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Dive Into High Culture in Ashland

It's a nose-to-tail feast at British chef Neil Clooney's Smithfields.

Febraury 21, 2014 By Mary Stock New York Media LLC Where to Eat Get in touch with your inner carnivore at nose-to-tail destination Smithfields. The menu’s variety is a testament to the creativity of the English expat owner and chef, Neil Clooney (a two time “Oregon Iron Chef” winner), who cut his teeth at the […]

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Center for Culinary Arts

September 01, 2013 By Mark Stock Oregon Wine Press If it were a boxer, the city of Ashland would likely weigh-in as a featherweight. But the fight it puts up in the kitchen is enough to floor something several times its size. Southern Oregon’s Shakespeare-adoring wine town boasts the appealing combination of a moderate local […]

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Dining Guide to the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon

By Kerry Newberry Oregon Live Smithfields Restaurant and Bar Named after a centuries-old historic London meat market, the downtown Ashland restaurant brings “nose-to-tail” dining to southern Oregon. London-born chef Neil Clooney prepares everything in house — even the bacon-infused vodka for the Bacon and Egg Bloody Mary, a popular drink for the weekend brunch crowd. […]

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Meat Your Maker at Smithfields

February 04, 2013 By Evan Wilson The Rogue Valley Messenger Not too long ago I attempted to go vegetarian… Bombarded with facts like “livestock are responsible for 18 per cent of greenhouse gases…” and “…[cows] have been a factor in the listing of 171 [endangered] species…”, the environmentalist in me decided it was time to […]

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Nose-to-Tail for Two

July 01, 2011 By Janet Eastman Oregon Wine Press ASHLAND, OREGON — Smithfields is a serious Ashland steakhouse with a clear-cut culinary focus, and yet, people respond to it in different ways. Oregonians notice the wall-size blackboard that lists local food producers and say Smithfields has a “Portland” feel. Bay Area visitors are reminded of […]

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Chef Interview Questions

Neil Clooney - Iron Chef

Anna Eats Ashland: Where did you grow up? Chef Neil Clooney: Just outside London, UK. Anna Eats Ashland: Did you eat your veggies? Chef Neil Clooney: Only after I ate my meat. Anna Eats Ashland: When did you know you wanted to be a chef? Chef Neil Clooney: When I was 15. I was fascinated […]

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Meat-Centric Menus

January 05, 2011 By Sarah Lemon Mail Tribune ASHLAND, OREGON — He’s known as Ashland’s top chef, but few diners locally have ever tasted Neil Clooney’s food. That’s about to change with this week’s soft opening of Smithfield’s, Clooney’s first foray as executive chef and proprietor. The “meat-centric” eatery is just a block away from […]

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Ashland man named Oregon Iron Chef

August 21, 2008 By Mandy Valencia Ashland Daily Tidings ASHLAND, OREGON — Dragonfly is known for some cutting-edge, original cuisine, and now chef Neil Clooney — the man behind the menu — has proven his skill at the state level, winning the Iron Chef Oregon competition. Clooney, head chef and part owner of Dragonfly, in […]

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Dragonfly chef takes home ‘Bronze Skillet’

November 6, 2007 By Julie French Mail Tribune ASHLAND, OREGON — Dragonfly Café and Gardens Chef Neil Clooney and his sous chef Noah Edwards went home with the Bronze Skillet in the first Food & Wine Classic hosted by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce at the Historic Ashland Armory this weekend. The duo beat out […]

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Cooking Under Pressure

November 5, 2007 By Julie French Ashland Daily Tidings ASHLAND, OREGON — Dragonfly Café and Gardens Chef Neil Clooney spent this past Sunday in the kitchen, as he does on most weekends. But this time, he had scores of people watching over his shoulder and pressure-inducing music constantly reminding him that he had only 70 […]