For each of our monthly Oyster Socials, we collaborate with a chef and/or business we love. This month, we've hit the jackpot. Chef Timothy Wastell is probably the chef that other Portland chefs most want to be when they grow up. Crazy talented, unreasonably humble and religiously dedicated to seasonality and supporting local farms, Timothy is truly one of the shiniest diamonds in a city full of gems.
After decades spent in kitchens (DOC, Firehouse, Old Salt, and Sweedeedee among them), Timothy now has a more well-rounded life that in addition to cooking at farms and wineries also includes a full dance card as chef in residence to the Culinary Breeding Network, researcher and consultant to Oregon State University, Portland Farmers Market board of directors member, Groundwork Organics market boy, and proud papa. All of this feeds his creativity and informs his farm-focused food, making it as thoughtful as it is delicious.
Trust us, you'll want to take advantage of this rare opportunity to enjoy Tim's food. He'll be collaborating with longtime friend and fellow chef Drew Marquardt on a highly personal menu of small plates inspired by super seasonal high-brow takes on humble foods from their midwest upbringing (see MENU below). As usual, we'll be popping fresh NW oysters and our friends from Merit Badge will be raising the bar.
No reservations necessary, just drop by from 5-9pm for restaurant-style seating (though we suggest arriving early). Hope to see you at the table, friends!
SPECIAL MENU BY CHEFS TIMOTHY WASTELL & DREW MARQUARDT
Pantry Raid $13
Pickled & Fermented vegetables, Cherry wood smoked sturgeon, corned beef tongue,
homemade cheese and crackers
Crudités of October Vegetables $8
Served iced. Pickled ramp ranch
Shaved Black Futsu Squash Salad $9
Treviso, anchovy citronette, pecorino fiore sardo
Celeriac Gratin $8
Sweet onion & celery soubise, bread crumbs
Octopus Panzanella $9
Camas Country Carta di Musica, little gem lettuce, our giardiniera
Escarole, Pear & Parsnip Salad $11
Deercreek “Blue Jay” Blue, Spiced Hazelnuts and Pear Butter
Cedar Planked Sweet Potatoes $11
Miso Marshmallows & Pickled Cherry bomb peppers
Ricotta & Lovage Dumplings $16
Slow cooked Square Peg Farm “Freedom Ranger” Chicken, Hen of the Woods
Mushrooms & Pea Greens
Smoked Pastured Pork Ribs $19
Firecracker apples, Jaret’s Cider Vinegar, Mustard Greens