- Valparaiso, IN
- Current City
- Chicago, IL
Elizabeth Mendez has gained a reputation for her unwavering commitment to hospitality throughout the Chicago restaurant scene. While financing her education at DePaul University, Mendez began to wait tables at some of Chicago’s most well known restaurants, the passion of the food and wine bug hit, and Mendez never looked back. Working under the well known Benny Siddu, owner of Volare and Benny’s Chophouse, is where Mendez first fell in love with the wine business, which continues today. Mendez further honed her hospitality skills working for the famed Gibson’s Restaurant Group. Mendez brought over fifteen years of experience to the table when joining the opening management team at the popular Carnivale. Currently Mrs. Mendez is pursuing the opening of her own wine bar and restaurant, Uva, with husband and Chef Mark Mendez.
Work Experience: Culinary
Title: Wine Director/Owner
Title: Wine Director
Chef: Mark Mendez
Was on opening staff
Employment: Aug 2005 - Sep 2010
Work Experience: Non-Culinary
Clear Channel Communications
Title: Senior Account Executive
Responsibilities: Maintained advertising, marketing and sales accounts for award winning radio stations throughout the United States.
Employment: Jun 2000 - Jul 2005
De Paul University
Bachelor of Arts
Behind the Line: Elizabeth Mendez
Background (8% complete)From childhood influences through career development to that “aha” moment
Your Career (5% complete)Education, experience and the future
On the Job (5% complete)Life behind the stoves or bar — and on the front lines
Inspirations (3% complete)The people, food and beverage, culture and experiences that drive all that passion
Philosophies (30% complete)Thoughtful takes on all things culinary
Off the Clock (13% complete)Dining and drinking, home and hobbies, vacations and volunteering… the pros take time off
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