Restaurant Guide 2013: Ava Gene’s, Restaurant of the Year Runner-Up

Restaurant Guide
Ava Gene’s could have rested very comfortably on its laurels. A breakout hit from its first weekend, the avant-Italian follow-up to Duane Sorenson’s first restaurant, the Woodsman Tavern,    More
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Can You Trust a Chef to Write About Food?


Food & Drink
Chefs can be great food writers: They certainly know the product, the players and the trade. If they’ve got a way with words, they can be a joy to read. But chefs don’t—can’t—have objectivity. They have allies and enemies. They owe favors. They too often see things through the lens of their own career.Or so it seems to me.Which is why something in a Portland Mercury blog post caught ...   More
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Martin Cizmar


A user’s guide to Duane Sorenson’s offbeat Italian joint.

Food Reviews & Stories
Why was my beer coming in bottles? Tap handles hang behind the bar at Ava Gene’s, the new Italian restaurant from coffee kingpin Duane Sorenson, and the tables   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Future Drinking

Sorenson to open Ava Gene's, Stark Naked Pizza now Baby Doll, and more new places to eat and drink


Food & Drink
Our weekly reading of the bureaucratic tarot cards that are OLCC liquor license applications:Stumptown don Duane Sorenson has purchased the former Lauro Kitchen at 3377 SE Division St., where he will open a new restaurant called Ava Gene's. The application offers little else in the way of information—the old license forms used to make you write a bit about your menu, but the newer ones don't—except ...   More
Friday, May 25, 2012 RUTH BROWN


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