Bonnie Frumkin Morales

The first-generation American daughter of Belarusian immigrants, chef Bonnie Morales grew up in Chicago in a large family that brought with them the distinctive culture of food and drink of the former Soviet Union. She trained at the Culinary Institute of America, then honed her skills in several of New York and Chicago’s Michelin starred restaurants. In 2014, she and her husband Israel Morales opened their dream restaurant, Kachka, devoted to the food and drink of Russia and former Soviet republics. They’ve since opened Kachka Lavka, a Russian deli and café, and launched Kachka Horseradish Vodka. Kachka also now ships their dumplings to households nationwide. Kachka has been featured in myriad national publications and is widely considered the best Russian restaurant in America. Bonnie Morales was named a Rising Star chef by StarChefs, named one of the Portland Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40,” nominated for Food & Wine's The People's Best New Chef, and was a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest. Her first cookbook, Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking, written with Deena Prichep, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim.
This Year, Pull Out All the Stops with a Russian-Inspired New Year's Eve
Chef Bonnie Frumkin Morales shares her family's tradition — from what to eat (lots of apps!) and what to drink (vodka) to pre-gaming tips (you're gonna need to take a nap).
Dec 28, 2021
Паштет из брынзы (Brindza Pashtet)
This take on a classic Russian dish is made with feta, butter, smoked paprika, and scallions — and it's ridiculously good.
Dec 28, 2021
Бутербродики со шпротами (Sprat Buterbrodi)
With pumpernickel toast, parsley mayo, herby salad, smoked fish, and pickled onions, this app eats like a meal.
Dec 28, 2021
Блины дрожжевые (Yeasted Blini)
Top them with sour cream, smoked salmon, caviar — or just eat them straight up.
Dec 28, 2021
Салат оливье (Salat Olivier)
There are many variations on this classic New Year's Eve dish, but Chef Bonnie Frumkin prefers hers made with chicken, potatoes, mayo, hard-boiled eggs, pickles, and peas.
Dec 28, 2021
Recipe: Russian Short Rib Borsch
Around the World in 30 Soups: This month we’re collaborating with chefs, cookbook authors, and our own Kitchn crew to share a globetrotting adventure in soups from countries and cuisines around the world. Today’s stop: Russia. Bonnie Frumkin Morales’ book Kachka was one of our editor-in-chief Faith’s favorite books of the last few years. Here Morales schools us on borsch (hold the “t”!) and its many, many forms. Want to master borsch? Start here.
Apr 30, 2019