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Jenn Louis
Lincoln Restaurant, Culinary Artistry, Sunshine Tavern

Chef Jenn Louis

Jenn Louis’s culinary career has been propelled by pure moxie and an approach to life that mirrors her food: Keep it consistent, simple and purposeful. An avid traveler, she explored Europe, South America, Canada, and South Africa after graduating Pitzer College. From there Louis drove cross-country to work for Outward Bound in deep in the woods in North Carolina and in the Florida Keys and Everglades where she cooked meals for base camp staff. Looking for a bit more of a rush, she began work with at-risk youth, instructing rehab courses in the wilderness. But soon enough Jenn realized cooking was going to be more fun than social work.

After formalizing her training and working at some of Portland's most prominent restaurants such as Wildwood Restaurant and Bar, she decided to satisfy her inner entrepreneur. Jenn opened Culinary Artistry in 2000, and quickly became one of Portland's most respected caterers. Lincoln restaurant, a joint venture with her husband David Welch, followed in the summer of 2008, opening to rave reviews. For Jenn’s third property, she and David created Sunshine Tavern, a haven in the up-and-coming Southeast Division district, opening April 2011.

Accolades and Events:
2009 Lincoln named one of “Fifty Top New Restaurants In North America” by Conde Naste Traveler
2009 Cooked at James Beard House in Manhattan
2009, 2010 Plate & Pitchfork featured chef
2009, 2010 Portland Farmer's Market demo chef
2009, 2010 International Pinot Noir Festival demo chef
2010 James Beard Foundation “Best Chef Northwest” semifinalist
2010 Bite of Oregon demo chef
2010 International Association of Culinary Professionals conference, guest chef at Host City Reception
2011 Food & Wine/CNN’s Eatocracy Best People’s Chef nominee, Northwest
2011 James Beard Foundation “Best Chef Northwest” semifinalist
2011 Sunshine Tavern opens

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Last updated: 3/17/2011 10:09:59 AM