In a development that, coming on the same day as Janet Rausa Fuller's resignation, leaves us wondering about the rule of threes, Lettuce Entertain You celebrity sommelier Alpana Singh tweeted shortly before lunch: "After 12 incredible years, today is my last day at Lettuce Entertain You. Excited for new adventures ahead!" Although the blog post that follows at her site doesn't specify what the new adventure is, exactly, it will be in Chicago. And she pays tribute to Lettuce for a dozen years of growth that began with Jean Joho hiring her at Everest and encouraging her to get her Master Sommelier certification.
I joined the company after moving to Chicago to join the team at Everest as their sommelier. I will forever be grateful to Chef J. Joho for taking a chance and giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. He taught me a tremendous amount about the art of service and the culture of food and wine. Chef Joho and the staff at Everest could not have been more supportive of my endeavors, both on the floor and off, and to that end, in 2003, I completed my goal of becoming a Master Sommelier.
After five years on the floor, I joined the corporate office in 2005 as the Director of Wine and Spirits and found new challenges extending well beyond the restaurant. I have had the great privilege to work with some of the most dynamic, thoughtful, and creative entrepreneurs in the restaurant industry. The volume of talent within this organization never ceased, or ceases, to amaze me. I have made lifelong friends, and though I will miss working with them, I look forward to our continued friendship.
Without saying anything about the nature of her plans, she concludes:
My plans will keep me in Chicago, as I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else again.
New Adventures on the Horizon [Alpanasingh.com]