Right At The Fork
#72 Scott Dolich - Park Kitchen, The Bent Brick

Scott Dolich’s Portland roots were planted almost 20 years ago after his bent toward local ingredients was seasoned under renowned locavore Bradley Ogden in California. He was drawn to Portland because of its proximity to farms and produce. He started working with guys like Ricardo Segura and Greg Higgins and David Machado in the early ’90s, and still points to them as Portland’s best restaurateurs. He took much of what he learned in the much smaller Portland food world of the ’90s and made a name for himself once the decade turned. He opened Park Kitchen in 2003, which, in retrospect, can be seen as a milestone. Park Kitchen signaled the start of a new, exciting generation of Portland restaurants, garnering accolades from “Restaurant of the Year” to personal James Beard Award nominations. But the restaurant itself isn’t the whole story. It’s the chef that created fertile ground for more to come.
We talk to Scott about changing the face of the industry by working to abolish tipping in his restaurants. And more.

 

Music: "I Can't Stand the Rain" by Arielle Verinis.
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Direct download: RATF_72_SCOTT_DOLICH.mp3
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#71 John Gorham - Toro Bravo, Tasty, MEC, Pollo Bravo and more

John Gorham carries a big stick in the Portland food world.  His restaurants are known and held in high esteem not only in Portland, but all over the US.  One of the major reasons he keeps expanding is that it's the best way to make sure he takes care of the talent at his restaurants and gives them room to grow in their careers and in the organization.  The results can be seen in the lines outside his restaurants: Toro Bravo, Tasty N Sons, Tasty N Alder, Mediterranean Exploration Company and Plaza del Toro.  We talked to John about his growing restaurant empire just as he and his powerful staff embarks on opening Pollo Bravo and Shalom Y'all.

 

Also mentioned in this episode:  

http://apizzascholls.com/ http://www.clydecommon.com/ http://woodsmantavern.com/  http://bamboosushi.com/ http://www.pizzajerkpdx.com/  http://www.grainandgristle.com/  

 

Music: "I Can't Stand the Rain" by Arielle Verinis.
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Direct download: RATF_71_JOHN_GORHAM.mp3
Category:Food and Drink -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Michael Zusman is a seasoned eater.  He travels frequently and posts about his experiences on Facebook.  He has been a food writer and critic for the Oregonian, Portland Monthly, Willamette Week and Northwest Examiner. Today, he tells Chris and Cort about some of his go-to Chefs Counters in Portland.

Music: "I Can't Stand the Rain" by Arielle Verinis.
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Direct download: SB_MICHAEL_ZUSMAN.mp3
Category:Food and Drink -- posted at: 6:00am PST

#70 Aaron Barnett - St. Jack and La Moule

We think you'll really enjoy this interview with St. Jack and La Moule's Christopher Aaron Barnett. You'll hear from his days as a boy cheering for Mark Messier with the Oilers, to his days as a cabana boy in Palm Springs to not doing much in college but being great at girls and drugs.  Somehow, he parlayed that into opening one of the country's best Lyonnaise restaurants without ever having been to Lyon.  He'll talk about how he arrived at the Jewish grandmother approach to running a busy kitchen.  The hard way.

www.stjackpdx.com

www.lamoulepdx.com

 

Music: "I Can't Stand the Rain" by Arielle Verinis.
Check her out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ArielleVerinis

 

 

Direct download: RATF_70_AARON_BARNETT.mp3
Category:Food and Drink -- posted at: 6:00am PST

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