional.
Emile is active with the Ashland Rotary Club, sits on the Board of Trustees of the Ashland Family YMCA, is a member of the Southern Oregon University Alumni Association Board, is past Treasurer of the Oregon Restaurant Education Foundation, and past Treasurer of the University Toastmasters Club.
Emile and his wife, fellow Culinary Institute of America graduate Karen Amarotico, have two children, both graduates of Ashland High School. His many interests include motorcycle touring, skiing, backpacking, and dining with family and friends.