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Awards and Acknowledgements

2018 Bonnie Morales, finalist for James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest

2018 Bonnie Morales, Star Chefs Rising Star Chef 2018

2018 Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking wins Food 52’s Piglet competition

2017 Eater Essential Restaurants in America (and inducted into the “Hall of Fame”)

2017 Bon Appetit’s Generation Next Chefs, Chef Bonnie Morales

2016 Willamette Week’s Best Restaurants Issue: “Kachka is Very Probably America’s Best Russian Restaurant”

2016 Eater Essential Restaurants in America

2015 Oregonian Rising Star

2015 Tasting Table’s Best New Originals 2015, Chef Bonnie Morales

2015 Food & Wine’s The People’s Best New Chef 2015 nominee, Chef Bonnie Morales

2015 GQ 25 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2015, Kachka

2015 Bon Appetit: America’s Best New Restaurant Nominees, Kachka

2015 James Beard Award nomination (semifinalist) for Best New Restaurant, Kachka

2015 Food & Wine New Originals: Kachka

2015 Eater Essential Restaurants in America

2014 Willamette Week Restaurant of the Year

2014 Portland Monthly Best Restaurants

Bonnie Morales

Chef and Co-Owner, Kachka

The first-generation American daughter of Belarusian immigrants, chef Bonnie Morales (née Frumkin) grew up in Chicago in a large family that brought with them the distinctive culture of food and drink of the former Soviet Union. As an adult, Morales first began her professional career in product design, but after briefly working for a design consultancy in NYC, she left to pursue a career in food. She trained at the Culinary Institute of America, then honed her skills in several of New York and Chicago’s Michelin starred restaurants including Tru, where she met her future husband and business partner, Israel Morales. In 2014, the Morales’ opened Kachka, their dream restaurant devoted to the food that Bonnie grew up with, inspired by Russia and former Soviet republics such as Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, and Uzbekistan. The creative, geometric plating of these dishes at Kachka is evidence of Morales’ design background. Kachka was named Willamette Week’s Restaurant of the Year shortly after opening, and has since received much acclaim and accolades from publications such as Bon Appétit, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Elle and Food & Wine. Eater National included Kachka on their list of Best Restaurants in America in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Chef Bonnie Morales was named one of Tasting Table’s “New Originals,’ and nominated for Food & Wine’s The People’s Best New Chef in 2015. Bonnie was named one of the Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 in 2017, a Rising Star chef by StarChefs, and a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest in 2018. The restaurant recently launched a craft spirits line, Troika Spirits, with the release of Kachka Horseradish Vodka. In November of 2017, Bonnie’s first cookbook, Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking, was released to critical acclaim.

 

Israel Morales

Co-Owner, Kachka

A true passion for hospitality drives Israel Morales in his work overseeing Kachka’s dining room, operations and bar program. Israel has worked in restaurants for his entire career, and during his tenure as Dining Room Manager at the lauded Tru in Chicago, the restaurant was awarded the James Beard Award for Outstanding Service. What inspires Israel daily in his work at Kachka is introducing guests to the Russian way of eating and drinking — where food and drink are inextricably intertwined, and meals follow a cadence that is a new experience for most diners. He’s developed a distinctive beverage program to facilitate this, particularly in the restaurant’s renowned vodka list and selection of seasonal house made vodka infusions, which range from traditional Russian formulations to those that utilize ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. Israel also manages Troika Spirits, Kachka’s retail line of vodka infusions, launched in 2016. Israel studied music theory and composition as an undergraduate, and holds a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu and is a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. While not running the restaurant, he and his wife and business partner Bonnie enjoy time with their two sons.