Domaine Serene Adds New Executive Chef to Expand Its Renowned Culinary Offering
Nearly three years after opening the Clubhouse at Domaine Serene in the Dundee Hills, Domaine Serene is set to elevate their highly regarded culinary program yet again. Chef Athena Delgado will assume the role of Executive Chef of Evenstad Estates to advance a culinary program that cut its teeth by adding an exciting dimension to the burgeoning wine and food landscape in the Northern Willamette Valley.
The culinary component of Domaine Serene has been no stranger to high praise. Forbes critic, John Mariani most recently stated that the 45th Parallel Wine and Food Experience was "One of the finest meals I've ever enjoyed on the West Coast." The addition of Executive Chef Athena Delgado shows that Domaine Serene, along with the entire portfolio of properties now known as Evenstad Estates, is looking to take its program to the next level.
“At Domaine Serene and Evenstad Estates we are always on the quest for the best and brightest talent in the world to continue to elevate our wines and experiences. Chef Delgado’s addition is no exception. She brings a wealth of unparalleled fine-dining experience from some of the finest Michelin Star-rated kitchens in the world.” says President Ryan Harris. “In addition to taking control of the kitchen at Domaine Serene, Chef Delgado gives us the ability to expand our offerings at the Wine Lounge in Portland and opens the door to a plethora of future endeavors. We couldn’t be more excited about her joining our world-renowned team and look forward to her creativity and focus!”
Chef Athena Delgado’s addition will further the Evenstad’s relentless quest for perfection in showcasing their award-winning wines in unique and exciting ways for members and visitors at their estate properties in the Pacific Northwest and Burgundy, France. She joins an experienced culinary team that includes Sous Chef Christian Ephrem who spent time at renowned Restaurant Guy Savoy and Spago by Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas.
A young Athena Delgado first fell in love with the idea of cooking while baking with her mother and grandmother growing up in Midwestern, Ohio. After moving to Las Vegas in the mid-2000s, she would follow her love for cooking by enrolling in the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Las Vegas. She graduated with honors in 2012. While studying, she received her Level 1 & 2 Sommelier Certifications from the International Sommelier Guild, interned with the Food Network in New York City, took classes at the Bocuse Institute in Lyon, France and won the Basque Stage Scholarship for a 6-month paid stage in San Sebastián, Spain.
In Spain, she worked with Martín Berasategui at his 3 Michelin starred Restaurante Martín Berasategui. Following her time at Restaurante Martín Berasategui, she would land a coveted spot on the world-renowned team at Quique Dacosta Restaurante in Dénia. While there, the restaurant was awarded its 3rd Michelin Star and was listed on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant List.
When she returned to Las Vegas Chef Delgado took on the role of Master Cook for powerhouse Joël Robuchon at the Mansion, a 3 Michelin Star operation. She then spent the following four years at the Aria resort as Sous Chef for Jean Georges Vongerichten’s immensely popular Jean Georges Steakhouse. Her final stop in Las Vegas would see her taking over as Executive Sous Chef of Charlie Palmer’s 1 Michelin Star/Forbes 4-star Aureole at Mandalay Bay.
Chef Delgado is excited to be taking the helm and leading the charge as Executive Chef of Evenstad Estates.
“I am honored to assume the role of Executive Chef of the Evenstad Estates. Their range of wines that include Burgundian offerings from Chateau de la Crée and Maison Evenstad lends me the latitude to work with a wide variety of local ingredients,” said Chef Delgado. “I look forward to growing this world-class program by tapping into the unique terroir of the Willamette Valley and everything that it offers.”
Chef Delgado’s first big event will be the James Beard Celebrity Chef dinner where she will be cooking alongside Celebrity Chef Chris Cosentino at the Clubhouse at Domaine Serene on April 20th. The multi-course event features 5 James Beard award-winning chefs and sold out in less than an hour. She will be updating the menu at the Domaine Serene Wine Lounge at Sentinel over the next month in addition to creating the 45th Parallel and Paradigm Wine and Food Experiences at the Clubhouse at Domaine Serene in the Dundee Hills.
About Domaine Serene & Evenstad Estates
The Evenstads settled in the Northern Willamette Valley in 1989. Their spirit and passion to produce wines that rival the great wines of Burgundy, led them to purchase and plant a hilltop estate that had just been logged in the now famous Dundee Hills.
Today, Domaine Serene produces wines from six individual vineyard estates, planted exclusively to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In Oregon, the Evenstads own nearly 1,000 total acres of land in the hills of Yamhill County, with 275 acres planted to vine.
Working every job in the winery for many years, Grace and Ken Evenstad built Domaine Serene from the ground up with a focus on producing high-quality wines through innovation and a focus on excellence. The Evenstads have gained a true appreciation for the attention to detail required to make exceptional wines.
In 2015, Ken and Grace Evenstad fulfilled a lifelong dream of producing wine in Burgundy, France, by acquiring Château de la Crée, the respected wine estate located in the birthplace of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay: the renowned Côte d’Or. They own 25 acres of prime vineyards in Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay and Maranges. This made them the first Oregon-based vintners to own land and produce wines in Burgundy.
In just under three decades, the Evenstads have propelled Domaine Serene onto the global stage as one of the world’s most acclaimed and respected wineries. Domaine Serene’s wines represent the achievement that is possible in Oregon, one of the finest regions in the world for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
- Grace & Ken Evenstad receive the wine industry’s highest honor, Wine Spectator’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award.
- The 2010 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir named the best Pinot Noir in the world in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2013.
- The 2014 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay named the best white wine in the world in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2016.
- In 2016, London’s Decanter magazine named Domaine Serene’s 2012 Winery Hill Pinot Noir the top Pinot Noir in the world at the Decanter World Wine Awards.
- In 2017, London's Decanter magazine named Domaine Serene’s 2013 Jerusalem Hill Pinot Noir the top American Pinot Noir at the Decanter World Wine Awards.