A partnership between three of Portland’s most accomplished industry veterans, Oven and Shaker is a modern urban saloon in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District that ties together the hearty Italian Street food and wood burning oven pizza making talent of 4 time James Beard Award Nominated Chef Cathy Whims with the ingredient-driven classic cocktails of veteran Northwest bartender Ryan Magarian.
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.