After spending the last 12 years working in kitchens, Jon opened Fauna in 2014 in Centretown.  Prior to that Jon worked at Taylor’s Genuine Food and Wine, Domus Cafe, Farbs Kitchen, Vittoria Trattoria and the Arc Hotel. Jon is happiest in the kitchen and hanging out with his family.

Zachary Resnick - Chef de Cuisine

Born in Ottawa and attended Algonquin College Culinary program. Zach worked at various Byward Market restaurants for a few years (Metropolitan Brasserie, Luxe Bistro, Meditheo, Stella Osteria). He then landed a job at Signatures at Le Cordon Bleu under Yannick Anton. After two years at Signatures, he met Jon Svazas and became the Sous Chef at Fauna.

Jenna Portelance - General Manager/Wine Director

Born in Ottawa, her travels landed her Central Otago, NZ. While managing a local country pub, Jenna took charge of a popular monthly wine dinner. This is where her passion for wine sparked. She returned to Ottawa in 2014 and enrolled in the WSET Diploma program. She has since combined her passion for wine with a keen sense for hospitality, which she polished while working for various local restaurants including Play food and wine, Citizen, and Fauna. 

Matt Millard - Head Bartender

Matt was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. He fell in love with bartending while working at Panda and Sons in Edinburgh where he was trained by some of the best bartenders in the UK. He finds himself living in the Nation’s capital after meeting his Canadian wife Amy while on vacation in Whistler, BC.  Matt is an award winning bartender and comes to Bar Laurel with the passion and energy to constantly push himself and his craft.