At Castagna, newly appointed executive chef Justin Woodward has quickly proved himself: In its just-released list of Best New Restaurants, Portland Monthly magazine called Woodward's food—and his signature amuse-bouche snacks—"a signal of yet another exciting chapter" for the Hawthorne haute spot. Find out what the critics are buzzing about with this Gourmet offer: Pay $140 for the night's ever-changing ten-course menu with wine pairings, a special cocktail, and a $10 voucher for the adjacent Café Castagna. Gratuity is included.
Woodward was an influential part of Castagna's 2009 culinary facelift from rustic European to Portland's most avant-garde dining room, and is on the cutting edge of farm-to-table—foraging for ingredients in the woods and using herbs in unexpected places. Expect such wildly imaginative and strikingly artistic plates as cauliflower in various textures with oysters and sorrel; winter squash with nasturtium; and razor clams with walnut curd. At the casual Café Castagna, tuck into classic bistro comfort food: a burger and fries, potato-leek soup, roast chicken, and a root beer float.
Portland Monthly deemed the restaurant's tonka-bean ice cream with brown-butter cake, a chocolate "tube," and a shower of fresh herbs "the best dessert of the year." With praise like that after just three months at the helm, we can't wait to see what tricks Woodward still has up his sleeve.
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10-Course Menu with Wine, Signed Menu, and Café Castagna Gift Certificate
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