Born and raised in Canton, OH as the youngest of six siblings, Beverage Director Jeff Kellogg grew up in a family that savored their time together around the dinner table. Having contributed to large family meals from a young age, he was naturally drawn to the restaurant industry and began waiting tables at the age of 18. Jeff then moved to Cincinnati to continue working in restaurants, and his wine interest was sparked while tasting Chablis at a staff education during lineup. The next day, he purchased Kevin Zraly’s Complete Wine Course, and began to educate himself about his newfound passion.
In 2004, Jeff moved to Charlotte, NC, and began working for a restaurant group called 131 Main. Over the next six years, Jeff helped the group open four new restaurant locations and a wine bar, serving initially as a manager and eventually running the group’s wine program.
Feeling ready to further his wine education, Jeff took a job as sommelier at the historic Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. There, Jeff reveled in the Greenbrier’s renowned culture of hospitality, but as he fell deeper in love with wine, he wanted to learn about winemaking up-close.
In 2011, he moved to Napa to work the harvest and as a sommelier at several Napa restaurants including the Michelin-starred Redd and La Toque. In September 2012, he moved north to work the harvest at Gramercy Cellars in Walla Walla, WA before relocating to San Francisco to become a sommelier at RN74, Michael Mina’s wine bar and restaurant.
In June 2013, he moved across the country yet again to become the Wine Director at Danny Meyer's Italian concept, Maialino. In less than four years Jeff put together one of the great Italian programs in the country, sharing his passion for aged Italian wines with guests and staff.
After a brief stint at Quince in San Francisco, in 2017 Jeff and his wife Stephanie returned to where they met, Charlotte, to start their own wine distribution business, Kellogg Selections. The distributor highlights Italy, Champagne and California, taking advantage of relationships and knowledge built over a career.