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Michael Allen
Portland, Oregon


Portland State University
– Bachelor of the Arts in English, magna cum laude, 2012

Professional Experience:

Freelance Writer, PDX Magazine. October 2013–March 2014
– Filed monthly arts and culture stories ranging from interview-based, topical nonfiction, to personal narrative, to pure fiction.
Staff Writer, Portland State Vanguard. February 2012–June 2012
– Filed weekly arts and culture stories about campus events, and film reviews.
Seasonal Cook, Simpatica Catering; Portland, Oregon. June 2009–September 2011Partner, Brothers Allen Catering; Portland, Oregon. February 2008–March 2009
– Created a catering company with my brother to introduce Portland to our style of seasonal European and Heartland cuisine.
Lead Meat Cutter/Assistant Meat Manager, New Seasons Market; Portland, Oregon. October 2001–July 2005; March 2007–February 2008
– Responsible for ordering, inventorying, cutting, and merchandising all beef, pork, and lamb at New Season’s busiest store with average weekly sales in excess of $50,000.
Cook, Ciao Vito Restaurant; Portland, Oregon. March 2006–March 2007
Cook, Café Castagna; Portland, Oregon. January 2001–October 2001
Cook, Higgins Restaurant; Portland, Oregon. July 1999–December 2000
Lead cook, Boca restaurant; Cincinnati, Ohio. December 1995–May 1999


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