Willamette Valley, Oregon – The award-winning Allison Inn & Spa welcomes Kenny Giambalvo as Executive Chef. In his new role, Chef Giambalvo will take the helm of all culinary operations at the 85-room destination resort including the signature restaurant JORY, celebrated for its seasonal Oregon Wine Country cuisine.
With over 26 years of Executive Chef experience under his belt, Chef Giambalvo brings extensive knowledge and understanding of the culinary world to The Allison. His early career achievements range from New York fine dining experience at The Rainbow Room, Le Cygne, La Cote Basque, The Polo and more, while his Executive Chef experience comes from a few years at Ristorante Bologna in the Hotel Marina Mandarin in Singapore. After making his way through Remi Ristorante in Santa Monica, CA, Chef Giambalvo most recently comes from 11 years at Bluehour restaurant, which he co-owned and operated.
“I am honored to be taking on the role of Executive Chef at The Allison and look forward to continuing to elevate the dining experience throughout the property using our Chef’s Garden flavor profiles to create bountiful menus,” said Chef Giambalvo,. “As a team, we are excited to curate dishes that relate back to the Willamette Valley to positively impact the region as a whole.”
“I had the pleasure of enjoying Chef Kenny’s incredible food at Bluehour in Portland and we are thrilled to add him as Executive Chef to the hard-working, dynamic team at The Allison,” said Pierre Zreik, Managing Director of The Allison Inn & Spa. “His passion for locally sourced ingredients and creativity in the kitchen compliments our locavore philosophy and will certainly elevate our culinary experience at The Allison.”
The culinary team at The Allison prides itself on developing innovative dishes through the creative use of ingredients from the 1.5-acre on-property Chef’s Garden and greenhouse. In addition to JORY, the exceptional garden-to-table menu is available throughout the property including in-Room Dining and on the light fare menu at the Allison Spa Café. An intimate dining experience is available at the Chef’s Table adjacent to the glass-enclosed kitchen, serving 2-10 people, and private dining rooms are available for dinner parties seating up to 12 guests. The JORY menu is complimented by an extensive 800-label wine list, managed internally by The Allison’s newly appointed Wine Director Kristen Young.
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About The Allison Inn & Spa:
The Allison Inn & Spa, in Oregon Wine Country’s Willamette Valley, situated on 35 hillside acres, features 77 luxury guest rooms (all with fireplaces, terrace or balcony, window seat and spa-like bathrooms), and 8 spacious suites. Awarded the prestigious LEED Gold Certification less than a year after opening in the fall of 2009, The Allison Inn blends naturally into the lush beauty of the typography with minimal impact.
The luxurious Allison Spa features 12 treatment rooms, a fitness studio, indoor swimming pool, hair and nail salon, and retail boutique with signature items. The Allison Spa uses organic and local products and is uniquely known for its “pinotherapy” treatment, a pinot-inspired botanical and biological therapy produced by wine and grape seed extracts derived from the resort’s vineyard.
The signature restaurant, JORY, features Oregon Wine Country Cuisine coupled with an extensive Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence 2014” 800-label wine list and many wines available by the glass. JORY maintains its Forbes Travel Guide Four Star ranking with the locavore menu, which reflects The Allison’s creative garden-to-table philosophy, accentuating native flavors of the Willamette Valley and its bountiful local agriculture. Located 60 minutes from Portland International Airport, approximately 45 minutes from downtown and 1.5 hours drive to the Oregon Coast, The Allison is located at 2525 Allison Lane, Newberg, Oregon 97132, www.theallison.com.