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Jan 25, 2017

The dynamic duo of Din Johnson and Nancy Rommelmann join us to discuss how Ristretto Roasters came to be, the process of growth that lead to five Portland locations, and how they've worked together to support their careers.  We also hear if Din had to choose between McDonald's Coffee and Starbucks, where he'd go. ...


Jan 23, 2017

Gary begins the year with bountiful list of places he's visited to straddle the years with a focus on the Mississippi District.  He also shares some of his favorite online stores where he's bought Michelin-starred food, including having loaves of bread shipped overnight from Manresa Bread.  And jam to go with...


Jan 18, 2017

We had the opportunity to talk to Kevin Alexander, who published a 3-part series on the Restaurant Bubble recently on Thrillist.com -- reporting on the factors converging to create big problems for restaurants all over the US.  From a glut of talent and investment money, with a dearth of resources to staff...


Jan 11, 2017

Dana Frank is recognized as one of Portland's most celebrated sommeliers. Her wine list at Ava Gene's were recognized by Food and Wine as one of the best in the country.  With the opening of Dame, she seized the opportunity to showcase natural wines in the unique setting she and partner Jane Smith created. We talk...


Jan 4, 2017

Jesse Card left Portland in a Plymouth Valiant at 18 and lied his way into a job at a New Jersey Outback Steakhouse.  Now he's back, and he's surrounded himself with people he trusts as the best in the biz at Bit House Saloon, generating lots of loyals and a host of press accolades.  Jesse talks about his first...