When Mark Doxtader opens the second incarnation of his wood-fired Tastebud restaurant this spring, he's not the one who will be behind the wood oven.
Instead, Portland Monthly's Eat Beat reports that Doxtader has tapped Jason Barwikowski, who was the opening chef at Olympic Provisions Southeast, as well as The Woodsman Tavern. Barwikowski left The Woodsman Tavern in August 2013.
Doxtader's roving wood-fired oven is a frequent sight at farmers markets and other events, baking up Montreal-style bagels and pizzas, and roasting vegetables and meats for his signature grain salads. But fans still miss his SE Milwaukie restaurant, with its expanded menu that included a wider roster of pizzas and one of the best roast chickens in town.
But the wait is almost over, as the still-to-be-named 45-seat restaurant is set to open in March 2015 at 7783 SW Capitol Highway in Multnomah Village. Barwikowski's influence on the menu remains to be seen, but he's an old-hand at live-fire cooking. He spent time in the Tastebud and Ned Ludd kitchens in preparation for his nearly three-year stint manning the Josper oven at The Woodsman Tavern.