Waterleaf Earns 2014 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

By Amy Calhoun

Waterleaf restaurant in Glen Ellyn is one of just 11 restaurants in DuPage County to receive a prestigious “2014 Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator magazine.

This is the third consecutive year the restaurant has earned this prestigious award, which is rare for a newly established restaurant. Wine Spectator’s comprehensive World’s Best Wine Lists has been compiled annually by the magazine since 1981. Entrants are considered for these awards from all 50 states and 65 countries worldwide.

“We are pleased to be recognized by Wine Spectator three years in a row,” said Jean Pierre Leroux, General Manager of Waterleaf and the Inn at Water’s Edge. “This is an incredible accomplishment for our restaurant.”

The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants “whose wine lists offers interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.” Included in the specs for consideration are the categories: Wine Director/Sommelier; Wine Strengths, Wine Selections, Prices, Corkage, and Cuisine Type and Menu Prices.

“The selection and pairing of fine wine with incredible food is something we do extremely well at Waterleaf,” Leroux said. “This sharing of information helps us to create a genuine rapport with our patrons. We are happy that this attention to detail – a wine collection that matches the high standards of our service, atmosphere and cuisine – has been recognized through this award.”

Waterleaf in Glen Ellyn features a contemporary approach to fine dining led by Chef Nadia Tilkian, who has created summer lunch and dinner menus that highlight the use of locally-grown, seasonal ingredients.

The fine-dining restaurant has earned Diner’s Choice Awards for Best Ambience, Best Overall, Best Service, Fit for Foodies and Special Occasion on OpenTable.com, where it maintains a 4.6/5.0 rating.  

Waterleaf will host its third annual Food and Wine Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 3 to 6 p.m. Area distributors will showcase more than 100 different wines at the event, which will also feature live music, Hors d’ Oeuvres and take-home gifts for each guest.

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