Melody Wolfertz, owner and chef of In Good Company, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1988 where she was awarded the Francis L Roth award for outstanding performance — she completed her externship at the prestigious Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. From there she moved home to work at the Sail Loft in Rockport before heading west. In Dallas she worked at the Crescent Club, an elite private club owned by the Rosewood Corp. She moved to Aspen, Colorado in 1992 to be Sous Chef at the historic Hotel Jerome where she was fortunate to meet and cook for Julia Child. Melody returned to Dallas, Texas to be the Pastry Chef of Baby Routh and then went on to be the chef/manager of Parigi.
She returned to her home town of Rockland in 2000 after thirteen years of chef and restaurant management experience. While managing the Wine Seller, she saw the need for a place where people could go to drink good wine in a relaxed environment. In Good Company opened in July of 2004, inspired by this wish. With great vision and a lot of help from local artisans, Melody renovated a former bank, an Italianate landmark and part of the Custom House Block. The building still includes eight walk-in vaults as evidence of its banking history. One now serves as the kitchen and another as the wine cellar for In Good Company.