About Uvae

Our story, our work, our love.

Thank you Andersonville!

Lindsey Anderson-Perez

Lindsey Anderson-Perez  owner and sommelier of Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar

Owner Sommelier Chef

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. 

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 with local organizations like The Night Ministry’s “The Crib” shelter, where she served monthly dinners. Uvae continues to support the Night Ministry as their dedicated charity, hosting events and supporting fundraisers throughout the year.

Aaron J. Drost

Headshot for Aaron J. Drost

Sommelier Cheese Monger

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.