Chefs and Restaurateurs React to Renata Being Named The Oregonian's Restaurant of the Year Just Two Weeks After Opening Officially

"If you give me $1 million and tell me to run the best restaurant Portland has ever seen for three months I could do it, but is that sustainable? We don't know."

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Food & Drink
Can a restaurant which has officially been open for just two weeks be a credible choice for restaurant of the year? Oregonian critic Michael Russell believes so, naming wood-fired Italian joint Renata, which has been officially open for just two weeks, his pick in The O's annual food issue. The decision has sparked intense debate on OregonLive and Twitter today.Like this: "How is it possible ...   More
 
Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Martin Cizmar

The Oregonian Names 2016 Restaurant of the Year

Restaurant not yet named or built-out, but chef is good.

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Food & Drink
As if yesterday’s coronation of 2-week-old Renata as its 2015 restaurant of the year wasn’t bizarre enough, The Oregonian today announced its 2016 restaurant of the year will be Erik Van Kley’s as-yet-unnamed and not fully built-out spot in the Central Eastside Industrial District.Van Kley was previously honored as chef of the paper's 2012 Restaurant of the Year, Little Bird. In a prepared ...   More
 
Thursday, June 18, 2015 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Oregonian Accidentally Outs Food Critic Michael Russell?

BBQ slideshow appears to include photograph of Portland’s last anonymous food critic.

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Food & Drink
Most Portlanders who read Michael Russell’s restaurant reviews have never seen his face. That’s impressive in an era where it’s basically impossible to remain unphotographed, and when struggling media outlets obsessively attempt to promote their big names. Yet the Oregonian’s everyman food critic remains hidden behind a crude avatar that depicts him as an elderly hobo eagerly awaiting a pot ...   More
 
Monday, July 8, 2013 by Martin Cizmar

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