Michael was the visionary of the wine emporium concept, Vino Venue. Michael spoke on wine-related subject matter to consumer and trade groups routinely, and held wine qualifications from the most recognized credentialing bodies.
Michael believed that wine is meant to be shared. His legacy, Vino Venue/Atlanta Wine School, embodies that idea by providing an environment with a solid “vibe” and excellent wine, beer and cuisine options.
Managing Partner & Event Sales
Lelia manages the more than 300 private events that Vino Venue produces annually. Prior to opening Vino Venue with her husband, Lelia worked in advertising and marketing for large brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, The Travel Channel, The Weather Channel and United Healthcare. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and holds a Level 2 certification from WSET. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
Chef Patric graduated with Highest Honors from The Art Institute Of Atlanta’s School Of Culinary Arts. He has worked all levels of foodservice in his career, from fast food to Jewish delis to fine dining including the West Egg Café and The Barrelhouse. Chef Patric was also named “Best Local Chef” by GA Voice readers in 2015.
Director of Education, Events & Marketing
Lizette was born and raised in New Orleans by Argentine/Italian and Cuban/Spanish parents, Lizette’s passion for wine and food is a direct result of her multi-cultural upbringing. Following a successful career as a cpa, Lizette launched a food and wine blog, Gourmet Uncorked.
Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Specialist of Spirits, Wine and Spirits Educational Trust Level III (With Distinction), Wine and Spirits Educational Trust Level II (With Distinction)
Beverage Director & Partner
Rob Van Leer
Rob joined Vino Venue with over 20 years of restaurant experience. His role as Beverage Director and Partner of Vino Venue includes retail wine sales, wine club, virtual wine tastings and restaurant beverage program. Rob is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers and has visited many wine regions; both USA and international.
Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine, Wine & Spirits Education Trust Level III (with distinction), BarSmarts Advanced Certificate