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

  • ​The 7 Deadly Sins. Harvest Dinner, Thursday 10/5/17

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

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.

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The 7 Deadly Sins : A Dining Experience

Our culinary dinners can be sinfully decadent and spiritually uplifting at the same time. Our chefs explore the fine line between sin and virture 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

WRATH. You killed my father, prepare to die:
Roasted Bone Marrow, nitro boursin cheese,red molé, French bread, pea shoots, sorrel, Korean chili

ENVY. Green with envy:

phyllo nest, Romanesco, pea powder, Herb crusted mint pesto lamb lollipop

GREED. Show me the Money:

mini Beef Wellington, mushroom duxelle, Butter poached potato, gold flake, savory carrot puree  

GLUTTONY. Food is not evil:

Duck, fois gras butter, Robochon-style mashed potato, cherry gastrique

LUST. Desire is a hunger to be served:
Oysters, pomegranate granitas, dry ice, fig, pickled shallot

PRIDE. The higher you climb, the heavier you fall:
Pan seared monkfish, chipotle aioli, warm bacon jam, Nitro cauliflower “couscous,” roasted edamame

SLOTH. Just do it. Later. Much later:

Dessert horseshoe. Funnel cake frites, sabayan “cheese” sauce, caramelized bananas on sweet French toast

It was Pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. - St. Augustine

Danenberger Family Vineyards

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

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