Proprietor & Wine Director
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Todd has held nearly every restaurant position, starting his journey through the ranks at age 14. He took his first job as a handy man repairing a set of stairs for a restaurant in downtown Saratoga, California. After the project was complete, the owners offered him a position as a dishwasher. It only took a couple of weeks for Todd to realize that he really wanted to branch out from dishwashing and he eventually moved to a line cook position. Todd then stayed in the kitchen until he was 20 years old. But as much as he loved cooking, he realized that his talents were better suited to the dining room floor. He has since held positions at some of San Francisco’s top restaurants; such places as Postrio, Aqua, and most recently, Pat Kuleto’s Farallon.
In 2007, Todd’s long time friend Carmen Peirano called to see if he had any interest in moving to McMinnville, Oregon to work with her. Carmen and her husband had recently moved from San Francisco to take over Nick’s Italian Cafe, the restaurant her father started 30 years prior. Todd accepted the position as Manager/Wine Director and he, along with his wife Jenifer and 11 month old daughter Clio, packed up and moved to Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
At Nick’s Todd was exposed to some of the greatest wines made in Oregon as well as the people who make them. He forged many relationships with local producers during this time, relationships that he still draws on today.
In 2008 Todd took the position of GM for the AgriVino Wine Center, a project begun by John Stuart in Carlton, OR. It was here that he first worked with the Enomatic machines. Later that year Todd, along with his wife Jenifer and business partner (as well as parental unit) Helena, began working on a plan to move the machines to the Pearl District of Portland, and Metrovino opened on May 6th, 2009.