Who Are You?
A Southerner who worked as a PR and restaurant consultant for the most notable chefs in the world conceptualizing restaurants and launching the first US Michelin Guide in NYC. Now, I am an avid food explorer writing about chefs, restaurants, natural wine, and food culture. When I’m not leading private food & wine tours in Venice and documents my eating + drinking travels on Instagram.
How Did You End Up in Europe?
Originally from the Deep South, I grew up shrimping & fishing in the early mornings on the Gulf of Mexico with my grandfather. I later worked in marketing at Southern Living Magazine during college, then as a student journalist for Parliament in London. During a graduation weekend in Paris, I fell down an Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole and landed at the most wonderful Mad Hatter’s tea party with all these crazy chef characters eating & drinking for 12-hours from lunch to dinner around the table. In the South, we call this “linner.” They became friends, as curious about food, wine, and restaurants as I was – and I was hooked enough to move to Paris.
For over 20 years, we traveled the world together in search of amazing new places and people just on a day off. It was then that the “Linner Club” was born.
Several years ago, when I organized a ” linner” day for us in Venice Italy – crabbing, fishing, and cooking in the lagoon – Chef Yves Camdeborde said, “Now we see why you come so often here – this must remind you of your childhood with your grandfather!” It was then and there that I realized the lagoon had stolen my heart and I was never going to leave.
Why Did You Create This Site?
I literally eat in restaurants with my chef & winemaking friends for every meal, every single day. In fact, it is why my favorite thing to make for dinner is reservations. Because of our travels, I am constantly asked where we went, who we met, what we did, and where we ate. This is our list.
What Are The Criteria You Use To Choose The Places Featured On Your Website?
The business should be:
- A place I enjoy, that is comfortable, fun and friendly
- Run by owners/staff living in the area/region/state/country
- Respectful of its employees and customers
- Proud to source high-quality regional product(s) including important details like bread, butter, coffee
- Cooking with a high-quality product
- Championing local culture and traditions
- Frequented by like-minded locals
- Run sustainably for the current generation without compromising future generations to meet their own needs.
Can You Show Me Around?
Absolutely. I share my time in the food city on an island in the lagoon that captured my heart. Check out my popular private food & wine tours in Venice, Italy. She has been named: One of the Top 10 Food Guides in the World – The Wall Street Journal, One of the Top 6 Food City Tours in the World – The Sunday Times, The “Ultimate Food Insider” and “On a First Name Basis With Every ‘it’ Chef” – Travel & Leisure Magazine, Wendy Lyn is the “hyperconnected private guide behind Paris Is My Kitchen” – Food & Wine Magazine
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