Tuesday, June 2, 2020
4pm - 4:45pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED
We are proud to offer a portion of proceeds from Corks + Forks 2020 to Family Meal, a nonprofit founded in 2019 and 100% volunteer-run, providing financial relief to Oregon’s food service and agricultural workers in a medical debt crisis. They've been at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis, supporting those who have been most affected. Hear from the Family Meal team and learn more about the importance of their mission in the community.
FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRETOR, FAMILY MEAL
Josh was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and is currently the Assistant General Manager at Ox restaurant in his hometown. Josh got his start in the restaurant industry while pursuing a degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon. Now with more than a decade of experience in the food service industry, Josh has had an opportunity to work with a broad community of restaurant workers, vendors and farmers. These relationships have informed his perspective regarding some of the healthcare needs of the community and led to his founding Family Meal.
CO-OWNER, HOPE WELL WINE
Growing up working in the vineyard and winery, Mimi gained such an appreciation for the industry that she promptly left home after high school. Armed with a BA in History and Classics from Tulane University, Mimi spent the next year working in various National Forests across the west. Her adventures fueled her passion for studying botany, forestry, and ecology. Mimi earned her MS from Oregon State University in Forest Science, and spent the next several years working as a botanist and ecologist for the Forest Service, living in the backcountry.
She could never get past the longing for the vineyard, and working with the vines. Mimi returned to Bethel Heights in 2005, along with her cousin and childhood best friend Ben to take the helm as second generation winegrowers and owners. In 2015 Mimi left Bethel Heights to grow and make wine at her home vineyard, Hope Well, and also consults with vineyards and farmers who want to work in a regenerative paradigm.
OWNER, MALOOF WINES
Ross has over 15 years experience in the hospitality industry. He worked for just over a decade in the Philadelphia dining scene before heading west to turn his eye toward wine production. He and his wife Bee started Maloof wines in 2015 in Dundee, OR.
Ross continues to have his finger on the pulse by running the Portland branch of Julian-Sinclair, a small wine distributorship based out of Eugene, OR., while also consulting for a number of local restaurants.
Kelsey was born in raised in Oregon's Willamette Valley. After graduating high school, she spent ten years in New York and Los Angeles, during which time she graduated from New York University, became a sommelier, worked in some incredible restaurants and learned the specifics of many roles in the hospitality industry. After working for José Andrés for four years at the Bazaar, she created and ran the wine program for LA hotspot EP/LP, where Zagat named her one of their '30 Under 30' restauranteurs to watch in 2015.
Seeking to create a unique experience in the wine world, she returned home to Portland and opened Thelonious Wines. The success of Thelonious led to the creation of Arden - celebrated as one of the top new restaurants in Portland. As owner, operator and wine director, she has gained a unique insight on the Portland food scene, as well as an understanding of the challenges facing both restaurant owners and employees. She is humbled and excited to bring her knowledge of the industry to the important work at Family Meal. When not opening bottles of wine, you can find her running, cuddling with her two cats, or acting in the occasional Shakespeare play.
Greg McClellan & Mélissa Rondeau
Growing up to a French mother and francophile father, Greg enjoyed the occasional sips of great French wines. Landing his first job with Ponzi as a cellar hand, then becoming assistant winemaker for Hamacher Wines, he learned the simple truth; great wine comes from great grapes. Ever since, gentle handling and respect for the growing season have remained at the forefront of his winemaking ethos. Further adventures in New Zealand and France gave him a better understanding for the different interpretations of Pinot. Moving to Burgundy to pursue a postgraduate program in Viticulture and Enology in Beaune solidified his goal of becoming a winemaker. Ready to head back home to Oregon, he joined the Trisaetum team as co-winemaker. Along the way, he's never stopped remembering childhood memories of visiting his grandparents who lived in the Loire Valley. Whether it was the old family cellar set in the dusty caves or visiting local vintners, those memories guided him to create a wine for himself. Today, Suzor has grown into a family affair. Many exciting possibilities are on the horizon, but the focus remains on making wines that convey their story, with a nod to French tradition.
Growing up in Montreal made it hard for Mélissa not to be enamoured with the world of food and wine. Following a degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management, with a focus on wine studies, her desire to keep learning and never-ending need to travel brought her to work in well-respected establishments in Europe. From Rose Bakery and The Zetter Hotel in London, to a harvest stint in the Loire and joining the ranks of Frenchie Restaurant in Paris, she was fortunate to rapidly grow her career in the hospitality industry. Throughout these experiences, incredible opportunities of visiting winemakers in their homes presented themselves. From sharing a lunch with David Leclapart in Champagne or tasting with Olivier Rivière in Rioja, her love for the world of wine became the driving force of her professional life. In 2014, an opportunity presented itself to come open a winery in Oregon. Leaving Europe behind, she started a new journey in the Pacific Northwest. On this wild ride, she stumbled across a man who spoke perfect French on top of sharing the same dreams. Today, Greg & Mélissa join forces to create beautiful wines under their small family label, Suzor Wines.
Ensemble was born from an overwhelming feeling of helplessness as our industry was brought down on its knees almost overnight. Friends were losing their jobs, others closing the doors to their restaurants. It became clear that we wanted to step up and find a way to support our community. Through Ensemble, a special edition relief wine, we aim to give back 100% of the profits to make a small but hopefully significant impact to those who need it most via the direct work of Family Meal. BUY NOW