Years of Participation
Dubbed the “global virtual wine experience guru” by The Wall Street Journal in 2020, Belinda Chang is the only bipoc woman to win a James Beard award in a drinks category, an experiential storyteller and lifestyle expert. Belinda specializes in making epic moments everyday occurrences for everyone. From your first glass of Champagne to final fist bump of caviar, Belinda Chang warmly invites you into her circle of approachable luxury at home and abroad, irl and virtually.
Over the course of her lauded twenty-year career in food, wine and restaurants, Belinda has made a name for herself as a sought-after wine expert and lifestyle maven. Prior to entering the life of a small business owner, Belinda managed the legendary 26,000 bottle cellar at Charlie Trotter’s, the wine lists at Laurent Gras’ The Fifth Floor, and Danny Meyer’s The Modern. While at The Modern, she was honored with the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Wine Service” in 2011. Belinda returned to Chicago in 2015 to serve as Managing Partner and Wine Director of the splashy steakhouse Maple and Ash before setting off on her own to find her own boot strap, start-up: Belinda Chang, in 2017.
Beginning in 2020, with her virtual production company, studio 8h productions, Chang and her team created and produced over 250 virtual experiences for 100 Fortune 500 companies and delivered bespoke experience boxes to 12 countries. Chang has created and produces some of the wine and food world’s buzziest irl and virtual events — the who’s who annual James Beard Awards Pre-Prom, which is dedicated to empowering and pampering women in the restaurant industry; the splashy Aspen Classic Pool Party and Virtual Boozy Brunch to support furloughed service people and small business owners during the pandemic. And Belinda continues to innovate and work to connect, comfort, engage and create moments and memories on screen an in person for global audiences.
She is a regular fixture in media outlets like The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Food and Wine, The Wall Street Journal and NPR among many others. Belinda is also a published wine writer and has written about wine in cookbooks, newspapers and magazines (Ten Speed Press, Random House, Gourmet Special Editions, The Atlantic). Chang has appeared as a drinks expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox 32, Chicago, WCIU The Jam, WGN News and Radio and more.