NEGRONI WEEK AT AVA GENE'S

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3RD, ANTONIO PARLAPIANO WILL BE GUEST BARTENDING BEHIND AVA GENE'S BAR. HE WILL BE MAKING A LIST OF NEGRONI FOCUSED COCKTAILS FEATURING HIS NEW TO THE MARKET "VERMOUTH DEL PROFESSORE" AND OTHER SPECIALTY MADE PRODUCTS UNDER HIS BRAND THE JERRY THOMAS PROJECT. WE WILL DO AWAY WITH OUR R...
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MARTA NYC TO ROMAN CANDLE BAKING CO. FOR ITALIAN PIZZA PARTY

ROMAN CANDLE BAKING CO. WELCOMES CHEF JOE TARASCO OF MARTA NYC ON FRIDAY, MAY 22ND FOR A CLASSIC ITALIAN EVENING OF PIZZA, VEGETABLES, ROMAN-INSPIRED STREET FOOD AND HOUSEMADE GELATO. JOE WILL BE SERVING UP HIS TRADITIONAL MARTA-...
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PORTLANDIA: EAT YOUR WAY AROUND THESE 10 NEIGHBORHOODS IN PORTLAND

1. DIVISION/CLINTON

"SPEND THE DAY ROAMING THE NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS WITH STOPS FOR COFFEE AND BAKED GOODS AT ROMAN CANDLE, A COZY DINNER AT THE WOODSMAN TAVERN, THE FAMED THAI CHICKEN WINGS AT POK POK, OR SWING BY AVA GENE'S FOR PERFECT PASTAS AND DELICIOUS VEGETABLE DISHES. RECOVER FROM IT ...
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READER SURVEY 2015: BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN PORTLAND

NOSTRANA RESTAURANT IN SOUTHEAST TOPPED THE READER SURVEY AS THE BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN PORTLAND EVERY YEAR SINCE THEY OPENED. NOT SO IN 2015. AVA GENES JUMPED NOSTRANA BY 4%, MAKING IT A CLEAR WINNER, WHICH SURPRISES ME BECAUSE IT IS ALSO PROBABLY THE MOST EXPENSIVE ITALIAN IN PORTLAND, WIT...
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FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME: FOH MANAGERS AND THE PUSH FOR EXCELLENCE AMID THE CHAOS

MANAGERS ARE A SPECIAL BRAND OF HUMAN, ESPECIALLY IN A RESTAURANT. THE BEST ONES ARE COLLECTIVELY UNRUFFLED IN THE WORST SITUATIONS -- PLUMBING EXPLOSIONS, GUEST TANTRUMS, NINE PEOPLE REQUESTING VACATION TIME IN THE SAME WEEK -- AND AMONG STAFFS COMPOSED OF THOSE EITHER DOING IT FOR THE MONEY OR T...
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AMERICA'S BEST FOOD CITIES: READERS' CHOICE AWARDS 2014

PORTLAND'S OFFBEAT FOOD SCENE -- WITH ITS FOOD CARTS, PRISTINE PIZZA, AND MEAT OBSESSION -- BLOSSOMED WHILE NO ONE WAS LOOKING. NOW EVERYONE IS WATCHING, AND PORTLAND'S RESTAURANTS HAVE GROWN UP. SEATS AT DUANE SORENSON'S ELEGANT AVA GENE'S (PICTURED) BOOK EARLY, TH...
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AVA GENE’S CHEF JOSHUA MCFADDEN GOES ALL IN FOR ANGEL FOOD AND FUN

OREGON IS HOME TO A LOT OF RESTAURANTS, BARS, WINERIES AND BREWERIES, BUT THERE ARE TONS OF HIDDEN GEMS THAT THE MAJORITY OF PORTLANDERS AREN'T UNEARTHING. TO HELP GUIDE US TO THESE POTENTIAL DISCOVERIES, WE'VE ENLISTED SOME OF OUR CITY'S MANY FOOD PLAYERS TO SHARE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A RE...
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FOUR SPRING ARTICHOKE RECIPES THAT THINK OUTSIDE THE STEAMER

WHEN ARTICHOKES RETURN TO FARMER'S MARKETS IN MID-SPRING, OUR HEARTS SKIP A BEAT. THESE RECIPES ARE REALLY FOUR MASH NOTES TO THE VEGETABLE FROM CHEFS AROUND THE COUNTRY.

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THE RIGHTS OF SPRING

JOSHUA MCFADDEN

EXECUTIVE CHEF, AVA GENE'S

@JOSHUA_MCFADDEN

WHAT SPRING FLAVOR IS MOST INSPIRING TO YOU, AND WHY?

SHELLING PEAS, SNAP PEAS, SNOW PE...
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BUILD A MUCH, MUCH BETTER SALAD THANKS TO CHEF JOSHUA MCFADDEN

THIS IS COOK LIKE A PRO, IN WHICH EXPERTS SHARE TIPS, TRICKS, AND TECHNIQUES THAT ELEVATE A GOOD DISH TO AN UNFORGETTABLE ONE.

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ANNOUNCING FOOD & WINE'S 2015 SOMMELIERS OF THE YEAR

DANA FRANK, AVA GENE'S, PORTLAND, OREGON

WHY SHE WON

SHE HAS AMASSED A REMARKABLE COLLECTION OF WINES FROM NATURAL AND ORGANIC PRODUCERS ALL OVER ITALY. IN FACT, SHE IS SO COMMITTED TO ITALY THAT SHE...
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WILDEBEEST PAIRING WITH AVA GENE'S, THE BLACK HOOF, & SHELTER FOR SPECIAL DINNERS

VANCOUVER, BC| GASTOWN'S WILDEBEEST RESTAURANT IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE ITS PARTICIPATION IN A TRIO OF ONE-OF-A-KIND COLLABORATIVE DINNERS THIS SPRING. ON THREE SEPARATE EVENINGS, WILDEBEEST TEAMS UP WITH THE BLACK HOOF (TORONTO), SHELTER (TOFINO) AND AVA GENE'S (PORTLAND), FOR WHAT ARE EXPECTED TO BE ...
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EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH PORTLAND’S BEST RESTAURANTS

PORTLAND, ORE., MAY BE THE BUZZIEST CITY IN THE FOOD WORLD. ITS HIPPIE PAST MEANS HEALTHY URBAN LIVING IS CULTURALLY INGRAINED TODAY. COUPLES DROP THEIR KIDS AT SCHOOL, DEBATE LAST NIGHT'S DINNER, THEN FEED THEIR BACKYARD CHICKENS. ALTERNATE MODES OF TRANSPORTATION MEAN THERE'S VIRTUALLY NO TRAFFIC, A...
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HOW TO MAKE BETTER PASTA

PASTA IS THE KING OF THE PANTRY & INCREDIBLY VERSATILE AND RELIABLY DELICIOUS; IT'S OUR GO-TO DINNER MORE OFTEN THAN WE'D LIKE TO ADMIT. BUT EVEN WE HAVE ROOM TO UP OUR PASTA GAME WITH SOME SAGE ADVICE FROM THE PROS. FROM MASTERING THE ART OF SALTING TO SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOYING A HIT OF ACID, HERE'S...
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WINEMAKERS TO WATCH 2015: MEET OUR 10 RISING-STAR VINTNERS

DANA AND SCOTT FRANK

AGES:36 (DANA); 43 (SCOTT)

WHAT THEY DO: MAKE APPROACHABLE OREGON WINES INSPIRED BY THE LOIRE VALLEY.

BACKSTORY: SCOTT MOVED TO PORTLAND AFTER 9/11 AND TOOK A JOB AS A L...
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THE ESSENTIAL 38 PORTLAND RESTAURANTS, JANUARY '15

NO OPENING IN RECENT MEMORY HAS CREATED A FERVOR QUITE LIKE AVA GENE'S, THE POLISHED ITALIAN RESTAURANT BY STUMPTOWN'S DUANE SORENSON AND NYC TRANSPLANT JOSHUA MCFADDEN (JUST ASK BON APPETIT'S ANDREW KNOWLTON, WHO NAMED THE SPOT THE #5 RESTAURANT IN THE COUNTRY IN 2013). THE ROOM ITSELF PROVIDES...
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THE BEST PLACES TO DRINK WINE IN PORTLAND

FOR A PLACE WITH JUST OVER HALF A MILLION PEOPLE, THERE IS AN OUTSIZE DENSITY OF GREAT WINE TO BE CONSUMED IN PORTLAND. IN FACT, THERE IS LIKELY MORE GOOD WINE PER CAPITA HERE THAN IN ANY OTHER U.S. CITY. WITH THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY JUST A SHORT DRIVE AWAY, PORTLAND IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE A GREAT N...
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THE NEW WAVE OF WINE: 6 SOMMELIERS TO WATCH IN 2015

BON APPETIT MAGAZINE, JANUARY 2015

GOOD-BYE HAUGHTY BOW-TIED SOMMELIERS OF YORE. THE NEW WAVE OF YOUNG WOMEN AND MEN IS JUST AS SMART ABOUT WINE - AND WON'T MAKE YOU FEEL CLUELESS FOR NOT KNOWING A VERDICCHIO FROM A VERMENTINO.

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THE CURRENT GENERATION OF SOMMELIERS ON THEIR INFLUENCES AND HOW THEY GOT INTO WINE

FOLLOWING LAST WEEK'S NEWS THAT ROBERT PARKER WAS SELLING A CONSIDERABLE PORTION OF HIS NEWSLETTER THE WINE ADVOCATE TO ASIAN IN...
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MEADOWOOD’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, DAY SIX: JOSHUA MCFADDEN OF AVA GENE’S

JOSHUA MCFADDEN IS ONE OF THE CHEFS THAT REPRESENTS THE NEW WAVE OF EXCITING COOKING HAPPENING UP IN PORTLAND THESE DAYS. HIS TWO RESTAURANTS, AVA GENE'S AND ROMAN CANDLE BAKING CO. HAVE GARNERED BOTH L...
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DON'T TOSS THE TRIMMINGS

KEEP THOSE MANGY GREEN BITS! DO LIKE THE PROS DO, AND USE EVERY LAST SCRAP. HERE ARE A FEW CLEVER TIPS FROM SOME OF THE COUNTRY'S BEST WHOLE-VEGETABLE COOKS.

"I FRY TOMATO SKINS IN OLIVE OIL UNTIL THEY'RE CRISP, AND THEN USE THEM TO GARNIS...
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THE 21 BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN AMERICA

ITALIAN FOOD IN AMERICA HAS BEEN UNDERGOING A BIT OF A RENAISSANCE IN THE LAST FEW DECADES, AND COMPLETELY WITHOUT DA VINCI'S HELP -- EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, YOU CAN FIND SOME GOOD OLD-FASHIONED RED GRAVY ADORNING, WELL, JUST ABOUT ANYTHING CHEFS CAN GET THEIR HANDS ON. AND CHEFS CAN GET THEIR HANDS ON A...
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HOW TO DEVOUR PORTLAND'S RESTAURANT SCENE IN 7 DAYS

THE ULTIMATE FOOD LOVER'S CHALLENGE A VERY FULL WEEK-LONG TOUR OF PORTLAND'S BEST RESTAURANTS. WE DARE YOU.

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Q+A: SOMMELIER DANA FRANK TALKS WINE

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH TOP SOMMS AND CHEFS

DANA FRANK, WINE DIRECTOR/SOMMELIER

PORTLAND, OREGON

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THE HOT 10: AVA GENE’S, THE #5 BEST NEW RESTAURANT IN AMERICA 2013

BON APPETIT MAGAZINE

I USED TO JUDGE A CHEF BY THE WAY HE OR SHE ROASTED A CHICKEN. BUT NOW THAT FARM-TO-TABLE IS THE STANDARD, IT'S MORE ABOUT WHAT THEY CAN DO WITH A CARROT. AT THE TRATTORIA-INSPIRED AVA GENE'S, THE SECOND RESTAURANT FROM STUMPTOWN COFFEE ROASTERS FOUNDER AND BUDDING RESTAUR...
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WINE ENTHUSIAST'S AMERICA'S 100 BEST WINE RESTAURANTS

AVA GENE'S FEATURED IN WINE ENTHUSIAST'S AMERICA'S 100 BEST WINE RESTAURANTS.

"WE HOPE YOU'RE THIRSTY, 2014 IS THE YEAR OF THE OENOPHILE, AND WINE ENTHUSIAST'S LIST OF AMERICA'S 100 BEST WINE RESTAURANTS CATERS TO THOSE LOOKING TO DRINK UP WHILE DINING OUT. THE FOCUS IS FIRMLY ON WINE...
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EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!

CHEFS ARE PUTTING DOWN PORK BELLY AND PICKING UP PARSNIPS

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AVA GENE’S CHEF LANDS VEGETABLE COOKBOOK DEAL

AVA GENE'S CHEF-PARTNER JOSHUA MCFADDEN AND PORTLAND WRITER MARTHA HOLMBERG HAVE LANDED A COOKBOOK DEAL FOR A HARDBACK TREATISE ON VEGETABLES. EAT BEAT HAS LEARNED THAT ARTISAN PUBLISHERS, THE NEW YORK HOUSE BEHIND THOMAS KELLER'S FAMED FRENCH LAUNDRY COOKBOOK, HAS COMMISSION...
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DUANE SORENSON'S AVA GENE'S NAMED A NATIONAL TRENDSETTER

DUANE SORENSON'S HIGH-END ITALIAN EATERY, AVA GENE'S, HAS RECEIVED A NATIONAL SHOUT OUT FROM A MAJOR INDUSTRY PUBLICATION.

THE RESTAURANT, FROM THE FOUNDER OF STUMPTOWN C...
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SARA KRAMER & GLASSERIE + JOSHUA MCFADDEN & AVA GENE'S

THURSDAY 16 JANUARY 2014

AVA GENE'S IS HAPPY TO SHARE OUR KITCHEN WITH SARA KRAMER OF GLASSERIE FOR A COLLABORATIVE DINNER TO KICK OFF 2014! JOSHUA & THE KITCHEN CREW WILL BE FEATURING EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN FLAVORS & DISHES FROM SARA'S CATALOGUE ALONGSIDE OUR CURRENT WINTER MENU OF ITA...
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JOSHUA MCFADDEN OF AVA GENE’S SHARES RUSTIC FALL RECIPES

AVA GENE'S IN PORTLAND OREGON, RECENTLY NAMED ONE OF AMERICA'S TOP TEN NEW RESTAURANTS...
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DINNER WITH JACOBSEN SALT CO

IF YOU'VE JOINED US FOR A MEAL AT AVA GENE'S, YOU'VE SEEN OUR KITCHEN STAFF WEARING JACOBSEN SALT CO CAPS WHILST COOKING THEIR HEARTS OUT. YOU HAVE ALSO TASTED THE DELICIOUS SALINE INFLUENCE BEN'S SALT HAS ON THE CREATIONS OF CHEF JOSHUA AND TEAM. OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE JACOBSEN FAMILY IS A STRONG ...
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AVA GENE'S + FRANNY'S = FAMILY

ON MONDAY, 5 AUGUST 2013, PLEASE JOIN AVA GENE'S IN WELCOMING ANDREW FEINBERG AND FRANCINE STEPHENS OF FRANNY'S IN BROOKYLN. OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF JOSHUA MCFADDEN COOKED AS CHEF DE CUISINE AT THEIR RESTAURANT BEFORE MOVING BACK TO PORTLAND IN 2011. ANDREW AND FRANCINE ARE CURRENTLY ON A CROSS COUNTRY BOO...
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PORTLAND MONTHLY: ITALY, ROCKING

HISTORICALLY, GRAND AMBITION HAS FIZZLED IN THIS TOWN LIKE A NORTH KOREAN ROCKET. RECLAIMED WOOD AND CONCRETE FLOORS HAVE BECOME THE UNIFORM. WE NOW HOUSE ENOUGH WOOD-FIRED FLAMES TO BURN DOWN THE ENTIRE NORTHWEST. WE NEED A NEW IDEA - A BAR-SETTER, A COHERENT PACKAGE OF PASSION AND PROFESS...
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THE OREGONIAN: LIVELY, WITH A SIDE OF RESTRAINT

LITERALLY, BAGNA CAUDA MEANS "HOT BATH," WHICH CAN BE A SENSORY ONSLAUGHT BY ITSELF. IT'S THE KIND OF PHRASING YOU'D EXPECT TO FIND ON THE MENU AT AVA GENE'S, WHICH PUSHES THE EXPERIENTIAL EDGE IN MANY WAYS: DISHES MORE COMMON TO SIENA THAN SOUTHEAST, COCKTAILS RESEMBLING INSPIRED CHEMISTRY EXPERIMENT...
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NEW YORK TIMES: IN PORTLAND, ORE., DINING GETS FINE WITHOUT LOSING FLAIR

AVA GENE'S

AMID PORTLAND'S D.I.Y. RESTAURANTS, WHERE A VENTILATION SYSTEM CAN DOUBLE AS DECOR, AVA GENE'S IS PROVOCATIVE PRECISELY FOR ITS POLISH. AS I WIGGLED INTO ITS LONG, DOUBLE-SIDED BANQUETTE, THE ROOM FAIRLY GLIMMERED WITH SOFT, BRASS LAMPLIGHT AND SHIMMERY TEAL TILE. E...
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WILLAMETTE WEEK: AVA-GARDE

A USER'S GUIDE TO DUANE SORENSON'S OFFBEAT ITALIAN JOINT.

WHY WAS MY BEER COMING IN BOTTLES? TAP HANDLES HANG BEHIND THE BAR AT AVA GENE'S, THE NEW ITALIAN RESTAURANT FROM COFFEE KINGPIN DUANE SORENSON, AND THE TABLES AROUND MINE SEEMED TO BE GETTING FRESH, ECOLOGICALLY RESPONSIBLE KEGGED BEER...
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CHEF JOSHUA MCFADDEN'S BITTER GREENS SALAD RECIPE IN FOOD+WINE MAGAZINE

BITTER-GREENS SALAD WITH MELTED CHEESE

TO MAKE THIS DELICIOUS AND SIMPLE SALAD SPECIAL, IT IS QUICKLY POPPED IN THE OVEN TO WILT THE GREENS AND MELT THE CHEESE.

TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN

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