PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Salem is in the culinary highlight as chef and cafe proprietor Jonathan Jones was named a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef in the Location for the second year in a row.

The term “epilogue” can be applied to explain a summary in a tale. Nevertheless, at Jones’ downtown Salem cafe — Epilogue Kitchen area and Cocktails — issues are starting up to pick up in a ton of strategies.

The menu nods to his appreciate for publications, as Jones defined, “my wife and I are huge nerds.”

Epilogue displays Jones from food items that has connections to Pennsylvania and the Pacific Northwest to connecting his neighborhood with Black authors in the restaurant’s library room.

“We have anything from a background of the Civil War, from Sumter to Perryville to actually modern day, kind of post-apocalyptic sci-fi that is just like a celebration of strange, geeky science fiction,” Jones mentioned.

  • Salem, OR's Epilogue, James Beard Award semifinalist, merges cuisine, community
  • Salem, OR's Epilogue, James Beard Award semifinalist, merges cuisine, community

Jones also can take pleasure in acquiring a company that authentically displays who he is.

“For the eight to 13 hours, we’re below in this creating, this is our home. So, we’re inviting you into our dwelling and like opening up ourselves to check out and make connections,” Jones mentioned. “Food is universal. Every person speaks food stuff.”

Inside the earlier year, he expanded into a larger sized house, and grew from 7 to 19 personnel associates. With the restaurant’s popularity also arrived some pushback, which include being specific with racism and a horde of fake on the internet testimonials.

Nonetheless, Jones claims “the very best way to combat again is to just get louder and be exceptional.”

For this ebook lover, he’s in a chapter that is crammed with personalized advancement and Epilogue is extra like a commencing than an ending.

“This is the tale just after the story. I form of pigeonhole myself because what we have to do up coming, I have to occur up with a new naming scheme,” Jones joked.

James Beard Award finalists will be announced at the end of March, adopted by the winners’ announcement in June.

By Taba