Staffing news: Jason Dodge named new executive chef at Vino Vino following Cak departure

Jason Dodge at Peche in 2012. (Mark Matson FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Jason Dodge at Peche in 2012. (Mark Matson FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

First things first: I owe an apology to chef Jessica Cak. I name-checked her in my write-up of Vino Vino in this year’s Austin360 Dining Guide (the restaurant from Jeff Courington and Kelly Bell ranked #22), but I got her first name wrong. I have no idea where I came up with the name Stephanie, but I apologize.

Now, on to the business at hand. After my guide came out over the weekend, I discovered that Cak had left her position as executive chef at the wine bar and bistro. She and her husband, pastry chef Steven Cak, decided to move back home to Minneapolis.

“Austin has been great for us, but I need to be closer to my family right now,” Cak said. “We will miss Austin a lot.”

I learned today that chef Jason Dodge has replaced Cak. A longtime Austin industry veteran, Dodge’s resume includes time at Vespaio, Cherry Street and Peche.

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