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Jenn Louis traveled throughout Europe and North and South America, even settling in Southern Israel for several months to work on a dairy kibbutz, and realized her dream to cook for a living while doing so on an Outward Bound base camp deep in the North Carolina woods. In 2000, Louis' opened Culinary Artistry, a full-service catering company; today, it is considered one of the top event planning companies in Portland. Eight years later, rooted by the myriad inspirations of their home, Louis and husband David Welch opened their first brick-and-mortar concept, Lincoln Restaurant. Just a few short months after opening, the restaurant was recognized as one of Condé Nast Traveler's "Hot List" of 50 top new restaurants in North America, while Louis was recognized as a semifinalist for the 2010 and 2011 James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef Northwest." In the spring of 2011, Louis and Welch launched their second restaurant, Sunshine Tavern, in the Southeast Division district of Portland. Louis and Welch sought to create a haven for both food enthusiasts and beverage connoisseurs, serving up soul-satisfying food, playful cocktails and an impressive selection of craft beers. In 2012, the popularity of Lincoln Restaurant and Sunshine Tavern catapulted Louis' presence on a national scale and she was named one of Food & Wine's prestigious Best New Chefs.
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