Welcome to my table.

Hello!  My name is Lisa Denning.  I started this blog as a way to express my love and passion for food as well as the wine and spirits which I believe are an essential ingredient on every dining table.  

Way back when, I was a Bates College graduate living the life in NYC.  I had several jobs in the business world, mostly in publishing.  I finally landed a great job in advertising sales at the highly esteemed New York Times.  But each week I would find myself sitting at my desk, reading and clipping the recipes from the food section.  I would call my best friend and say, "did you see such and such recipe?  Doesn't that look so good?!"  I felt more excited about those recipes than I did about the ad space I was selling.  The funny thing is, I didn't know how to cook!  Eventually I decided that my calling was probably not ad sales, but food and cooking so I quit my job and started a full time program at the French Culinary Institute.   After graduating, I started my career in the food world by cooking in some of New York City's top restaurants. I also delved into catering and food styling,  as well as recipe development for magazines.  

My love of well-crafted food then spilled over into a passion for wine and spirits.  Working for several years at Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits in NYC,  I had the opportunity to taste the highest quality wines and spirits of the world and meet with the people who make and market them.  Currently I am a salesperson at the Grape Collective wine shop as well as a writer for their online magazine.  Years of experience both as a chef and now as a wine professional have strengthened my ability to create memorable dining experiences.  I would like to share all this with you, my readers!    Please join me on a food and wine adventure!

January 2017:  The Wine Chef is nominated as one of 18 finalists for the 2017 Millesima Blog Awards!  Each finalist received a magnum of 2011 Chateau Pichon Baron, 2nd Classified Growth in Pauillac and one of Chateau Suduiraut, 1st Classified Growth in Sauternes.  Winners are awarded  an all-expenses paid trip to Bordeaux during En Primeur week this April!!