Cathy Whims

Chef, Owner
Cathy Whims


About Cathy Whims

Cathy Whims is the owner of Southeast Portland restaurant Nostrana. It quickly earned The Oregonian’s Best Restaurant of the Year Award. The classic Italian restaurant serves approachable regional food made with Northwest produce and cooked in a wood oven—like Neapolitan-style pizzas—or over a wood-fired grill. She also owns Oven and Shaker, a casual pizza place and the recently opened, Enoteca Nostrana, a 40 seat wine bar focusing on European wines. Chef Whims is a 2011 James Beard Award finalist for “Best Chef Northwest.” She was also a finalist in 2009 and 2010.

My Venues


  • Nominee for Best Chef: Northwest
    James Beard Foundation
  • Restaurant of the Year (Nostrana)
    The Oregonian
  • Founding member
    Slow Food Portland
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in Portland

Where I Go Out

Behind the Scenes

Oil cured anchovies on sliced
"Oil cured anchovies on sliced tomatoes with green beans al pomodoro. The signs of summer @#pomodoro"
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Baby favas at Nina June for
"Baby favas at Nina June for Autentico book celebration#maineinthemediteranean##thewaylifeahouldbe#nostranapdx"
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Muslim-style lamb
"Muslim-style lamb ribs#IACP40#iacp2018#amazingtourinFlushing"
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Oysters 101#shuckportland
"Oysters 101#shuckportland"
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At My Venues