Jacqueline Carey is the house manager and partner of Celilo Restaurant & Bar. A Cape Cod native, Jacqueline decided to broaden her horizons and move across the country to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder. After graduating with an English degree, Jacqueline moved to Hood River, Oregon in 1993. After working on Mt. Hood for a few years and also teaching pre-school, Jacqueline decided to join the team at Sixth Street Bistro & Loft full-time in 1996. She started hostessing, then moved on to waitressing, then managing, and finally became a partner in 1999. When the partners sold Sixth Street in December of 2009, Jacqueline remembers feeling so grateful for all of the people she was able to work with during those years, many of whom went on to open their own restaurants.
One of Jacqueline’s favorite parts of her job is the research for the wine list. In the Spring of 2015, she passed her Level 1 Court of Master Sommelier’s Course. By attending classes, seminars and tastings, she is continually learning about the overwhelming subject of wine.
Over the years, Jacqueline has also concentrated on ensuring that the restaurant is a sustainable business. By attending seminars and researching information, Jacqueline tries to stay current on important environmental and local issues. She lives in Hood River with her partner Kevin. When not working, she enjoys travelling and seeing music, especially her favorite band, The Mother Hips.
“We live in such an amazing place, where so many different types of food grow abundantly. Farms, orchards, and vineyards are continually expanding and helping our community to thrive. The more we can buy locally, the less dependent we are on outsourced foods.”
Maui Meyer co-founded The Sixth Street Bistro and Loft in 1991 after graduating from Cornell University with degrees in hotel finance, food and beverage and also real estate development. He says, “I came to Hood River because I knew I could spend the rest of my life here!” Maui‘s work at the Sixth Street Bistro & Loft helped it grow until 2000, when day to day operations were handed over to his two partners, Ben Stenn and Jacqueline Carey. Maui built the new Yasui Building in 2005, and the three opened Celilo Restaurant & Bar in the same year, anchoring both the building and the eastern end of downtown Hood River with its impressive entrance on the corner of 1st & Oak. Now serving his third term as Hood River County Commissioner, and through the operations of no fewer than five community-related business, Maui continues to work for the greater good of the local community. He lives in Hood River with his wife Jan and their 3 children.
“Hood River was great when I came here for the first time and my goal is to help keep it great. It is a place that is great not because it is untouched, but because it is well managed.”
Ben Stenn is the chef and managing partner of Celilo Restaurant and Bar. He graduated from NYU in 1992 with a BA in political science and a minor in French Literature. As it happens, the minor degree had more influence than the political science (thank goodness) as it got Ben to France where he found his raison d’etre. Ben spent two years in France, first at La Varenne, Ecole de Cuisine and then at several restaurants that rounded out his early learning. He returned to New York City and the restaurant world before coming to the Pacific Northwest.
After arriving in Hood River in 1995, Ben operated the Sixth Street Bistro and Loft for ten years. This offered Ben the opportunity to establish a family of producers and food people, the foundation of Celilo. He lives in Hood River with his wife Carol and their 2 daughters. Ben’s simple philosophy:
“Know your food. Know what it is, where it comes from, who grew it, when it was harvested, how it was prepared. It is an honor to be a part of this simple ethic.”