For years, we’ve welcomed hundreds of guests into our Madison restaurants while providing sincere hospitality in warm, friendly environments. Since Chef Odessa Piper opened L'Etoile in 1976, we have carefully built a reputation for consistently delivering local, innovative food and superior service that truly sets us apart. Today, under Chef Tory Miller, The Deja Food Restaurant Group has grown into a collection of four distinctly different restaurants, each with its own individual personality and presence. Yet each is connected by a common thread of commitment to supporting our local farmers and artisan producers.
When you walk through the doors of L'Etoile and Graze you can count on an exceptional dining experience and unparalleled service. Every member of our talented team is handpicked and trained to uphold the reputation we have strived to build and maintain throughout the years.
Our restaurants passionately support Wisconsin farmers. Regardless of the season, local, organic and naturally raised ingredients will always be on our menus.
Our business endeavors support organizations and projects that promote local and regional farmers and food supply networks, food-related education in schools and communities, and artisan production of food and food-related products.
CHEF TORY MILLER
Chef Tory grew up working in his grandparents' diner in Racine, Wisconsin before moving to New York to attend the French Culinary Institute and work his way through some of the cities' finest kitchens, including Bill Telepan's JUdson Grill and Eleven Madison Park. A true Wisconsinite at heart, he returned to Madison to begin working under his mentor, Odessa Piper, at L'Etoile, where he found his true passion for local food through the Dane County Farmers' Market.
After taking over L'Etoile in 2005 from Odessa, Tory opened his second restaurant, Graze, in 2010, his third, Sujeo, in 2014, and fourth, Estrellón in 2015, as a way to provide locally-sourced cuisine to a larger audience in the Madisonian dining scene and expand his love for world cuisines. (Sujeo closed in 2019.)
A 2012 recipient of the James Beard Award Best Chef: Midwest, Tory has strived to strengthen Madison's food system, local agriculture, and wider community throughout his career by supporting farmers and purchasing local Wisconsin products for all his restaurants, most recently forming the Madison Area Chefs Network to unite Madison's local chefs for the first time. In 2018, Chef Tory was a contestant on The Food Network's Iron Chef Showdown, and beat Iron Chef, Bobby Flay, in a battle of meats.
When he is not working in one of his four restaurants, Tory is spending time with his three young boys,
passing along his love of all things delicious.