Ashland & Vine by John BurnsideIt is 1999. Kate Lambert, a grieving, semi-alcoholic film student, invites an elderly woman to take part in an oral-history documentary. The woman, Jean Culver, declines, but makes her a bizarre counter-offer: if Kate can stay sober for four days, she will tell her a story. And if she can stay sober beyond that, there will be another, and then another, amounting to the entire history of one family’s life.
Though still shattered by the death of her father, and by the desultory abuse imposed by Laurits, her enigmatic collaborator and erstwhile lover – Kate is soon drawn into a Scheherazade-like matrix of tales, some painfully final, some still unfinished, in which Jean gradually offers a heartbreaking account, not only of one family, but of the American century itself, from World War II to Vietnam and the Weather Underground.
A profound, mysterious, deeply moving novel – a meeting of love and grief, like water on arid soil – Ashland & Vine is the story of an unlikely friendship that transcends time, age and the limits of narrative to reveal the unexpected grace that comes of listening to another’s history, while telling, as carefully as we can, what we know of our own.
The new name is strange, the food is bland, and customer service is non-existent. Go here is you want a terrible, awful, bad experience. Very sad to find that the changes to this restaurant have NOT been good. They now have NO gluten free pasta or pizza. Went with my family , my son is gluten free. Waitress recommended some salads for him, however when we asked to leave the croutons off a Cesar salad, or the blue cheese on another salad, the kitchen refused.
With the days getting shorter and blustery weather setting in, we can all use a little more comfort. Known as Pasta Piatti since it opened in , the restaurant and patio area were completely remodeled last year by owners Lisa and Thomas Beam. They installed a wood-fired oven, updated the menu and changed the name. Both Thomas and Lisa have extensive culinary and restaurant experience. Lisa graduated with a degree in Business Economics from Willamette University. Lisa is a Rogue Valley native who met Thomas while living in Colorado.