Lindsey began her journey in the hospitality industry at the age of 16 as a cake decorator followed by serving at restaurants by age 18. After graduating from Kendall College in 2006 with a degree in Hospitality Management she sought to expand her professional experience and returned in 2014 as a student of the Wine Professional Program, earning her Level III Sommelier Certification. Lindsey has been a Level I Wine Apprentice instructor at Kendall College since 2017.
Throughout her career, Lindsey has been a partner and investor with several different restaurant concepts in Chicago. She has consulted and assisted with opening several current and past restaurants in the city. With a passion and understanding of wine and wine connoisseurs alike, Lindsey opened Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar in June 2019. In November 2021, Uvae was expanded to include The Fromagerie & Tasting Room featuring retail wine & cheese, weekly wine classes and as a private event space.
Outside of the restaurant, Lindsey spends time traveling with her husband and family, currently checking off the National Parks, visiting tropical destinations in the depth of the Chicago winters, and of course, wine centered destinations. She also enjoys cooking, entertaining and gardening and giving back to the community by volunteering and supporting local non profit organizations. Uvae supports The Evolved Network, Care for Real & The Chicago French Bulldog Rescue as our dedicated charities, hosting events and supporting fundraisers throughout the year.
Born and raised in New England, Aaron Drost relocated from Boston over 3 years ago. With hands-on experience with service and event coordination, hospitality has always been his driving force. A self-proclaimed ‘history nerd’, his passion for storytelling and ‘armchair travel’ is what makes him most excited about wine! He loves to analyze (and drink!) wine, but the story of the producers, the specialty of the land and the history of the region are just as important to him as the final product in your glass. Beyond that, Aaron is just as passionate about Cheese, as all cheese has a story too! As our Cheesemonger, Aaron is excited to continue to provide dynamic offerings on our cheese board. While he officially resides in Edgewater, he is proud to be part of the Andersonville community.
Emily started her journey in the restaurant industry at 17 answering phones at a small pizza place in the burbs of Chicago. She graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelors in Advanced Culinary Arts and Hospitality in 2015, in under 3 years. Throughout the past 10 years, she has worked in an array of kitchens, from steakhouses and American fare, to caviar service, Jewish delis, and Lebanese. The ability to create magic from seemingly boring ingredients, and creating memories for her customers is what ignites her passion for cooking and hospitality.
Emily’s food is heavily influenced by Korean fare, but her favorite cuisine will always be Italian. Her interest peaked for food when she visited her Sicilian Irish grandparents in Brooklyn as a child, and hasn’t looked back since! She lives in Willowbrook with her chef husband and her two dogs, Coraline and Blanche Deveraux (big Golden Girls fan!), and her bunny Prince.
Her life outside the restaurant includes spending time with her pets and stepdaughter, all things Halloween, dad jokes, and quite conveniently, wine!
Paul Downs is Chicago native through and through. He has worked in just about every capacity between service and retail settings, from Dishwasher to Chef and Deli Clerk to General Manager. The “1+1=3” food and beverage pairing concept learned when he worked in the coffee industry as an English major at Marquette University has fueled a non-stop 20+ year journey through food and wine. When he’s not crunching numbers or searching for the off-the-beaten-path things for our Wine & Cheese Club members to explore, you can find him soaking up the sun at many of Chicago’s summer festivals or the beach; in his kitchen whipping something up for his husband and friends; or on the road exploring the wine and food scene in cities all over, looking for the next cool idea to bring into the Fromagerie!