Eat Beat's News to Chew, Part 1

Top food news stories from around Portland, including the departure of Genoa chef David Anderson.

By Allison Jones January 8, 2013

Chef David Anderson. Photo courtesy Genoa Restaurant.


SE Belmont: David Anderson has left Genoa after serving as Executive Chef of the lauded Italian restaurant since 2009. In his place, former Fenouil chef Jake Martin (who recently returned from a chef stint in Seattle) will oversee the kitchens at Genoa and neighboring cafe Accanto. Says GM Michael Garofola: "David did a great job re-launching Genoa and building Accanto into a great neighborhood spot, and we will miss him. However, this decision has been in the works for a while, and in fact we brought Jake down here with an eye towards this transition. We are really excited to have Jake in the kitchen, and I will be taking over the role of GM for both restaurants. This has been a very well-planned and smooth transition." Stay tuned for more details on the chef swap and future plans for the restaurant's menu. 2832 SE Belmont St 

SE Division: The Southeast Wine Collective is celebrating their coronation as Imbibe Magazine's Wine Bar of the Year with a new tasting room food menu and an upcoming chef-powered Supper Club series (with collaborations in the work with chefs from Roe, St. Jack, and Coquine PDX). Look for more details in the coming days on Eat Beat. 2425 SE 35th Place

SE Water: Ramen hot spot Boke Bowl will now be open seven days a week for lunch service, and four nights a week for dinner service. New 2013 hours: Monday through Wednesday from 11 am to 3 pm, and Thursday through Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm. “Boke Bird” Korean Fried Chicken will still be served on Thursday evenings from 5 to 9 pm. 1028 SE Water Ave

SE Powell: Lesa Wolman's space formerly known as Vino Vixens has rebranded and is now operating under the name Shaker and Vine. Modernist-leading chef Ronnie Vance (formerly of Burnside Brewing Co.) and barman Lucas Plant will offer food and cocktail menus to reach beyond the spot's wine bar reputation. On the edible side of things, the "affordable" menu will be split into "safe" and "adventurous" categories, offering classic cafe food alongside modernist creations. 2929 SE Powell

SE Stark: Meat Cheese Bread's John Stewart has debuted 750-square-foot Beerthe bottle shop and beer den located next door to his sandwich shop. Beer offers 8-10 local taps from breweries like Double Mountain, The Commons, Cascade, and Ninkasi, stocks over 100 small-batch bottles to buy or take away, and pours growlers for insatiable beer lovers. Customers are welcome to buy food next door and bring it over. 1410 Southeast Stark St.

SE Division: Duane Sorenson's upcoming pizza restaurant (set to occupy the former Stumptown roastery next door to Sorenson's just-opened Ava Gene's) will go by the name Roman Candle3377 SE Division St.

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