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Before you visit JORY at The Allison Inn, the signature restaurant at The Allison Inn & Spa, here are five things you should know:
1. The 100-seat Oregon restaurant spotlights farm-to-table cuisine and features local growers from nearby hazelnut farms, olive groves, orchards and even a handful of local cheese makers. Executive chef Sunny Jin also loves to garden and harvests from his half-acre plot daily to garnish plates with just-plucked edibles.
2. The extensive 800-label leather-bound wine list will excite any oenophile, especially pinot noir devotees — it boasts the largest selection of pinot noir in the state. JORY offers more than 50 pours by the glass and numerous selections of half bottles, which lend to unique food and wine pairings. To further educate your palate, creative flights (three or four tastings) are available in the following categories: pinot gris, Oregon pinot noir, Northwest pinot noir, A Trip Around the World, chardonnay.
If wine is not your cup of tea, the signature cocktails and craft beer list will quench your thirst for a taste of the Northwest. JORY Bar serves a Pinotini — a martini with a splash of pinot noir. Try the pinot soda on ice as a refreshing alternative to non-alcoholic beverages.
3. Gourmands will swoon when they learn that the talented chef Jin honed his culinary chops at the legendary El Bulli and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant The French Laundry. The chef’s dishes and palate are equally exquisite. Look for him in the Cape Cod restaurant’s open kitchen — he’s the one with culinary tweezers in hand, carefully topping each amuse-bouche with a colorful, edible accent from bacon lardon in winter to magenta nasturtium in summer.
4. You can have your drama and eat it, too. If you grab a counter seat in front of the open kitchen (up to 10 guests), you are in for a night of culinary theater. You’ll have a front-row seat to the art of filleting and grilling, smoking and sautéing, chopping, dicing and slicing. We think it’s the best seat in the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant.
5. Meet the winemakers — from teeny-tiny boutique producers to the pinot pioneers — in the JORY Bar every Thursday, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and enjoy live jazz performances on Friday and Saturday evenings.