Welcome to my table.

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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!  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 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 the people who make and market them.  Currently I am a sales associate at Grape Collective wine shop on the Upper West Side and I write 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 that I would like to share with you, my readers!    Please join me on a food and wine adventure!


The Wine Chef arrives in Bordeaux!  Chateau Pichon Baron

The Wine Chef arrives in Bordeaux!  Chateau Pichon Baron

The Wine Chef was chosen out of 400 entries as one of six 2017 Blog Awards winners sponsored by Millesima!  Each finalist (there were 18) received a magnum of 2011 Chateau Pichon Baron, 2nd Classified Growth in Pauillac and one of Chateau Suduiraut, 1st Classified Growth in Sauternes.  The winners were awarded  a once-in-a-lifetime all-expenses paid trip to Bordeaux during En Primeur week in April of 2017!!  

The 2017 Millesima Blog Award Winners at the awards dinner in the Millesima warehouse

The 2017 Millesima Blog Award Winners at the awards dinner in the Millesima warehouse

The Millesima 2017 Blog Award winners heading into the En Primeur tasting in Bordeaux.

The Millesima 2017 Blog Award winners heading into the En Primeur tasting in Bordeaux.