Saturday Dinner – August 3, 2019
-> Russian and former Soviet Union foodways collide with American roots music headliners.
ABOUT THE CHEF: The first-generation American daughter of Belarusian immigrants, chef Bonnie Morales (née Frumkin) grew up in Chicago in a large family that brought with them the distinctive culture of food and drink of the former Soviet Union. As an adult, Morales first began her professional career in product design, but after briefly working for a design consultancy in NYC, she left to pursue a career in food. She trained at the Culinary Institute of America, then honed her skills in several of New York and Chicago’s Michelin starred restaurants including Tru, where she met her future husband and business partner, Israel Morales. In 2014, the Morales’ opened Kachka, their dream restaurant devoted to the food that Bonnie grew up with, inspired by Russia and former Soviet republics such as Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, and Uzbekistan. The creative, geometric plating of these dishes at Kachka is evidence of Morales’ design background. Kachka was named Willamette Week’s Restaurant of the Year shortly after opening, and has since received much acclaim and accolades from publications such as Bon Appétit, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Elle and Food & Wine. Eater National included Kachka on their list of Best Restaurants in America in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Chef Bonnie Morales was named one of Tasting Table’s “New Originals,’ and nominated for Food & Wine’s The People’s Best New Chef in 2015. Bonnie was named one of the Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 in 2017, a Rising Star chef by StarChefs, and a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest in 2018. The restaurant recently launched a craft spirits line, Troika Spirits, with the release of Kachka Horseradish Vodka. In November of 2017, Bonnie’s first cookbook, Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking, was released to critical acclaim.
ABOUT CURATION: Each Curation event at Pickathon lasts an hour and a half, starting with appetizers and drinks from the featured bartender, also drawn from Portland’s culinary scene. Curation attendees then enjoy an intimate and special performance by the guest artist who has been paired with the Curation chef. Following the performance, the chef presents an expanded multi-course meal conceived of and designed for the Curation event. The chefs conceptualize this menu based on discussions with the band and food provider, drawing inspiration from the artists’ music to create one-of-a-kind menus. The table is set under the forested greenery of Pendarvis Farm, and the band plays to an audience of select guests eager to discover something new. Curation looks to the crossroads of creativity, as chef and artist draw inspiration from each other, and push each other to new heights. The result is a magical experience, a festival within a festival.