Daniel Lledó – CHEF & SOMMELIER
The food and wine industries are a natural for Danny Lledó. With a heritage that includes winemakers from Spain and Portugal, as well as a father who is an accomplished chef, it’s no wonder that Danny would following their footsteps. Danny’s family’s immersion in Mediterranean cuisine, have inspired him to create dishes based on these classics that utilize seasonal ingredients, incorporate appropriately bold flavors and are presented with panache.
Danny has more than a decade of experience, learning the business inside out by holding a variety of positions with industry leaders including Think Food Group and leading Spanish restaurants such as Taberna del Alabardero and Botin (known for being the world’s oldest restaurant).
In 2013, he took over management of Slate Wine Bar + Bistro in the Glover Park neighborhood in Washington, DC, now going into its third year of successful operation based on serving the best products from kitchen to plate and putting the ‘hospitality’ back into the hospitality industry.
Elizabeth Banker – FOUNDER
Elizabeth is the majority owner of Slate Wine Bar +Bistro and focuses her time on crafting the wine list and wine events. She has been intimately involved with wine and winemaking for many years, and holds a Level III-Advanced Certificate with Distinction from the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust, is a Certified Specialist of Wine, and is a French Wine Scholar. She is currently half way through studies for WSET’s Diploma in Wine and Spirits. As Managing Member of the Wine Investment Group, LLC, she was the driving force behind strategy and concept development, financing, licensing, and regulatory, legal and other issues for the launch of Slate Wine Bar. Formerly, as the owner of Capitol Cuvée Wine Consulting, LLC, she organized tasting events and wine-themed parties, and provided wine education and advice on issues such as wine collecting and travel.
Elizabeth frequently attends consumer and trade wine-tasting events, including the International Pinot Noir Celebration, Le Paulée San Francisco, and Les Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône, and visits wineries throughout the U.S., as well as in Spain, Australia, and France. A large portion of Elizabeth’s personal wine collection is now available as part of Slate’s “Private Collection” wine list.