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59 minutes | 2 days ago
#273 Missy Maki - Jake's / McCormick and Schmick's - moving from Portland and turning 50
Right at the Fork is supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com Missy Maki, former host of Simple Kitchen radio show in Portland, picked up moved to Missoula, Montana with her family of four in the midst of the 2020 pandemic. She maintains her ties to Portland through her work as self-proclaimed Sales Director Extraordinaire for the Western Region of Landry's McCormick and Schmick's and Jake's properties. Chris and Missy talk about quality of life issues that prompted the move, work/life balance, and what she sees in Portland's food and beverage future. Oh, and we're sure she'd love us shouting out that she turned 50 on April 12th! Recorded April 9, 2021.
83 minutes | 9 days ago
#272 Eytan Zias - Steelport
Right at the Fork is supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com No matter how you slice it, our conversation with knife maker Etyan Zias is a must-listen for anyone who uses knives either at home or in a professional kitchen. We previously interviewed Eytan three years ago (Episode 161) when he told us his backstory of Portland Knife House. Now we will hear how he is living and working his dream of crafting and selling uniquely American-made high quality kitchen knives with Steelport, only a week old company as of the recording of this interview. (April 5, 2021). Eytan worked nights during the pandemic to craft and hone his knives, while simultaneously overseeing his kids' schooling and running Portland Knife House. Chris and Eytan talk about what makes a quality knife, who would notice the quality, and what it takes to maintain one. Also, Eytan shares the story of his full sleeve tattoos, which is not what you would think! Listen to find out lots more.
74 minutes | 16 days ago
#271 Gabe Rosen - Zupans Markets, formerly of Biwa, Noraneko and Giraffe
Right at the Fork is supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com Gabe Rosen joins us on the podcast. Listeners may remember Gabe as the former owner of Portland's iconic Biwa, Noraneko and Giraffe. Gabe landed at Zupans a year ago during the pandemic and is really enjoying working there now, as opposed to the rigors of owning restaurants. That doesn't mean he won't open a new place someday, but we hear Gabe's take on how food will be delivered going forward, operating grocery stores versus a restaurant, and what he misses most. Disclaimer: Gabe works at Zupans, which sponsors this podcast.
69 minutes | 23 days ago
#R254 Anna Caporael - Cooperativa
Right at the Fork is supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com We're going back a few months to our conversation with Anna Caporael, who joins the podcast to talk about Cooperativa, her new Italian Market venture with chef Sarah Schafer.
75 minutes | a month ago
#270 Jen Hilger -- Recess Food Truck / Tillamook
Right at the Fork is supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com Jen Hilger, along with her partner, Brooke, is the co-founder and proprietor of the Recess Food Truck in Tillamook. We talk about how she landed in Oregon and built her business after working in the corporate world, what it's like owning a food truck in a seasonal community, as well as some of her food and hiking recommendations in and around Tillamook County, with host Chris chiming in on some of his faves, too. This is a great podcast episode for any food lovers visiting Oregon's North Coast! Photo Credit: Tillamook Coast
78 minutes | a month ago
#269 Kate Hill - Kitchen at Camont
Right at the Fork is supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com We celebrate International Women's Month in fine style with a literal international visit to the Gascony Region in France with Kate Hill, who runs a wonderful cooking school known around the world, Kitchen at Camont. We find out how Kate made her way from San Francisco to Amsterdam and then to France, where she fell in love with all things local around the sweet little town of Agen. Chris recalls his visit there a few years ago, where Kate kindly showed Chris and his son around Agen and environs, and hosted a beautiful, simple chicken dinner in her intimate, lovely dining room. Kate talks about how the pandemic forced her to realize a vision she's had for quite some time, to take her cooking classes and demonstrations online. She now features a Gascon Year Membership whereby passionate cooks of all levels can enjoy an interactive relationship with Kate throughout the year. That can be found at https://kitchen-at-camont.com/ Also, follow Kate at @katedecamont on Instagram. This is our first international episode and we think you'll love Kate.
72 minutes | a month ago
#268 BitHouse Collective - Natasha Mesa, Erick Russ and Carlo Lamagna
Right at the Fork is supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com We welcome the three restaurant and bar industry professionals who have come together to form BitHouse Collective, coined an "experience" by our guests during the interview. Natasha Mesa, seasoned bartender and manager, Erick Russ of Pono Brewing and Carlo Lamagna of Magna bring their respective skills and followers to the mix to take over the beautiful, classic BitHouse space in Portland. This interview was conducted on March 1, 2021 just before their official opening. Our conversation runs from talking about Natasha's experience, to the Detroit connection between Carlo and Erick, as well as what they foresee in the Portland Food world when we emerge from Covid.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
#267 Katie McCarron - Portland Pet Food Company
Right at the Fork is supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com Right at the Fork goes dog-friendly friendly this week, and wetalk to Katie McCarron, founder of Portland Pet Food Company. Katie reached out to our host Chris after she saw him posting about the challenges of feeding his aging beloved dog, Oakley, since she had similar challenges with her dog Rosie. In fact, Rosie's feeding challenges were the impetus for Katie to start her own human-grade pet food line in 2014. Portland Pet Food Company has grown from sampling at the Beaverton Farmers Market to being carried in stores nationwide, and now even internationally. We talk dogs and food, Portland and our dog-friendly coast in this four-legged interview that took place on February 23, 2021.
29 minutes | 2 months ago
RATF Presents: The Joy of Drinking Podcast with Joy Church - Ep #10 Katherine Harris & Katy Connors of True Tea
On the February episode of the Joy of Drinking Podcast, host Joy Church introduces True Tea. Co-founders Katherine Harris and Katy Connors share their mission and entrepreneurial journey while Joy sips three of their delicious teas; Organic Genmaicha, Organic Earl Grey, and Organic Tulsi (sourced right here in Oregon!). Supporting women-owned tea estates around the globe is priority number one for @truetea.pdx. Listen in to learn more about this new Portland-based beverage business! And, don't forget to shop these outstanding teas at trueteapdx.com. Right at the Fork is supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com
102 minutes | 2 months ago
#R201 Chris Angelus - The Interview! Plus, Cort & Chris Chat
Right at the Fork is supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com This is a long one, folks! First, catch up with Chris and Cort a bit, before hearing a classic episode of Right at the Fork, as we all get to know Chris a little better. This episode updates us a bit from original episode #201. The tables are turned on Chris for the episode of Right at the Fork - an interview taken from The Portland 50, hosted by Cort, for KINK.FM. Here we find out what brought Chris to Portland from the East Coast, what it was liking raising two young boys on his own, and what prompted him to start Portland Food Adventures. Learn more about Chris' upcoming dinners and trips at www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com
95 minutes | 2 months ago
#R87 Brian Spangler - Apizza Scholls (w/ Janis Martin)
It's a classic episode of Right at the Fork! Brian Spangler's ascension into the psyche of Portland through his acclaimed and loved pizza started with the dough, learning how to bake in northern California while in college. That led him to buy an Oregon Farm, the Portland Farmers Market, a pub, and then to Hawthorne Blvd. He shares his story and Chick Fil A sandwiches with us, which for this episode, includes his friend Janis Martin of Tanuki sitting in to join in the conversation. Right at the Fork is supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com
63 minutes | 2 months ago
#266 Mike Aldridge - Mid City Smash Burgers
Right at the Fork is supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com Chef Mike Aldridge has been on quite a career and personal journey over the past couple of years. Mike, a native North Dakotan, has cooked in some of Portland's well-known restaurants, including Urban Farmer, Imperial and Headwaters, among others. He became chef at the coastal restaurant, Salmonberry Saloon in 2017 and garnered lots of press for making hay in a region not known for great dining. After leaving there, he started his own pop-up, Ope, in Portland, with the goal of opening up a place near Mt. Hood, where his heart as a winter enthusiast had always drawn him. His love of New Orleans drove him to expand his horizons there in early 2019, but when the pandemic hit in 2020, his plans were derailed, as restaurants struggled through yet another calamity in that city. To make ends meet, he started making burgers at home and offering them to friends and neighbors. Before he knew it, he was sold out each time he put his burger party together. Now, we talk to Mike about his adventure back to Portland, and the opening of Mid City Smash Burgers as a food cart. Mike talks about his plans to expand that business and realize his dream of a brick and mortar restaurant on this episode. @midcitysmashburgers on Instagram
70 minutes | 3 months ago
#265 Erika Polmar - Independent Restaurant Coalition
Right at the Fork is supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com Erika Polmar, chief operating officer of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, was chosen for the Nation's Restaurant News Power List by IRC co-founder Tom Colicchio for how she mobilizes the group’s members and “reminds us what we are fighting for and what’s at stake.” Much of the Portland restaurant world and now across the US, businesses and people are benefitting from Erika's steadfastness in navigating the governmental agencies that hold sway over relief for our independent restaurants. Erika joins us on the podcast to discuss what's been done, what's being done, and what consumers can do to help this huge industry that's been hit very hard by Covid-19. Important links discussed on this episode: https://indprestaurants.org/ https://www.saverestaurants.com/ https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts-mobile_new.htm Also, a great article Erika sent us about travel and food: https://www.travelpulse.com/opinions/column/we-shouldnt-forget-that-restaurants-are-part-of-travel-too.html Find Plate and pitchfork here: https://www.plateandpitchfork.com/p/events/rafting-adventure
28 minutes | 3 months ago
RATF Presents: The Joy of Drinking Podcast with Joy Church - Ep #9 Ricky Gomez of Palomar
Now that cocktails-to-go have been legal in Oregon for a month (woohoo!) host Joy Church asked Ricky Gomez, owner/operator Palomar to join the January podcast. Ricky and the Independent Restaurant Alliance of Oregon team worked tirelessly to get cocktails-to-go on the State Legislative agenda and to get it "across the finish line." Immediately following, Ricky put together a robust, comprehensive cocktail-to-go program and, here, he shares his lessons learned. Listeners get to hear Ricky's tips and tricks for success and how & why we should keep drinking local!
66 minutes | 3 months ago
#R253 Jonathan Gill - RingSide Steakhouse
Last Fall, we caught up with RingSide Steakhouse's Executive Chef Jonathan Gill, who talks about his journey from a chef on a naval aircraft carrier, to Japan, New York, San Francisco, and eventually Portland, where he was the Executive Chef at RingSide Fish House. Now as EC for RingSide Steakhouse, Jonathan talks about live in quarantine, and what it took to open RingSide back up. Plus, listen for details about how to join Chef Jonathan and Chris next summer on the Snake River. Right at the Fork is supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com
70 minutes | 3 months ago
#264 Geoff Latham - Nicky USA
Geoff Latham, President of Nicky USA joins us to talk about the challenges he and his company has faced as a result of Covid-19, as a primary meat supplier to many Portland and Seattle restaurants. We go over some of the new prongs of his business that will endure once things return to some degree of normalcy in the food world, as well as some of the ups and downs personally for Geoff over the past year. This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by: Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com RingSide Steak House: www.RingSideSteakHouse.com Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com
82 minutes | 3 months ago
#263 Kurt Huffman - ChefStable
We catch up with Kurt Huffman of ChefStable Group while on a "get-out-of-Portland" Cross-Country family journey in an RV, to kick out our 8th year of Right at the Fork. In a more optimistic but still serious tone than our last visit with him when the pandemic began, Kurt talks about how Covid-19 has affected ChefStable's restaurants individually and his outlook for the industry in Portland as a whole. Part of the discussion covers the re-opening of Ping, the procurement of the Tasty brand, and Fills Donuts and how they're well-positioned during this time. This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by: Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com RingSide Steak House: www.RingSideSteakHouse.com Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com
101 minutes | 4 months ago
#262 Gary Okazaki - Portland Monthly
Gary Okazaki, aka @GarytheFoodie joins us to bring the tumultuous year of 2020 to a close on Right at the Fork. Gary discusses his participation in Portland Monthly's Best Burger list, as well as his favorite finds in Portland since his October appearance on the podcast. He also shares some details on Toki, Han Oak's new spot in the old Tasty N Alder space, coming soon. Listen to the end as Gary shares one of the non-food passions he enjoys. This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by: Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com RingSide Steak House: www.RingSideSteakHouse.com Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com
24 minutes | 4 months ago
RATF Presents: The Joy of Drinking Podcast with Joy Church - Episode 8 "To-Go Cocktails UPDATE"
Woohoo! To-Go Cocktails in Oregon are now a reality! Thanks to Katy Connors of the Independent Restaurant Alliance of Oregon for joining the podcast again this month to share the incredibly good news about cocktails-to-go. Imbibers, listen in to find out how you can get cocktails DELIVERED to your door. For restaurant and bar owners, and bartenders, please tune in to learn more about the ins-and-outs of this new legislation. And, thanks to Katy for her persistent advocacy to make to-go cocktails a reality in our state! The Joy of Drinking Podcast and Right at the Fork are supported by: Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com
75 minutes | 4 months ago
#R187 Janis Martin - East Glisan Pizza
Just in time for the holiday - we're looking back at our conversation with Janis Martin almost two years ago. Janis Martin joins us on the podcast for the second time to break the news that she's closing Tanuki for good. We hear her reasons, some worst customer stories, and why she joined East Glisan Pizza and why you should go there. Plus she brought cannolis and bacon! This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by: Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com RingSide Steak House: www.RingSideSteakHouse.com Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com
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