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 Leeper. 

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.


Pairing Dinner Reservations


To make a reservation for pairing dinners, or for further information, please fill out the contact form below. Our staff will contact you shortly.

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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CHEF'S TABLE PRESENTS
JOURNEY: A Dining Experience


1- (Tartare) Yellowfin Tuna. Avocado. Garlic soy. Rainbow micro-green salad with pickled shishito peppers and shallots. Toasted sesame seeds. Roasted garlic brioche crostini. Sweet soy & ponzu reduction.
2- (Salad) Mesclun Mix. Basil. Mint. Pickled blackberries. Blueberry. French breakfast radish. Purple cherokee tomato. Peach vinaigrette. Dehydrated peach chips.
3- (Pork) Sweet tea brined Berkshire pork loin. Brown butter & boursin cheese mashed potatoes. Shaved rhubarb. Arugula. Tangelo orange. Blood orange caviar. Confit pork belly. Gran marnier glaze.
4- (Beef Carpaccio) Thinly sliced smoked filet. Caper berries. Black truffle caviar. Lava salt. Extra virgin olive oil. 
5- (Nero) Squid Ink Spaghetti. Mint. Basil. Anaheim chile. Crab meat. Uni butter. Lemon. Uni.
6- (Caribou lou) Vanilla Bean & Coconut Panna Cotta. Dragonfruit. Passion fruit gelee. Pineapple rum sorbet. Toasted coconut. Vanilla cookie crumble.



Pairing Dinner Reservations

Danenberger Family Vineyards

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

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

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.

NOT AVAILABLE FOR RESERVATIONS