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Quick Spin: Chef Adam Higgs of Portland’s Acadia

Quick Spin: Chef Adam Higgs of Portland’s Acadia

I arrived in this weird Pacific Northwest city back in the early 2000s, settling into a house in Portland’s then-undesirable Northeast neighborhood. I remember being pretty dismayed with the food options in the area, venturing out one night, determined to find a great restaurant nearby. Thankfully, I stumbled upon a dimly lit corner spot on Fremont Avenue, where the menu at Acadia pulled me in, full of seafood and Cajun spices, and I stayed for both dinner and dessert.

March 19, 2014 | By
Chefs Steven McHugh and Michael Gulotta on Cured, MOPHO, and life in the kitchen with Chef John Besh

Chefs Steven McHugh and Michael Gulotta on Cured, MOPHO, and life in the kitchen with Chef John Besh

The guidance and training a chef receives within the kitchen – particularly during those early years – often dictates the tone of his or her career, from knife skills and spices to business acumen and demeanor. Whether cookbooks or creative bios, it is always referenced where a chef has worked previously, ripples that continue to flow for years to come. Particularly when it is a great chef – Boulud, Keller, Chang – it is exciting to see the evolution, the next generation of creativity emerging from the kitchens and training, ready to build on their own dreams.

February 26, 2014 | By
Rock and Roll and Rene Redzepi: A Work in Progress

Rock and Roll and Rene Redzepi: A Work in Progress

Books that cook have really evolved over the last few years. A few – like David Chang’s tale in the Momofuku cookbook of fighting anger and shingles – plunge even deeper into the cooking/storytelling vein, revealing the heart of the kitchen where memoir and measuring cup collide.

René Redzepi: A Work In Progress is teetering on that fine line as well. The Copenhagen chef’s latest release, a raw glimpse into a leader and chef, part cookbook, part year-in-the-life tale of its star player and his role within the greater team.

December 18, 2013 | By
Quick Spin: Bartender Jordan Felix of the Multnomah Whiskey Library

Quick Spin: Bartender Jordan Felix of the Multnomah Whiskey Library

The Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library, the long awaited cocktail destination from Alan Davis of Produce Row Cafe, is everything you’ve heard it to be. The selection of over 1500 pours from around the world, handpicked by resident whisk(e)y expert, Tommy Klus, is breathtaking, lining a full wall six shelves high. A rolling ladder is used to access it all, bottles of every color and size flooded with a warm yellow light that draws your attention despite the beauty and detail of the entire room. Every gathering around a table is punctuated with plush and leather seating, couches and chairs, tall custom drink trays awaiting your next choice off the extensive menu.

November 20, 2013 | By
Quick Spin: Chef Kevin Sandri of Portland’s Alberta Street Pub

Quick Spin: Chef Kevin Sandri of Portland’s Alberta Street Pub

I blame Kevin Sandri for my appreciation of the food cart. My first year in Portland, his cart, Garden State, was selling sandwiches at a waterfront food festival. Not familiar with the cart, I – the unsuspecting, naive victim – grabbed the cod sandwich without much thought or expectation. When I took a bite, I […]

July 17, 2013 | By
Quick Spin: Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and the Tantrums

Quick Spin: Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and the Tantrums

It’s one of those stories you tell about that favorite band, the one you saw years back, when they were just starting out. The moment you heard the notes and knew that this band was something, that this music was unlike anything you had heard before. You stopped whatever you were doing and stood there […]

June 5, 2013 | By
Comedy Can Save the Day: Portland Comic Ian Karmel

Comedy Can Save the Day: Portland Comic Ian Karmel

I cannot think of a better week for the Bridgetown Comedy Festival to arrive. Portland will welcome heaps of comics of all varieties this weekend, at a time when it feels as though we could all really use a good laugh. Comics are coming in from all over the country, including a few of my personal favorites […]

April 18, 2013 | By
Daily Blender Exclusive: Chris Martin and Chris Phillips of IAMDYNAMITE

Daily Blender Exclusive: Chris Martin and Chris Phillips of IAMDYNAMITE

Jumping around the photo pit at one of my brother’s concerts, press pass displayed on my chest, camera in hand, I hear all kinds of things from the crowd behind me while they’re smashed against the metal barrier separating them from me and the stage. I wonder which one she’s with. Who’s this? Where’s [enter […]

January 31, 2013 | By
Quick Spin: Chef Matthew Busetto

Quick Spin: Chef Matthew Busetto

When I first went to Firehouse in North Portland, I was only in it for the pizza. I’ve never met a wood fire pizza I didn’t like so I knew I’d end up there for that reason alone. But what I didn’t know was how much soul was baking within the walls of the old […]

December 20, 2012 | By
Quick Spin: Chef Eric Haugen

Quick Spin: Chef Eric Haugen

The luxury of The Lambs Club in midtown Manhattan is captivating. The relatively modest entrance on West 44th hides the glamour within, an elegant space reminiscent of the city’s glory days with an interior of art deco sconces along wood-paneled walls, an illuminated four-seat bar manned by gentlemen in white suits, and a dining room […]

December 5, 2012 | By
Daily Blender Exclusive: Butcher and Entrepreneur Pat LaFrieda, Jr.

Daily Blender Exclusive: Butcher and Entrepreneur Pat LaFrieda, Jr.

“Butcher to the stars” seems like a ridiculous title, but it’s what Pat LaFrieda, Jr., has certainly become. From profiles in Saveur, the Washingtonian, and many others, the third generation butcher has been at the forefront of a meat-heavy restaurant craze for the past few years thanks to his nearly celeb butcher status, providing cuts […]

September 13, 2012 | By
Chef Ben Bettinger on the Portland Food Community and the Opening of Paley’s Imperial

Chef Ben Bettinger on the Portland Food Community and the Opening of Paley’s Imperial

Most will know Ben Bettinger as the man who put Portland’s gem of a restaurant, Beaker & Flask, on the ‘must dine’ map. When the eatery opened, I was of the understanding that the restaurant, well-lauded from the beginning, was further into the heart of the city. I hadn’t considered that the nondescript building along […]

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