Thursday, October 13, 2016

Vitaly Paley's Headwaters Restaurant to Open October 14th at Portland's Heathman Hotel

After a dramatic renovation, chef/owner Vitaly Paley, his longtime wife/partner Kimberly Paley and Garrett Peck will open Headwaters, the reimagined dining room at the Heathman Hotel on Friday, October 14.

Chef Vitaly Paley
Chef Vitaly Paley will be 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. The property, which possesses a storied culinary history, was constructed in the early Twentieth Century and is a member of the National Historic Register. The vibrant and bustling space opens to SW Broadway, and centers around the open kitchen designed by Paley, boasting a large hearth and raw bar. The restaurant will be open daily, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as brunch on the weekends. 

Named for “the source,” Headwaters will showcase local ingredients from Oregon’s diverse bounty, from farm to sea. The menu at Headwaters will embrace the past, while building a brand new chapter for the grand restaurant with Paley’s renowned cooking style.

The menu is an expression and collaboration between Vitaly Paley and Executive Chef Ken Norris with Pacific Northwest flavors flowing throughout. The menu at Headwaters will emphasize classic French techniques in a modern manner, exploring the historic significance of the Heathman, the region and its past. Headwaters will boast a Sea Bar menu, and daily whole roasted fish served with simple accompaniments allowing the sustainably sourced fish to shine through. 

Other sections include the playful Seafood According to the French, which will include some of Paley and Norris’ favorite old school but modernized seafood preparations, served tableside in a grand yet unstuffy manner, like Papillote with black cod, fall ratatouille and a saffron vin blanc sauce and Bonne Femme with petrale sole, mushroom duxelles and sea urchin beurre fondue. Headwaters will also offer full breakfast, lunch, and brunch menus. Keeping in theme with Flatbreads According to the French selections offered at lunch, and Eggs According to the French offered during brunch service. The pastry program will be led by chef Jeff McCarthy, including dishes such as a Pistachio Financier with saffron cremeux, ginger milk crumbs, yogurt coulis, and Gingerbread Baba with rum glazed hasselback pear, and butter pecan ice cream.

The cocktail program at Headwaters will be led by Brandy Feit, a protege of lauded bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler. Feit has designed a cocktail menu with playful spins on the classics with a Headwaters twist. Cocktails will include the Late for Dinner with duck confit Dickel Rye whiskey, spiced orange tea syrup,bitters, served over a big cube, Sweater Puppies made with Starka, Calvados, Cardamaro, and apple butter, two classic cocktails on tap, and KVASS Punch, a non-alcoholic Russian beverage, a nod to the once popular Aloha Room cocktail lounge at the Heathman Hotel. The wine list accentuates Oregon’s brightest winemakers, was curated by general manager and wine director Thomas Hebenstreit, and designed and fabricated by Danny Essin.

Russian Tea in the Heathman Tea Court will begin in late November. The chefs will 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. The Russian Tea menu will offer Vitaly’s creative interpretations from the classic pastime, adding a jolt of energy to tea time. The menu will comprise of both sweet and savory Russian dishes and will feature a traditional Russian samovar service option with teas from Smith Teamaker, plus wines, champagne, and vodka.

Headwaters will be open daily, for breakfast Monday through Friday 6:30 to 11 a.m., for lunch Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner Sunday through Thursday 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m., brunch Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Happy hour will be Monday through Friday 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 3 to 6 p.m.

Headwaters is located at 1001 SW Broadway (The Heathman Hotel), Portland, Oregon 97205. Find more information at, by phone 503-790-7752, and for private dining information, call 503-790-7126. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram  @HeadwatersPDX.

Photos courtesy: Broussard Communications