Torrey & Jennifer Bingham
Torrey and Jennifer Bingham met in college, when Torrey spent his summers running the Crystal View Café on the shores of Crystal Lake, and Jennifer studied abroad in Australia, where she discovered her calling amongst the vineyards. In 2008 they got married in Frankfort.
They moved to Chicago where Torrey worked as a sales manager at a safety engineering company and Jennifer was the Wine Director at a boutique wine shop. By the time she was 24, Jen was on Michigan Avenue running the hottest wine bar in the city as ENO’s Wine Director.
Torrey’s job brought them to Tampa in 2009, where Jen worked as a wine distributor. One of her clients was selling his wine shop, so together Torrey and Jennifer took the plunge. They remodeled the space in order to add a wine bar. At first, it was just the two of them, with Jen pouring wine and Torrey making cheese plates and scrubbing dishes in the back. Today, Cru Cellars in Tampa has doubled its seating capacity, grown its staff of sommeliers, and added a full kitchen with an award winning menu. They are very proud that Cru has been voted the Best Wine Bar in Tampa Bay four years in a row. Taking their experience home to Frankfort and opening Cru Cellars on Main Street is a dream-come-true for them both, and they are excited for a great fifth Summer for Cru Michigan!