Tasting Culture Through Wine.
Anthropologist and attorney Jill Bennett Gaieski and attorney and wine educator Lori Kettering Knauer, are the founders of Village Vine, a wine bar and bistro in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Village Vine brings together unique, delicious, affordable wines by the glass, flight and bottle from around the world, paired with shared plates made from local and regional ingredients to their guests eager to learn about and experience the joys of lesser known wine-producing locales and the food that accompanies them. Featured wines come from national and international family and small collective producers, often made from indigenous grapes that Americans are only just beginning to discover. Lori and Jill believe that wine can be an important key to understanding and appreciating the uniqueness of a culture. What is important to a people is often found in their wines. The dynamic, hand selected wine list, combined with a regional menu will enhance guest dining experiences because included with each taste is a story, a people and a place that can be new and engaging.
Lori and Jill both live in Swarthmore - Lori, with husband Craig, son Jake and dog Belle, Jill - with husband David, two sons Ethan and Clay and dogs Ginger and Hazel.
Everyone Knows It's Whitney!
Whitney Standish has worked in the hospitality industry for the last twenty years in positions ranging from bartender, server, restaurant manager, wine buyer, beverage director, private event specialist, marketing and project managment. Her main focus for the last 10 years has been opening and managing fine dining restaurants in Philadelphia, Arizona, South Carolina and DC.
Whitney came to Village Vine to help consult with opening, but after falling in love with the concept (and the owners!), she stayed on to help manage the restaurant and create our craft cocktails. Her love for the culinary world is obvious in her work and her attention to detail.
Whitney grew up locally and moved back just over a year ago. She is thrilled to be involved in a local project and believes Village Vine is exactly what Swarthmore has been waiting for. Whitney has five sisters and is very close with her family -- all local as well. She has a dog named Poppy and loves to be active with her pup during her free time.