Cathy Whims

Cathy Whims, former executive chef at Genoa restaurant in Portland, Oregon has been serving classic Italian fare to Portland diners for years. In the course of her professional career, Cathy has studied with Marcella and Victor Hazan at their home in Venice, with Madeleine Kamman at the highly respected School for American Chefs, and with Giancinto Albarello in his own kitchen at the Antica Torre Trattoria in Barbaresco, a renowned restaurant of the Langhe. Her extensive travels throughout Italy where she meets with chefs, restaurateurs, wine producers, distillers and artisan producers bring Cathy close to the heart of Italian cooking. Nostrana, a rustic Italian restaurant, opened its doors with Whims as executive chef and received The Oregonian’s Restaurant of the Year in 2006.

Ryan Magarian

Over the past 16 years, Portland native Ryan Magarian’s passionate approach to mixing drinks has gained him recognition as one of the Northwest’s most respected craft bartenders. Ryan, considered a purist by his industry peers, emphasizes classic and vintage cocktails occasionally re-imagined with whimsical and intelligent twists. An artisan dedicated to the extreme details of his craft, Ryan has received recognition from around the globe for his recipes and perspectives in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and Men’s Health and has further been featured on Food Network’s Unwrapped and the Women’s Entertainment Channel’s Young, Sexy, and Cookin’.


Launched in 2008 by Native Rose City Restauranteur Kurt Huffman,  Chefstable is a unique restaurant support  and investment group that that has successfully partnered with some of Portland, Oregon’s top culinary talent in such notable concepts as Gruner, St. Jack, Wafu, Foster Burger, Interurban, and Ping. For more information please link to