Jan 27, 2023
Upon his Beard nomination for Best Chef NW last year, we were honored to have Jonathan Jones on our podcast. Now that the second JBF nom has come his way, and after moving his Salem restaurant's location, we thought it would be worthwhile to revisit our interview with Chef Jones from March of 2022.
Jonathan Jones of Salem's Epilogue Kitchen and Cocktails makes his first podcast appearance with us just after his recent 2022 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northwest nomination. He asked us if we could focus on the positive, and for sure we did that, discussing what the nomination means to him, his paths from southeast Pennsylvania to Wisconsin and Vermont to Oregon to garner such an accolade, along with some of the people who helped inspire and instill in him what it took to be not only a great chef, but a responsible restaurant owner and active citizen.
Jonathan espouses appreciation for all the places he's lived, and especially for those things that make him satisfied with his and his wife's choice to move to Oregon. We do spend some time on his activism, partly manifested in encouraging reading with the library maintained at Epilogue, as well as the energy required to put forth to be an active person. We talk about what he has learned in promoting the interests of the underserved, and what changes he expects in the marathon of spreading understanding of the meaning and need for the Black Lives Matter movement .
We really enjoyed this talk and hope you supplement listening to this episode with a visit to Epilogue Kitchen and Cocktails in Salem to meet Chef Jonathan in person.