After co-founding the Italian restaurant Portobello Vegan Trattoria in 2008, chef Aaron Adams has announced he's stepping away from the restaurant, selling his stake to longtime partner Dinae Horne. According to Adams, current sous chef Matthew Zita takes over day-to-day kitchen operations; Zita has been running the Portobello kitchen over the past month to ensure a smooth transition.
Adams says he'll shift his focus to consulting work, the occasional pop-up dinner, volunteer work, and "basically trying to continue to fall deeper and deeper in love with cooking. I need some time to get out of the creative rut I've been in and work on improving myself professionally." Earlier this year, Adams revamped Portobello's menu to emphasize its casual "trattoria" offerings, upping its available vegetable dishes, vegan cheese courses, and pasta offerings.
· Portobello Vegan Trattoria [Official site]
· All Previous Aaron Adams Coverage [Eater PDX]