Meet Our Team
Culinary Director / Executive Chef
Culinary Director/ Executive Chef David Stickney grew up in Burlington Ct, spending alot of his early years fishing and hunting. His first exposure to the culinary world was watching Jacques Pepin and the rest of the Saturday cooking shows with his mother. “Even as a child I saw his fluidity, gratefulness and economy of movement around a kitchen and the work it took to make any given dish absolutely fascinating to me.” As a teenager, his first experience in the hospitality business was when his mother began a catering business out of their home. Both in cooking and serving the food, he learned that “food is much more than eating, and in this business we are creating an experience and memories for people”.
Working with his mother in the family business led to him finding his first restaurant job as a dishwasher at Ristorante Italia in Avon, CT, which quickly led to an apprenticeship that taught him that hospitality was learned in a restaurant, not in a classroom. David was taught the fundamentals of cooking, baking and serving and within a couple of years he was named Sous Chef. Wanting to expand his culinary horizons David staged all across the country including stints at acclaimed restaurants in both San Francisco and Florida. In 2006 he returned to CT and quickly got a job at the Max Restaurant Group as a line cook at Max Amore. He was quickly promoted to Sous Chef and eventually Chef De Cuisine. A few years later, the opportunity to lead the kitchen as the executive chef at Max a Mia in Avon opened up and he took the helm. In 2015 he took the opportunity to take over as chef/consultant at The North House in Avon and then as executive chef at the extremely popular Viron Rondo in Chesire. With David’s modern take on Mediterranean and Italian cuisine and his amazing leadership we are excited for him to take Vyne Restaurant and Bar far into a very bright future. We are truly excited to have him at the helm.
Assistant Culinary Director
Born in Bristol Ct. and raised in Watertown Executive Assistant Culinary Director, Calin Sauvron specializes in unique food pairing and dishes with beautiful aesthetic appeal. Getting her start at the acclaimed original Carmen Anthony’s in Waterbury Calin quickly moved up the ranks within the company. She then took a position at the very popular At The Corner in Litchfield eventually becoming executive chef. Calin then assisted building the Note Restaurant Group in Bethel Ct which includes Note Kitchen and Bar, Notch 8 Bar and Grill and Fat Tony’s Deli and Pizzeria eventually becoming part owner of Notch 8. She also has beer brewing experience with Reverie Brewing in Newtown Ct. In 2020 Calin beat out three other chef’s to become a winner on the very popular Food Network show Chopped!! Calins eye for creative, inventive cuisine and her penchant for creating deep rich flavors makes her an amazing addition to help push Vyne Restaurant Group into a very exciting future. We’re looking forward to her take on Chef’s Tasting Menus, out of the box specials and will have a big hand in moving forward our Brewing and Cocktail programs. She is the final piece in making the Vyne Restaurant Group a true destination restaurant experience.