I started cooking professionally during a year living in Italy on organic farms. Thus, from the start, my cooking has always been focussed on the raw materials - vegetables primarily - that go into a meal. To me, a cook's job is to find the best local products, and figure out how to convey them in the truest way to the plate.
I cooked for years at highly regarded restaurants in New York City - most notably Gramercy Tavern - before relocating to Portland, Oregon, and from there to Astoria.
Shortly after moving to town, I joined Street 14 Cafe and re-worked the breakfast and lunch menus with a focus on fresh produce, whole grains, pickled and fermented vegetables, and housemade offerings. I built a dinner service from the ground up, with a weekly changing menu that sourced exclusively from local farms and purveyors.
The relationships I have developed with the growers and getters on the North Coast and in SW Washington are years in the making. I am excited to be able to bring the bounty of our region directly to the home kitchen.
Alimento is about good, real food. To that end, we offer several services that highlight the bounty of the Pacific Northwest, specifically the lower Columbia region around Astoria, Oregon. The following services can be personalized to fit your needs.
Our weekly meal kit - available in NW Oregon and SW Washington - is a great way to cook fresh and local food at home within the time constraints of a busy schedule. More information here.
We also offer private chef services. Consider hiring Andrew Catalano to cook for your next gathering. Send us a message.
We occasionally host food and drink events at our Astoria home. These range from casual cook-outs to multi-course meals with wine pairings. As always, these meals use products sourced exclusively from local growers. Join our mailing list to keep informed about the next event.