What to expect:
Talent and heart come to the table with this pairing of two of Portland's shining female stars of wine and food. Guests can expect an elegant and thoughtful pairing featuring the best of the Northwest. Join us at Vaux, one of Portland's newest restaurants, situated in the stylish Canopy Hotel in the Pearl District.
Seating - private room for 20 guests
425 NW 9th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
Every summer, North America’s largest concentration of Vaux (Vo-ks) Swifts graces Northwest Portland on their annual migration south to Central America. Since the 1980s, this flock of birds has roosted inside a chimney at Chapman Elementary School and thousands of revealers gather to take in this natural fleeting spectacle. Vaux, pronounced vo-ks, the restaurant is named for this special Portland phenomenon and draws culinary inspiration from their migration through the Pacific Northwest.
Located in the heart of the vibrant Pearl District, Vaux features an all-day seasonal contemporary menu that highlights favorite local products. Led by Executive Chef Sara Woods and drawing on her diverse culinary experience at some of the country’s best restaurants, the menu draws heavily from flavors and products of the Pacific Northwest with Italian and French accents.
Chef Sara Woods
Sara Woods was born and raised in Michigan before attending the Culinary Institute of America in upstate New York, which led her to work at some of the most renowned restaurants in New York City. Following stints at Oceana, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and Commerce Restaurant, Sara decided to branch out and further develop her craft as a food stylist and culinary producer with Martha Stewart and the Food Network.
Seeking something new, she spent time with the critically acclaimed Zingerman’s company in Ann Arbor, Michigan before making her way to Portland to plant some roots and experience the growing and thriving Pacific Northwest culinary scene. After several years as celebrity chef Jenn Louis’ chef de cuisine at Lincoln and Ray, Ms. Woods joined the Canopy team.
Father and daughter team Howard and Jessica Mozeico co-founded Oregon's Et Fille Wines in 2003 with the goal of creating wines that bring together family, friends, and warm conversation over shared meals. Et Fille, which means "and daughter", originally represented the hand-in-hand collaboration of its co-founders and now includes Jessica's daughter. Today, Jessica operates the business, making elegantly complex wines inspired by her late father's legacy and daughter's future.
Winemaker Jessica Mozeico
Jessica grew up helping her dad with his winemaking hobby in their garage. She fell in love with wine, though it was a passion she cultivated from the sidelines as she pursued an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, an MBA from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania, and a career in biotechnology marketing. After years of leading biotechnology drug launches and marketing teams, Jessica founded Mozeico Consulting to provide strategic planning services.
Finally, Jessica and Howard decided to co-found Et Fille Wines. They ran the winery
together until Howard’s untimely death. Jessica learned everything about winemaking from her dad. Today, Jessica operates the business, making elegantly complex wines inspired by her late father's legacy and her daughter's future. She says, "I have the honor and responsibility to carry Et Fille forward in a manner that is consistent with my dad's vision, values, and palate. I will continue building the legacy of Et Fille for my daughter." She feels fortunate to be part of the collaborative and encouraging Oregon wine community.