Newmans at 988 in Cannon Beach Celebrates 10 Years!

Press Release
January 10, 2016
For immediate release

Chef John Newman & his wife Sandy are pleased to invite the public to join in a celebratory dinner Friday, February 5, 2016 to commemorate their 10 year anniversary of Newmans at 988 in Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast. The dinner will replicate the movie classic “Big Night” set in the 1950s on the New Jersey shore & will feature 6 courses with wines. This is their 10th year in recreating the menu featured in the movie.

The movie, “Big Night” was released in 1995 and featured Minnie Driver, Isabella Rossellini, Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoab before they were stars. Chef Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and businessman Secondo (Stanley Tucci) are immigrant brothers from Italy who open their dream restaurant, Paradise, in New Jersey. However, Primo’s authentic food is too unfamiliar for the local tastes, and the restaurant is struggling. Meanwhile, their competitor, Pascal’s has succeeded despite the mediocre and uninspired food there. When famous Italian-American bandleader Louis Prima is scheduled to appear at Paradise, the two brothers put all of their efforts into the important meal, which will likely decide the fate of their restaurant. As they wait for Prima and his entourage to arrive, the diners indulge in the exquisite food and partake in a fabulous celebration.

The meal is centered around one dish “timpano” (or drum) which is a complicated pasta dish which Chef John and his crew present with even more fanfare than in the movie. Also on the menu are soup, a risotto course, a fish course and porchetta and of course dessert. Specially selected Italian wines will accompany each course and be presented by wine maker Aaron Coe. The cost per person is $99 and space is limited. This is a family style seating event unless prior arrangements are made. Please call 503.436.1151 for more information or to make reservations.

Newmans at 988 is located at 988 Hemlock Street at the corner of Harrison Street in Midtown Cannon Beach.

“Simple Elegance in an Intimate Setting”
988 Hemlock St
Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110


Newmans at 988 Winter Closure

Newmans at 988 : Cannon Beach, OR
January 16 – February 9, 2012

It’s that time of year again: winter on the Oregon Coast. Each year we take a few weeks off during the slowest months of the year. Beginning Tuesday, January 16 we will close our doors to recoup and refocus as we prepare for another year of business. Be sure to join us on Friday, February 10 as we reopen for our ‘Big Night’ Anniversary event. After that, our schedule will return to normal.


WOW (Women Only Weekend)

Women Only Weekend : Cannon Beach, OR
November 11-13, 2011 : 5:30 – 9:00 pm

As part of WOW, Cannon Beach’s pre-holiday shopping event, all women diners at Newmans at 988 will receive one free dessert with purchase of an entree.


Big Night 2012

Newmans at 988 : Cannon Beach, OR
6:00 pm : February 10, 2012

Come celebrate our 6th anniversary with us on February 10, 2012 with a wine dinner served family-style. Call the restaurant at (503) 436.1151 or email to reserve your seat.


Newman takes New York – Cannon Beach Gazette

by Erin J. Bernard of the Cannon Beach Gazette
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

“Local chef brings a taste of Oregon to the James Beard House.”

It’s 1 p.m. in Manhattan and the lamb’s missing.

Eighty pounds of top-quality meat, UPS’ed from Oregon and slated to hit the plates of 70 hungry diners at the James Beard House at 7 p.m. sharp. And it is nowhere to be found.

What do you do? To read the rest of this article, click here.


Photos from ‘Exquisite Oregon Dinner’ at The Beard House

On Thursday, September 8, Chef John Newman was joined by a group of chefs primarily from the Pacific Northwest at The Beard House in New York City. The event was a huge success, as can be seen by the fabulous pictures posted below. Photos by Tom Kirkman.

Chef John Newman toasts success with a glass of Oregon wine

Participating chefs included:

Gehrett Billinger of The Astoria Golf & Country Club, Astoria, Oregon
Jonathon Hoffman of Seaing Greens, Cannon Beach, Oregon
Faitha Hearing of FISHES Sushi & Japanese Cuisine, Cannon Beach, Oregon
Tyler Casiano, Oregon pastry chef
Rich Strahley of Mad Boar Restaurant, North Carolina
Alex Newman of Kendall College, Chicago
Edward (EJ) Tipple of Queens, NY
Liz Rubin of Oregon, former intern at The Beard House

The exquisite dinner consisted of ingredients from every part of Oregon. Truffles from Oregon Wild Edibles; organic produce from King Fisher Farms; wine from Walnut City Wineworks, Argyle Wines, and Pelican Pub & Brewery; meat from Meadow Harvest and OK Ranch; cheese from Rogue Creamery, Tumalo Farms, and Mama Terra Micro Creamery; and bottled water from Oregon Rain.


Iron Chef Goes Coastal

Seaside Convention Center : Seaside, OR
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 : 7:00 pm
Supporting the United Way of Clatsop County

Join the fun at United Way of Clatsop County’s 4th Annual Iron Chef Goes Coastal. Newmans at 988 was chosen for last year’s People’s Choice Award giving Chef John Newman a chance to participate in this year’s Iron Chef event. Order advance tickets at (503) 325.1961 or Doors open at 5:00 pm for the Silent Auction and 6:00 pm for General Admission seating and People’s Choice Tasting. Iron Chef Competition Gong sounds at 7:00 pm.

For more information about this great organization, visit


March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront : Portland, OR
November 9, 2011 : 6:00 pm

This exclusive evening features Oregon chefs showcasing their signature dishes and offering exciting culinary experiences.

The chefs prepare samplings of their favorite dish for guests to savor while enjoying locally produced wine and spirits and bidding on the silent auction. The evening culminates with a live auction of spectacular packages donated by the chefs.

This year’s chefs include:
Michael Conklin, Chefs Co-Chair – Lucy’s Table
Mark Henry, Chefs Co-Chair – Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Aaron Bedard – The Stephanie Inn
Paul Bosch – The Resort at the Mountain
Matt Christianson – Urban Farmer at The Nines
John Newman – Newmans at 988
Shawn Smith – The Portland Spirit
and more…

Visit to purchase tickets and learn more.


Cape Kiwanda Longboard Classic

Pacific City, OR
September 24-25, 2011

Chef John Newman of Newmans at 988 will be catering the judges during the 13th Annual Cape Kiwanda Longboard Classic in Pacific City, Oregon. 120 participants competing in 20 minute heats for 2 consecutive days … you don’t want to miss this fantastic event.


‘Pairings’ at the Oregon State Fair

Hart of the Garden : Oregon State Fairgrounds : Salem, OR
Friday, August 26, 2011 : 5pm – 9pm
To purchase tickets visit

“Pairings!” A celebration of Oregon’s wine, cuisine and music! Featuring pairings of Oregon’s finest wines with cuisine from Oregon’s Top chefs and some of the region’s best musical talent, this fabulous event will be held in the beautiful Hart of the Garden at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Each participating winery will team with a chef to present perfect pairings of Oregon wine and cuisine.

Complimented with a musical tribute to Ray Charles hosted by Patrick Lamb, featuring an ensemble of Oregon’s best talent!

Tickets are $50 per person at and include admission to Pairings, the Oregon State Fair, and a commemorative wine glass.