Daniel Mondok, most recently of Genoa (closed), Paulee (closed), Sel Gris (closed), June (closed), Olea (closed), and Carlyle (closed), has taken a job at Swank & Swine. (Note that I may have missed some restaurants on that list, but does anyone notice anything in common?) Portland Monthly has sort of a … [Read more...] about Musical Chefs: Mondok, Bettinger, Adams, Giambalvo
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...] about Bettinger Skips from Imperial to Laurelhurst Market
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...] about Chef Ben Bettinger Moving on from Imperial
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...] about Bits and Pieces of News for 2.25.14
At Imperial, Chef/Owner Vitaly Paley rediscovers Pacific Northwest pathways and follow in the footsteps of Oregon’s own James Beard. Chef Paley and Chef de Cuisine Matthew Jarrell explore menu ideas that have historical significance and use cooking methods and ingredients from our region's diverse bounty. Take a … [Read more...] about Event Space: Imperial
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...] about Reader Survey 2013: Best New Restaurants in Portland
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...] about Misc. News for 12.5.12
The Oregonian got the scoop on two new restaurants that Vitaly and Kimberly Paley are planning for downtown Portland. The "Imperial" will go into the space at the Hotel Lucia recently vacated by Typhoon. The second will be called "Portland Penny Diner", which will be located across the hall. As I've reported before, … [Read more...] about New News! Paley’s Adding Two More Restaurants, Pink Slime Deathwatch!