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 and 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 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! I decided that my calling was food and cooking, not selling advertising space, so I quit my job and started a full time program at the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center). After graduating, I worked at some of New York City's top restaurants. I also delved into catering, food styling and recipe development for magazines.
My love of well-crafted food naturally spilled over into a passion for wine and spirits and in 2012 I began working as a sales associate at Sherry-Lehmann in NYC. While there, I had the opportunity to taste some amazing wine and spirits and meet the people who make and market them. I also started to write this blog as a way to share my passion. Currently I am a sales associate at Grape Collective on the Upper West Side and write for their online magazine.
Please join me on a food and wine adventure!
** Some of the products covered in The Wine Chef have been provided as complimentary samples, but all opinions are my own. I accept samples with gratitude and do my best to learn and evaluate the product, but coverage isn't guaranteed.
2017: Winner of the Millesima Blog Awards in the Wine & Food Pairing category
2018: Fellow at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers