Suzette is a crêperie and dessert cafe, founded by accomplished pastry chef and native Portlander Jehnee Rains in 2009 as a food cart on Alberta St. By 2012, Suzette was ready to set down roots at the current brick and mortar restaurant space on Belmont St.
It all began after Jehnee earned her art degree at Reed College and moved to the Bay Area to further study painting—but within 6 months she had jumped from canvas to kitchen. Jehnee became a 4 a.m. pie baker in 1994, and over the next 11 years she headed pastry departments at some of the Bay Area’s finest restaurants, including Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Quince restaurant in San Francisco. After returning to Portland in 2005, Jehnee created desserts for Ripe, Bluehour, and Clarklewis before opening Suzette.
Her time away from the kitchen is spent in the garden. She grows roses, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, elderberries and apples; lavender, rose geranium, lemon verbena, veggies and flowers. At home she is entertained by her two crazy cats, and makes cake, cookies, and ice cream for Adam, her faithful recipe tester, bartender, waiter, prep cook, dishwasher, electronics specialist and husband.
It all adds up to the dream Jehnee has been creating all these years: mixing her experiences as 4 a.m. pie baker, pastry chef and organic gardener, Jehnee perfected the recipe for Suzette, born in September 2009.