Shannon Johnson grew up in the Midwest and worked her way down the east coast and
landed in Louisiana in her early twenties. Here she enrolled and graduated for the Culinary Arts
School of Baton Rouge Louisiana. She took her culinary education to one of the most prominent
Southern Italian Family restaurant, Gino’s. Located in Baton Rouge, LA,
Shannon had the opportunity to study and learn southern Italian cooking, and immerse herself in
the New Orleans Culinary fare for several years before she moved to the Northwest. Working at
Gino’s offered her the experience of being a Sous Chef to the eventual promotion of Executive
When Shannon relocated to the Northwest in 2001, she found Sherwood the place to call
home. She worked for Hayden Enterprises which gave her to the opportunity to open two local
Portland Restaurants and the experience working with one of the area’s most well know
restaurateurs and advisors, Bill Hayden. Shannon started by opening the restaurant and writing the
menus for Rivers, now Aqua Rivera, in the famous Johns Landing neighborhood of Portland. She
then offered her experience at Hayden’s Lake Front Grill in Tualatin while opening a restaurant in
the Beaverton area, Pesaro’s Italian Grill.
Michelle moved to Sherwood with her girls in 2005 and is very happy to call this home. She
is originally from Northern California but moved to Oregon in 1996 to raise her family. Growing
up in Napa and working in the industry has given Michelle the opportunity to experience a wide
variety of culinary fares and enhanced her wine knowledge.
In 2003 Shannon and Michelle opened J2 Catering in Sherwood Oregon. They ran this
business successfully for 5 years offering catering of weddings, BBQ’s, corporate lunches etc.. Both
were missing the restaurant lifestyle and knew it was time to take their combined experience and
open a restaurant of their own. Tree’s came to be in the SW part of Portland in the PacWest
building . Here they were able to fuse the catering and the restaurant into one culinary and event
space experience for their clients. Unfortunately, this location lacked the family and neighborhood
feel they were seeking. Without a viable dinner program they chose to take a step back and relocate
For three years Tree’s thrived as a lunch, catering and happy hour destination for the
financial neighborhood. It was a great experience. It was again time to make a change and bring
Tree’s to the original vision “A neighborhood Restaurant” Our neighborhood restaurant in
We are very excited to meet all of our new clients and see our existing ones again. Please
note the menu is a work in progress we will change it up with the seasons, add specials and of
course listen to our customers and offer the things they want.
Boy are we excited about our commute, or lack there of!