Ken Gordon - Diary of a Diabetic Chef presentation

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Ken Gordon, owner of Kenny & Zuke’s Deli in Portland and Oregonian Columnist of Diary of a Diabetic Chef, will be speaking at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center on Wednesday, March 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. Also presenting will be Dr. Martin Milner, Naturopathic Physician. (Please see bios below.)

Join us as Chef Ken Gordon takes us on his personal journey to remain healthy and live a long life while still enjoying the things he loves.  Chef Gordon - someone who always sincerely believed that bacon and cured meats should be their own food group and occupy a dominant spot on the food pyramid, right below whole grains - was diagnosed with diabetes in January 2012.

Chef Gordon kicks off a series of programs designed to educate Boomers in our community on diabetes prevention and self-management. The workshop series - featuring Diabetes Educator, Cheryl Moore, R.N. - will meet Tuesdays, March 12 through May 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  In addition, Diabetes Educator and author of Diabetes is not a Piece of Cake, Janet Meirelles, will facilitate an on-going support group to help manage Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes. This group meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning March 13. 

These programs, made possible because of funds raised by the LOACF (Lake Oswego Adult Center Foundation), are offered free of charge.  For more information and to register, call the Center at 503-635-3758.

The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that the number of new cases of Diabetes diagnosed in the United States in 2010 for people age 45-64 was over 1,000,000 and, for those 65 and over, nearly 400,000. By 2030, it is believed that one of every four Boomers – 14 million – will be living with this chronic disease.

Fortunately, the power to prevent and control is within your hands! Knowledge and education are your keys to success and some simple steps can reap big rewards.


BIO - Ken Gordon

A native of New York City, Ken Gordon took a childhood love of good food and turned it into a widely traveled and acclaimed career as a chef. Although his initial career plan included law school, after graduation from Beloit College, where he received a BA in Political Science, he turned instead to more satisfying pursuits, working his way through restaurants in Boston and the San Francisco area.  Mr. Gordon then moved to Paris for 2 ½ years, attending the prestigious La Varenne Ecole De Cuisine - gathering his Grande Diplome - and working afterward at several of the prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants.

For 18 months while at La Varenne Ecole, Mr. Gordon taught classes and assisted in the teaching of ongoing and master classes, as well as translating from French into English for the English-speaking students. At the same time, he was the chef on a hotel-barge in Burgundy.

After returning to New York City in 1984, Mr. Gordon worked at several celebrated restaurants, including The Quilted Giraffe, Le Chantilly and Café Luxembourg. Later he served as creative chef for Washington St. Café Caterers. In 1987 he opened his own restaurant, the critically acclaimed French bistro, L’Ecluse, which he closed in 1990 when he moved to Portland, Ore.

Mr. Gordon found fertile ground in Portland for his personal style of big flavors and eclectic comfort food. He opened the pioneering 28 East, then the trend-setting take-out shop, Ken’s Home Plate, which in 2003 morphed into the small neighborhood bistro, Ken’s Place. It was here that he began smoking meats, first producing Portland’s best barbecued meats, followed by artisan wood-smoked pastrami. Word of mouth spread, creating great demand for Mr. Gordon’s culinary artistry. In 2007 he opened Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen in downtown Portland. Kenny & Zuke’s has attracted a huge local following as one of Portland’s hottest restaurants, and has drawn national attention and awards as one of the nation’s best practitioners of the lost art of the Jewish delicatessen.

In 2008, Mr. Gordon opened a second location - Kenny & Zuke’s Sandwich Works, which has now moved into Bagelworks - Kenny & Zuke’s first foray into bagel shops. In September 2012, his third location - Kenny & Zuke’s Deli Bar. In addition, Kenny & Zuke’s now offers bagels wholesale at a number of Portland grocery venues, including Whole Foods. From 1996 to the present, Mr. Gordon has also been teaching cooking classes at In Good Taste, a cooking school in the Pearl District. 

In January of 2012, Mr. Gordon was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Within 48 hours, he was hired by The Oregonian to write his now popular weekly column, “Diary of a Diabetic Chef.” Working with naturopathic physician, Dr. Marty Milner, Mr. Gordon has reversed the course of his diabetes. Together they will be the keynote speakers at the American Diabetes Association annual convention in May 2013.

Mr. Gordon lives in Portland with his wife Leslee Lewis, and two children, Clare, a professional baker, and Graham, an engineering student at Harvey Mudd College.

BIO - Dr. Martin Milner, Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Milner received his N.D. from National College of Natural Medicine in 1983.   He has remained at his alma mater since 1986 as Professor of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine and guest lectures in Endocrinology there as well.  Dr. Milner is also the CEO and medical director of the Center for Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

The Heart and Lung Wellness program at CNM started in 1999 provides a clinical training ground for 48 medical student interns and resident doctors, supervised by Dr. Milner.  This experience engages medical students and patients in collaborative, complimentary and alternative health care of cardiovascular, pulmonary disease, hormone imbalances including diabetes and primary care conditions.  In this capacity CNM functions as a teaching clinic of NCNM. 

Dr. Milner has treated over 25,000 patients with heart disease alone having practice medicine continually since 1983.  He is world renown for his natural treatment protocols for heart disease, menopause and hypothyroidism having published extensively in these areas.

Adult Community Center
505 G Ave
Lake Oswego, OR 97034