From Johnathan Nicholas column in the Oregonian today (well, you didn’t think I’d miss this did you?), comes news that Chris Israel is now the permanent chef at Saucebox, taking place of chef Adam Kekahuna who is leaving to “spend more time with his family”.
I have to admit, I’m feeling a bit sad. Adam was probably the best target I ever had thanks to his lousy cooking, but even worse sense of crisis control. Chris Israel, the brains behind the orginal Zefiro and the man most responsible for Bruce Carey’s success, can turn Saucebox around if anyone can. I’ll look forward to going back.
Hmm… I think a red wig. I can’t remember if they were going to shoot me, hang me, or just throw me out the door. Nancy may need a buzz cut or something, maybe a nose ring. You know we have to go back!
Updated: a kind reader sent me the press release:
Chris Israel returns to Saucebox as Executive Chef
as of September 23, 2005
PORTLAND, OR — September 27, 2005 — Chris Israel, founding chef and co-owner of the legendary Zefiro Restaurant & Bar, and founding chef of Saucebox in Portland, has returned to the kitchen. As of September 23rd, Israel is executive chef of Saucebox, the 10 year old downtown Portland restaurant known for its creative cocktails, pan-Asian cuisine and great music. Chef Israel will introduce his new menu October 18th.
In 1990 Chris Israel, Bruce Carey and Monique Siu opened the doors of Zefiro in Northwest Portland, and soon after forever changed the culinary standards and dining experience for Portlanders. Israel, as chef, and Carey as concept/designer went on to open Saucebox, 5 years later, which introduced diners to pan-Asian cuisine, late night djs, and sexy dining.
Joe Rogers became a partner of Saucebox in recent years and serves as general manager, as well as marketing director for the restaurant group which includes Bluehour, Saucebox and the new Balvo, due to open in December 2005. Israel has rejoined Bruce Carey Restaurants as chef and partner.
Prior to moving back to Portland, Israel was an associate art director at Vanity Fair magazine in New York.
Saucebox is located at 214 S.W. Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97205. www.saucebox.com 503.241.3393
If you haven’t ever read it, this small novel I wrote after both Willamette Week’s Nancy, and I happened to review Saucebox on the same week is entertaining, thought provoking reading: My novel here