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As a gastronomic society for the advancement of the culinary arts PLAZA DEL TORO is, first and foremost, a place for chefs to study and play. To that end we invite chefs to take over our kitchens and work with our teams to create unique culinary experiences and events.





Our May 2018 Chef in Residence series featured culinary events with three renowned chefs from Tel Aviv at PLAZA DEL TORO and Shalom Y’all Restaurant: Jonathan Borowitz of M25, Bentzi Arbel of Mifgash Osher, and Ron Gibori formerly of Jeremiah in Tel Aviv. The chefs will offered dishes on Shalom Y’all Restaurant’s menus May 9-13th, at a Happy Hour Welcome Party May 9th, and presented a Dim Sum Tapas Menu at PLAZA DEL TORO on May 11.

Chef Juanjo Canals / Spain

Chef Juanjo Canals of Madrid’s Con Amor and Despecho restaurants returned to Portland to kick of PLAZA DEL TORO's premiere Dim Sum Tapas Dinner Series. Juanjo, a veteran of PLAZA’s Chef in Residence series and Portland’s La Ruta PDX gastronomic festival, collaborated with PLAZA Chef Michael Kessler and Toro Bravo Chef Pat Manning on a Spanish tapas menu served in the style of Dim Sum.

Yaron Amar, Adam Barzilay & Ron Gibori / Israel

Our January 2017 Chef in Residence series featured five Israeli dinner events with three renowned chefs from Tel Aviv. Yaron Amar of Shila, Adam Barzilay of Shile Restaurant Group, and Ron Gibori of Jeremiah in Tel Aviv prepared a Moroccan-influenced feast at PLAZA DEL TORO, offer dishes on Shalom Y’all, Tasty n Sons and Mediterranean Exploration Company's menus, and cooked a collaborative Yemenite-influenced dinner with Toro Bravo Inc’s John Gorham and MEC/Shalom Y’all’s Kasey Mills at PLAZA DEL TORO.


We welcomed the renowned Chef Pascal Sauton as our second Chef in Residence. Pascal is a close friend to our restaurants - he even married John and Renee! He returned from retirement in France to cook at two PLAZA DEL TORO events. The first was a special dinner in remembrance of Pascal's downtown Portland institution, Carafe Bistro. Then Pascal squared off against St. Jack's Aaron Barnett at our 19th edition of VERSUS


Our first Chef in Residence was Juanjo Canals, chef/owner of Con Amor in Madrid, Spain. He joined us to cook a series of La Ruta del Toro events bridging the cultures of Spain and Portland through food and entertainment.