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Ava Gene’s Joshua McFadden Takes Home a James Beard for his Vegetable-Happy Cookbook

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Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

Yesterday was a tough day in the Portland restaurant scene: Ray chef Jenn Louis disclosed her side of the Lincoln incident, and Xico announced that chef Kelly Myers has suffered a massive stroke. But not all the news is difficult news: Ava Gene’s chef-owner Joshua McFadden took home a Beard, and a popular pop-up adds another restaurant to its roster. Take a look below:

AWARD SEASON — Joshua McFadden took home a James Beard award Friday, but not for his restaurant. Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables, the seasonality-centric cookbook he wrote with food writer Martha Holmberg, nabbed the Vegetable-Focused Cooking Media Award over another local chef’s book, Jenn Louis’s The Book of Greens. In My Kitchen by Deborah Madison was also nominated. [EaterWire]

BIG MONEY — What happens in Portland doesn’t stay in Portland, apparently. Eater Las Vegas reports that Pok Pok Wing and Lardo are both headed to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The fancy new food hall will also feature Hattie B’s Hot Chicken of Nashville among others. [Eater Vegas]

BHUNA BOUNCES — After accruing significant buzz for his Monday-night Indian soul food at Culmination Brewing, Deepak Kaul’s pop-up Bhuna is adding a second night to its docket. Chef Kaul will head over to Dame on Tuesdays starting May 8, where owner Jane Smith will pair natural wines with his menu. [EaterWire]

SWITCHEROO — Chef Alex Diestra at Clarklewis has quietly left the restaurant, an Eater tipster reports, and new chefs are on the docket. Sous-chef Brandon Stein took over his abandoned reins, and the restaurant now has a new pastry chef, Brandi Lansill. She was previously a chef-owner at Jacqueline, so she’s no joke. [EaterWire]

VIVIENNE ON AND ON — Sandy brunch cafe and pastry shop Vivienne has started dinner service Fridays and Saturdays, with items like chickpea stew with San Marzano tomatoes and a feta-stuffed lamb burger. Dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m., though hours may extend longer as the weather improves. [EaterWire]

BURGER UNION SOLDIERS ON — Now that the Southeast Portland Burgerville store has officially unionized, making it the first federally recognized fast food union in the country, the Gladstone outpost wants a piece of the action. According to Willamette Week, the national office says it will support a vote for the employees at that store, which could make that location the company’s second officially unionized fast food restaurant. [WWeek]

Portland Chef Jenn Louis Says Her Domestic Violence Incident Was a Response to Abuse [EPDX]
Xico Chef Kelly Myers Suffers Massive Stroke [EPDX]
All Ava Gene’s coverage [EPDX]
All Joshua McFadden coverage [EPDX]
Here Is the Full List of 2018 James Beard Foundation Media Award Winners [Eater]
Boom! Cosmopolitan Reveals Six New Restaurants Opening This Fall [Eater Vegas]
A Bunch of Pop-Ups and Carts Are Finding New Homes [EPDX]
Vivienne [Official]
Burgerville Workers Just Became the First Officially Recognized Fast-Food Union [EPDX]
Gladstone Burgerville Grants Workers a Union Election [EPDX]

Correction: This story has been corrected to show that Jane Smith is the sole owner of Dame, not the co-owner.

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