June 19, 2024

Christina Corvino once heard a description of “pollinators” — people who like to try different things and have experienced a little bit of everything, giving them broad perspectives about life.
The term resonated with Corvino and it helped explain a résumé that reads very differently than most, including time as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, as personal assistant to a major CEO, as organizer of fundraising events for a health care foundation and as a lifestyle company entrepreneur.
“One set of experiences has always led to intrigue in a complete other one.”
Curiously, they coalesced in her current role at Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room, a contemporary Kansas City restaurant that she opened with her husband, chef Michael Corvino, soon after getting married in 2017.
“It wasn’t something I ever thought I would be in my life, but I thought, ‘This sounds fun. I had always made 90-degree career changes, so doing something totally different was not new for me.”
Although her husband had taken a straight-line career path as a chef — including high-profile roles and recognitions — Corvino’s smattering of experiences had curated an ideal general manager. 
Her fundraising experience taught her how to write a business plan and ask investors for money, as well as how to throw a great party. Her military officer experience honed her leadership skills. Her stint as personal assistant to former Sprint CEO Gary Forsee sharpened her attention to detail.
The business has become a passion project, and the couple hopes to open more restaurants.
“We don’t see work andlife and play as a distinction from each other. That’s kindof how you have to be if you’re an entrepreneur. It is your whole life.”
– Suzanna Stagemeyer
Christina Corvino 
Owner/general manager/sommelier, Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room
Favorite everyday wine: Champagne or sparkling wine. 
“It goes with all food, which I don’t think Americans have learned yet.” She added that it pairs perfectly with fried chicken.
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