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.