Helen was born in New York City. She started working in restaurants in Madison, WI while she was finishing school. She worked at a place called L’Etoile and the fine dining and farm to table driven experience inspired her to follow her dreams of working with food and wine. She moved to Los Angeles and worked at Craft as a manager for two years before signing on with Jon and Vinny in July of 2009. She currently oversees the operations and beverage programs at animal, Son of a Gun, Petit Trois, Trois familia & Trois mec. In April 2015 she partnered with Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo to open Jon & Vinny’s where she has a retail wine store called helen’s.