Randi Weinstein Leaving Charleston Wine + Food Festival

randi2Randi Weinstein, who spent seven years with the Charleston Wine + Food Festival and became its most recognizable face after the resignation of founding director Angel Postell, today announced her departure.

“There is a short window for me to depart for a smooth transition, and that’s now. I’m sad to go, but excited for new opportunities,” Weinstein, director of events, is quoted as saying in a release from the Festival. “My heart will always be with the Festival, and I believe it will grow and do great things in Year 10 and beyond.”

The Festival’s executive staff has been in flux since Postell stepped down from her position in March 2013. The current executive director, Gillian Zettler, was hired last November after an extensive search, although she didn’t assume the full scope of her duties until this year’s Festival was completed. And director of communications Cathryn Davis Zommer last month replaced Ashley Zink, who held the job for three years before relocating to Washington D.C.

“New beginnings are always a little exciting and a little painful — sweet and sour –- but we wish Randi great success as she tackles new ventures,” Zettler is quoted as saying.

It’s not clear how long Weinstein will remain at work, but the release says she will “help transition responsibilities to her replacement.” A replacement has not yet been hired.

“I am proud to have been associated with this amazing non-profit organization for so long, and it’s now time for this train to pull out of the Festival station and see what the next stop has in store,” Weinstein concludes.

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