Owning a seasonal, farm driven restaurant has been a dream of Chef/Owner Jesse Kincheloe’s since growing up in Healdsburg, in the heart of Sonoma county. Jesse learned at an early age that quality ingredients are essential to cooking. Helping his family create meals from scratch with fresh ingredients has taught him to incorporate the same freshness into his menus today.
Jesse moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend the Western Culinary Institute’s Le Cordon Bleu in Portland. After graduating in 2006 he received an externship at Crush restaurant in Seattle, which later received a James Beard award and Food and Wine magazines “Best Chef”. During his time in Seattle, he met his wife Erica who worked in the wine industry and shared his passion for food and wine. Jesse quickly convinced Erica to move to Portland when he received an offer to work with Portland’s Tommy Habetz at Meriwether’s restaurant. After getting married in 2009, they moved to Oregon’s wine country to be closer to local farms and wineries. Jesse has been a creative force helping with the food development of several local restaurants including Jory at the Allison, Community Plate and later, Walnut City Kitchen in McMinnville. He pursued his dream of owning a seasonal inspired restaurant with the opening of Valley Commissary in 2014.
Jesse and Erica have established roots in McMinnville and have been blessed with two incredible boys, Jackson and Jonah. Having two kids made the Kincheloe’s seek a career of their own that is family friendly. Being a lunch and brunch restaurant means those nights free from catering are family nights. They are proud to be business owners in McMinnville and look forward to a long career in this town.