Schmidt, Rich


59 minutes 53 seconds


January 4, 2023


This interview is with Cheryl Wakerhauser of Pix Pâtisserie. In this interview, Cheryl speaks about growing up in Wisconsin and then, through traveling abroad, finding a deep passion for French baking. She eventually came to Portland and started making confections and growing a business.

Along the way, Cheryl started building a wine list – focused largely on sparkling wine – that would win international awards. Learning about wine, and finding things to pair with it, helped her turn Pix into a Portland staple.

She talks about her recent retirement and what comes next, as well as the myriad of challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic and what she’s seen in the Oregon wine industry.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Pix Pâtisserie on January 4, 2023.


Some oral history interviews are conducted on site and may contain background noise from nature, winery, or tasting room operations.


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