Dinner at Castagna

After visiting Portland for over 15 years and driving by this vaunted restaurant on Hawthorne, we finally ate at Castagna. Chef Kevin Gibson put Castagna on the map and went on to create amazing restaurants Evoe and Davenport.  Justin Woodward, who received the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef Award in 2013, is the executive chef at Castagna now.

At least for a time, you can find the menu here.  An early seating at 6pm meant daylight spilling in the window next to us which revealed the dishes much better than an after dark seating. We started with some amuse bouche:

Dinner at Castagna, Amuse Bouche #1, by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Dinner at Castagna, Amuse Bouche #1, by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

And there were more:

Dinner at Castagna, Amuse Bouche #2, by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Dinner at Castagna, Amuse Bouche #2, by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

And another:

Dinner at Castagna, Amuse Bouche #3, by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Dinner at Castagna, Amuse Bouche #3, by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

And one more:

Dinner at Castagna, Amuse Bouche #4, by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Dinner at Castagna, Amuse Bouche #4 – The Terrarium, by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

They counted the bread as an Amuse Bouche but…..let’s go to the next instead:

Appetizer, Dinner at Castagna by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Appetizer, Dinner at Castagna by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

The tenderest sturgeon ever….

Main, Dinner at Castagna by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Main, Dinner at Castagna by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

And let’s not forget desert:

Strawberry Dessert by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Strawberry Dessert by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

The wines were incredible pairings and as different from one another as the east is from the west. This was a fantastic visual and gustatory experience. It was worth waiting 15 years!

 

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