Bettinger Skips from Imperial to Laurelhurst Market

Laurelhurst Market

In a press release today, Ben Dyer of the ever popular Laurelhurst Market and Butcher Shop, announced that Ben Bettinger will be taking over as executive chef, replacing Shannon Preble, who is stepping down to pursue "other passions". As I reported earlier this week, Bettinger is leaving his current position as … [Read more...]

Chef Ben Bettinger Moving on from Imperial


Odd that we get this news so far in advance - Imperial Chef Ben Bettinger is leaving the restaurants Imperial and Portland Penny Diner this August.  According to Eat Beat, Vitaly Paley will be taking over the restaurant until a replacement is found. No word on where Bettinger is headed. Bettinger is an alumni of … [Read more...]

Bits and Pieces of News for 2.25.14

Pile of magazines

Some new news, some older stories that have been sitting forever! Barbur World Foods is opening their Pearl District store at 830 NW Everett, where Local Choice Market used to be, this Friday. If you've never been to the original on SW Barbur and Capitol Hwy, it's an experience. The Barbur store has a small … [Read more...]

Reader Survey 2013: Best New Restaurants in Portland

Levant Restaurant

As the economy recovers, it seems like we are getting a wealth of new restaurants in Portland. However, unlike last year, only five restaurants received significantly more votes than any others.  Will the top choices be successful? Sometimes folks in the hardcore food community go for the new, shiny ball, forgetting … [Read more...]

Misc. News for 12.5.12

Castagna Summer squash dumpling of chicken and shrimp duck chipCould a review be forthcoming?

It's been a pretty slow period for restaurant news, but here are a few things that caught my eye: Michael Russell over at The Oregonian reports that Chef Jake Martin is returning to Portland from Seattle to take over as Chef de Cuisine at Genoa. He'll be working with Executive Chef David Anderson. You may remember … [Read more...]