Tasting Counter
Tasting Counter
Somerville, MA

About Us

 
We provide the owners and managers of independent restaurants with outsourced bookkeeping services so that they can focus on their businesses.

Our team has decades of restaurant bookkeeping and operational experience which allows us to understand our clients' needs and offer valuable insight.

We're also...
sailors,
travelers,

musicians,
rowers,
artists,
farmers,

tennis players,
yarners,

and dog lovers.
 

Benson Willis

Partner
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For over thirty-five years, Benson has worked within the restaurant and hotel industry.  Prior to co-founding Bistro Accounting, he was the general manager of Hotel Veritas, The Inn at Castle Hill, Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, and the Bulfinch Hotel, as well as the financial controller for Mistral, the staff accountant for the Four Seasons Hotel Boston, and the financial manager for the Algonquin Club. His front-of-house managerial experience includes the Four Seasons Hotel Boston, XV Beacon, the Boston Harbor Hotel, and Radius.

Ideal meal

Charred Watermelon with Sea Salt, Rib Eye Steak with Corn on the Cob, and real Key Lime Pie
 

Sit at the bar or a table

Bar for the random conversations with strangers and to watch the bartenders at work
 

Coffee or tea

Strong dark coffee with a little sugar

When not working

Currently on a very long cross-country trip from Florida to Alaska and back

Daniel Avery

Partner
Dan Avery

Prior to co-founding Bistro Accounting, Dan oversaw financial services for Columbus Hospitality Group for which included Mistral, Sorellina, Teatro, Mooo...., L'Andana, XV Beacon, and the Inn at St. Botolph. 

Dan served in the United States Marine Corps from 1987 to 1993.

Ideal meal

Two pounds of steamers and a Harpoon IPA in New England

Sit at the bar or a table

Bar stools

Coffee or tea

Lavazza coffee gets my blood flowing in the morning

When not working

Close to, on, or in salt water

Alison Doughty

Account Manager

Ideal meal

Two crispy fried runny eggs on toast with avocado and sautéed spinach with lots of salt and hot sauce

Sit at the bar or a table

High top table

Coffee or tea

Double shot of espresso over ice with hazelnut milk 

Ashley Guerrero

Account Associate

Ideal meal

Crab legs with Old Bay Seasoning, a side of crispy cajun fries, and a Tecate with lime

Sit at the bar or a table

Bar!

Coffee or tea

Vietnamese iced coffee

When not working

Can be seen around Chicago venues attending or playing shows with my bands.

 

Sharyn Shields

Account Manager

Ideal meal

Spiral ham, sage sausage dressing, sweet potato souffle, and pecan pie

Sit at the bar or a table

Bar

Coffee or tea

Hot mint tea with honey, no coffee for me.

Hilary Lockwood

Account Associate

Ideal meal
Any meal that starts with oysters and bubbles

Sit at the bar or a table

Bar

Coffee or tea

Assam tea with five crushed cardamom pods, honey and a generous amount of milk

When not working

I love baking bread, being outdoors, and anything yarn related.

Karen Dorr

Account Manager

Ideal meal

Anything seafood and a local craft beer

Sit at the bar or a table

Bar

Coffee or tea

Just a "little coffee" with my cream!