James Beard Chef Vitaly Paley Explores his Russian Roots this January with Dumpling Nights, New DaNet Dates, and Russian Tea
Kick off 2018 with the launch of Dumplings & Vodka Mondays this January at Paley’s Place, plus new Russian Tea Experience and DaNet dates!
PORTLAND, Ore. (December 18, 2017) – James Beard Chef Vitaly Paley will kick off 2018 with a bang! In addition to brand new dates for his popular Russian pop-up series, DaNet, and the continuation of the Russian Tea Experience on Saturdays and Sundays in the New Year at Headwaters, Chef Paley will launch DaNet Dumplings & Vodka Mondays at Paley’s Place. Hosted on January 15th, 22nd, and the 29th; don your ushanka and hop a sled straight to Paley’s Place! The menu will feature plenty of pickles, an array of dumplings both savory and sweet, and of course, plenty of vodka. Tickets will be available through the Feastly, and are $45 per person. There will be vodka flights available for purchase. An example menu will include:
Pickles, Pickles, Pickles!
Beef, Lamb, and Pork Khinkali; black pepper, melted butter
Khanuma, saffron chicken broth, sweet herbs
Varenyky, two-ways; one with potato, topped with bacon and onions/the other, with sauerkraut, topped with smetana and dill
Jam-Filled Ponchiki (served with tea)
Vitaly Paley’s beloved Russian pop-up dinner series, DaNet, is back with new winter dates in the New Year in its new location. Experience a gastronomic event to remember as Chef Paley takes guests through a nostalgia-filled tour of his homeland through stories and food. DaNet dinners will be hosted on Saturday, January 13th, Saturday, February 10th and Saturday, March 10th at 6:30pm. For each event in this popular dinner series, Chef Paley and team will transform the wood-paneled Heathman Grand Tea Court venue with artwork and decorative elements from Paley’s family and transport guests straight to Russia. Reservations will be available on Feastly.
The Russian Tea Experience will continue into the New Year on Saturdays and Sundays with seatings at noon and 2:30pm beginning on January 13th and 14th. Reservations are on Open Table. The Russian Tea menu is an expression and collaboration between Vitaly Paley, Executive Chef Tim Eckard, and Pastry Chef Megan Jeans. Together the chefs pay homage to the rich history of the tea court at the Heathman Hotel, while adding a Russian flare that speaks to Paley’s own heritage, with a bit of inspiration pulled from his notable pop-up DaNet illustrating pre-Soviet Russian cuisine. The Russian Tea Court serves Vitaly’s creative interpretations from the classic pastime, adding a jolt of energy to tea time. The menu is comprised of both sweet and savory Russian dishes. Sweet tea companions include Steopka (grandmother’s sour cream and walnut cake), Tort Po Kievski (hazelnut meringue, coffee buttercream, chocolate ganache), and Lemon Zest Halva (a crystallized sesame candy). Savory dishes include Mushroom Piroshki (fresh made potato bread stuffed with mushrooms), Khachapouri (Georgian cheese bread, local honey), Walnut-Stuffed Eggplant Roll (sunflower seed oil, preserved lemon, mint) and Traditional Blini (salmon caviar, sour cream). The Russian Tea Experience beverage program features a traditional Russian samovar service including an array of teas from Steven Smith Teamaker including two custom blends, plus wines, champagne, vodka, and cocktails from bar manager Brandy Feit, all available for purchase.
Headwaters is located in the historic Heathman Hotel in Downtown Portland. In October of 2016 after a dramatic renovation, chef/owner Vitaly Paley, his longtime wife/partner Kimberly Paley and Garrett Peck opened the reimagined dining room at the Heathman Hotel. The property, which possesses a storied culinary history, was constructed in the early Twentieth Century and is a member of the National Historic Register. Chef Vitaly Paley is the third James Beard Best Chef Northwest winner to take the helm of the Portland institution, a long running dining destination in the Pacific Northwest. Named for “the source”, Headwaters showcases local ingredients from Oregon’s diverse bounty, from farm to sea. The approachable menu is an expression and collaboration between Vitaly Paley and Executive Chef Tim Eckard with Pacific Northwest flavors flowing throughout. The chefs pay homage to the rich history of the location, reviving the iconic tea court, adding a Russian flare that speaks to Paley’s own heritage, with a bit of inspiration pulled from his notable pop-up DaNet illustrating pre-Soviet Russian cuisine. Headwaters has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, OPB’s Think Out Loud, The Oregonian, Bon Appetit Magazine and Russian Tea at Headwaters has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, Sunset Magazine, and Portland Monthly Magazine. Headwaters was named one of Portland’s best restaurants of 2017 by both Portland Monthly and The Oregonian. Headwaters showcases Paley’s renowned cooking, which helped him earn Portland Monthly’s 2012 Chef of the Year and a 2012 Empire Builder Award by Food & Wine. Chef Paley also received the 2005 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Pacific Northwest award, was nominated as a 2012 and 2013 James Beard Foundation Semifinalist for Outstanding Chef, and was a victor on Food Network’s popular series Iron Chef America. Paley, considered the Dean of Portland Chefs for many years, rediscovers Pacific Northwest culinary pathways and follows the footsteps of Oregon’s own James Beard. Headwaters is located at 1001 SW Broadway (The Heathman Hotel), Portland, Oregon 97205. Find more information at www.headwaterspdx.com, by phone 503-790-7752, and for private dining information, call 503-790-7126. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at HeadwatersPDX.
ABOUT PALEY’S PLACE
Paley’s Place offers Pacific Northwest Bistro Fare using local & sustainable seasonal products, served in the warm and inviting setting of a Victorian home. As the 2005 winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Northwest and victor on Food Network’s popular series Iron Chef America, Vitaly Paley creates seasonal menus from the bounty of the Northwest – fresh ingredients supplied by local farmers, growers and purveyors – with French and Russian influences. For reservations and information, please call 503-243-2403 or visit www.paleysplace.net. Follow Paley’s Place on Instagram at @paleysplace, on Twittter at @PaleysPlace and on Facebook. Paley’s Place is located at 1204 NW 21st Avenue, Portland, Oregon.