WanderLust : A Chef's Table Journey

Wanderlust: experiencing the unknown, confronting unforeseen challenges, getting to know unfamiliar cultures, ways of life, a journey...

Our culinary dinners can be a welcome escape and spiritually uplifting at the same time. Our chefs explore the fine line between creative and traditional in food. 

It is well known that our chefs go well beyond the norm with their culinary technique in all of their pairing dinners at DFV.  You can literally see this for yourself, as you watch them prepare and plate your courses in our open dining kitchen. They will perform spectacular feats of molecular gastronomy, using science to transform a dish by flavor and presentation. You will be delighted by cuisine that is not only thought-provoking but also pleasing to the palate, all the while being entertained by our gastronomy theater with a front row view of our Chef De Cuisine, Zac Leepper and our Executive Chef, Clayton Danenberger at work. *reservations only. Limited seating. Includes wine and gratuity


Course 1: Charred Vadavan curry carrots, spiced creme fraiche, golden raisin compote

Course 2: Sweet corn dashi, dry aged beef yakatori

Course 3: Mediteranian salmon steamed in a banana leaf, olive tapenade, quinoa

Course 4: Berenjena en escabeche (marinated eggplant), grilled chorizo sausage, red chimichurri

Course 5: Grilled octopus, skyr, fire roasted Jerusalem artichokes, watercress puree

Course 6: Cremeux, mallow fluff tart, chocolate ganache, crushed graham cracker, honey bourbon glaze

Two ounce wine pours with each course to be determined.

$100 per person plus tax. Payment in advance required to secure your reservation.

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36 seats available

by Executive Chef Clayton Danenberger & Chef de Cuisine Zac Leepper

Danenberger Family Vineyards

12341 Irish Road, New Berlin, IL | 217-488-6321

Our Chefs

Danenberger Family Vineyards is proud to present Executive Chef Clayton Danenberger and Chef De Cuisine Zac Leepper. 

Our chefs showcase their talents in an open setting, creating gastronomy-rich full course pairing dinners with wine accompaniments. Visit our pairing dinner menu and make a reservation to delight in a convivial, yet intimate dinning experience.

Upcoming Pairing Dinners

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Chef Zac Leepper - Chef De Cuisine​

Zac joined our Dream Team after working at some incredible foodie places: Indigo, Nick and Nino's, Panther Creek, and Alinea in Chicago. As a three Michelin Star award winner, Alinea is considered by many to be one of the top 10 restaurants in the world. Under Chef Grant Achatz, Zac honed his culinary artistry as Chef De Partie. His immense knowledge of food, wine, and beer have been a wonderful asset to DFV.


Chef Clayton Danenberger - Executive Chef

​One of the only palates to rival Susan's, but with food and wine. After attending Kendall College Culinary School in Chicago, training with August Mrozowski, and working as sous chef at American Harvest Eatery, Clayton has returned to DFV; bringing his unique vision of cuisine.

To make a reservation for our Chef's Table Dinner, CLICK HERE.

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Danenberger Family Vineyards

12341 Irish Road, New Berlin, IL | 217-488-6321

Mon & Tues | Closed
Wednesday | Deliveries Only
Thursday | 12:00 - 6:00
Friday | 12:00 - 6:00
Saturday | 12:00 - 8:00
Sunday | 1:00 - 5:30