Tom Van Lente Culinary

Chef Tom Van Lente

The Epic Story Of My Culinary Journey

Having been born into the hospitality industry, becoming a lover of good food and being a natural “people person”, I understand that food truly does bring people together. My goal is to bring good food and good people together in a way that honors both. I know that eating and drinking around the dinner table is a wonderful way to honor the past, enjoy the present and anticipate the future!

My years in the food industry have been a wild and wonderful ride, including stints as a cook or chef at award-winning restaurants including Landmark Bar and Grill (BoKa Restaurant Group), Westend Bar and Grill (Four Corners Tavern Group), Big Star (One Off Hospitality), TWO Restaurant and Bar, Drury Lane Theater, White Oak Tavern & Inn and The Winchester. During that time, I worked with and learned from some amazing chefs and restaurateurs who pushed me to work hard and present guests with amazing food. I feel honored to have been recognized as a “Rising Star Chef” by The James Beard Foundation as well as one of “30 Chefs in the Country to Watch” by Plate Magazine, 2 time nominee for the Jean Banchet Awards, as well as accolades from the Michelin Guide, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Scene, Time Out Chicago, among others.

Types of Events


A formal dinner party

A wine-tasting-and-appetizer party

Bourbon and BBQ tailgate before the game

Casual brunch with friends

And so much more....

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