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Priscila Satkoff


Hailing from Colonia San Angel, Mexico City, Chef Priscila Satkoff grew up in a place where the culture of food and entertaining was a staple in and of itself. It was because of her family, and the characters and appetites that come with it that Chef Satkoff first fell in love with the lush simplicity that is great cooking. As a child often was the time she could be found alongside her mother and grandmother, preparing meals for the family, absorbing cooking techniques and their unique flair for entertaining; many of these very same recipes can be found in use at her award winning restaurant, Salpicón, even today.

Chef Satkoff, upon earning a degree in Art History from the University of Mexico (UNAM) and while prolifically studying for her master’s degree, met her soon-to-be husband Vincent Satkoff while on vacation in Cozumel. Chef Satkoff soon found her way to Chicago, where she continued her master’s studies while working at Frontera Grill and Topolobampo with Chef Rick Bayless —still, Chef Satkoff found herself longing nostalgic about those days back home in her Mother’s and Grandmother’s kitchens, watching her family devour those authentic and creative meals. This longing soon got the best of her and in1995 Chef Satkoff found herself opening a restaurant of her own, working alongside her husband at the award-winning Salpicón, in Chicago.

Chef Satkoff’s passion and unique culinary fingerprint has since paid off with countless accolades from the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, TV Food Network, Chicago Sun-Times, as well as being named “Chef to Watch” and “Rising Star Chef” by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, and co-hosting the TV Food Network’s show “Melting Pot.” Over the years Chef Satkoff’s star has continued to shine from publishing The Salpicón Cookbook to being named “One of the Top Chefs of Mexico” by Larousse Gastronomique. Most recently, September 2011 saw the induction of Chef Satkoff into the Chicago Culinary Museum’s ‘Chefs Hall of Fame’. In honor of her induction, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed September 29, 2011 as “Chef Priscila Satkoff Day”.

Vincent Satkoff

wine director/proprietor

A true Chicagoan, Vincent Satkoff was born and raised on the city’s famed South Side. Upon Vincent’s graduation from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a degree in Restaurant Management Vincent found his way at a progression of well respected local Chicago restaurants so as to learn the business the only way one truly can; from the ground up. Along this path, Vince established himself at Gordon Sinclair’s eponymous restaurant Gordon, where Vincent fine-tuned his mastery of fine dining entertainment. Named “One of Dining’s Magnificent Seven” by the Chicago Tribune, Vincent followed his time at Gordon with the opening of Gabino Sotelino’s nationally renowned restaurant, Ambria, and later in California at celebrated Chef Jeremiah Tower’s distinguished restaurants Santa Fe Bar & Grill and Stars. However, it was while on a seemingly destined vacation to Cozumel, Mexico that Vincent’s journey reached its peak; a trip that lead to his fated romance with his soon-to-be wife and partner Priscila. Together they returned to Vincent’s beloved Chicago where Vincent first became the maître d’ at Spiaggia and Park Hyatt’s La Tour before the two opened a nationally celebrated restaurant of their own, Salpicón, in January of 1995.

Vincent’s passion for wine and accomplished palate earned him an Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator in 1996 thru 2002 and a Best of Award of Excellence from 2002 to the present. The Wine Enthusiast also has recognized Vincent’s Restaurant, Salpicón, with its highest honor; the Award of Ultimate Distinction. Salpicón has been rated excellent by Zagat from 1995 to the present and since 2011 Salpicón has been honored with the DiRoNA award for excellence in dining.

Wanda Cole-Nicholson

advanced sommelier/manager

Raised in St. Louis, Missouri by parents who owned retail liquor stores, it was only natural that Wanda Cole took an interest to wine and spirits. As a server at Blue Water Grill Wanda participated in weekly beverage class. In spring of 2007 she was given the opportunity to sit for The Court of Master Sommeliers introductory exam and passed having been in the wine industry for only a few months.

Wanda has been fortunate to have worked for world class establishments and institutions including Kendall College, Mercat a la Planxa, NAHA, and BR Guest Restaurants. Through these culinary experiences, she has been inspired to create pairings that would not only compliment but also showcase the complexities of different cuisine. While working at Chicago’s upscale restaurants, Wanda has crafted and implemented customized wine training programs.

In October of 2009 she created Vinterpretation offering a vast scope of services. She offers beverage education via lecture, facilitation, individual curriculum development and blind tasting to both consumers and hospitality professionals. Wine consulting, event planning and assistance are also offered.

Wanda is currently the sommelier at Salpicón in Chicago, Illinois. She is responsible for the direction of the award-winning renowned wine program.

Her education includes the Advanced Sommelier Certification (July  2014) from The Court of Master Sommeliers and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri in Spanish. When not working or studying she spends much of her free time traveling and tasting wines from all over the world, as well as educating others on the joy of wine.

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