Todd Lipman, CS – Head Sommelier
Head Sommelier Todd Lipman, C.S. is a native of Fairfax, Virginia but has called Boston home for nearly 20 years. Having once considered attending culinary school, he opted to decline a partial scholarship from Johnson & Wales to pursue a degree from Boston University’s well-regarded Department of Classical Studies. It was this interest in the preparation and appreciation of all things gastronomic, however, that led him into the hospitality industry at age 18.
Todd has since worked with the likes of top Boston chefs and restaurateurs Ken Oringer, Jamie Bissonnette, Marissa Iocco, Frank DePasquale, Babak & Azita Bina, and Daniel Bruce at K.O. Prime, South End Galleria, Bricco, Bin 26 Enoteca and the 5-star/4-diamond Boston Harbor Hotel respectively, as well as for the Aquataine Group at the former Armani Café. Under each year of his direction at Bistro du Midi, his wine program has been granted Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence and his wine list has been dubbed “one of the city’s most formidable” by Bon Appetit Magazine. In addition, he has been acknowledged as Boston’s Best Sommelier three times, by Improper Bostonian in 2011 & 2015 and Boston Magazine in 2014. He is also known to serve as a frequent guest lecturer, and occasional wine writer for various blogs and magazines. In addition he has been both Competitor and Judge for the StarChefs Somm Slam Competition in Brooklyn, NY. Todd regularly contributes his expertise to James Beard Taste America (Boston) as well serves as the Wine Director for both the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival and the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival (Newport, RI).
Having held positions from sauté cook, food runner, kitchen expeditor, server, Sommelier, Head Sommelier and General Manager, his career has developed through the ranks by way of study, hard work, dedication, and approachability, with a goal of demystifying the world of wine and making the synergy of food and beverage fun and unintimidating.
Mr. Lipman is a former honor student of the Elizabeth Bishop Wine Studies Program at Boston University as well as a Certified Sommelier, through the Court of Master Sommeliers. He is on a constant quest to increase not only his personal wine and spirit knowledge, but also to deepen others’ appreciation of food and beverages. It is this dedication and passion that he brings with him to every table and every guest that makes him a valued and appreciated member of our Bistro du Midi team.