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Local Jewish chef to be featured at Feast Portland

PHOTO: Diners enjoy the Secret Supper at last year’s Feast Portland. Photo by JessicaFiorillo Jewish Chef Sarah Schneider will be featured at two events during Feast Portland this year. While Sarah has participated in previous incarnations of Feast Portland with restaurants like Renata, she is thrilled to be a featured chef this year. “I’m really…

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Basque recipes with local ingredients

PHOTO: Urdaneta features an assortment of tapas which change seasonally. As a child in the Basque village of Bermeo, Chef Javier Canteras enjoyed spending time with his maternal grandfather, who was a fisherman and epicure. Together they would attend meetings of the local gastronomic society, or txoko. This club was a place of culinary experimentation…

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Dairy-free Asian cuisine and desserts

Photo by Drew Tyson Biting into a creamy chocolate dessert at Departure Restaurant + Lounge, you would have no idea that it was dairy free. You might be even more surprised to find that the absence of dairy extends to the entire pan-Asian menu. Chef Gregory Gourdet, who places a premium on health as well…

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The 1905 dishes up pizza, jazz and veggies

For a post-Passover treat, there’s nothing quite like pizza. And where better to eat it than at The 1905 with its wealth of veggie options? The pizzeria is the brainchild of lifelong vegetarian and jazz musician Aaron Barnes. He serves a style of pizza that is a cross between what he terms the “New York…

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Enjoy plant-based Asian cuisines

Photo: SushiLove: Mother of Dragons   While it’s easy to avoid dairy when eating many Asian cuisines, it can be challenging to avoid pork and shellfish. But with the following list of plant-based Portland restaurants, you can enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese food while respecting dietary laws. ICHIZA KITCHEN Open less than a year,…

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Anandi was born to sing

Portland jazz singer Anandi Gefroh hails from a long line of musicians. Her maternal grandmother, Nina, a classically trained singer, toured with the international production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Her mother, Rachel Faro, is a songwriter and producer, and her father is Nick Gefroh, a veteran jazz drummer and longtime local disc jockey. So…

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Russian tea tasty for patrons, nostalgic for chef

A little over a year ago, award-winning chef Vitaly Paley took the reins at the Heathman Hotel. He transformed its dining room into Headwaters, a Pacific Northwest seafood- focused restaurant. The Belarus-born Vitaly had a particularly intriguing vision for the Heathman’s Tea Court Lounge, which used to offer an English-style high tea with buttermilk scones…

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