Right At The Fork (food and drink)

Damian Magista joins us again to discuss his change from Portland honey maven to the cannabis world with his new venture, Annata. 

This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by:
Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
Leanne Bach with Living Room Realty: www.leannebach.com
Food Trekking World: www.foodtrekkingworld.org
Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com

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

Direct download: RATF_112_Damian_Magista.mp3
Category:Food and Drink -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Don Salamone, like many others, landed in Portland because of its cost of entry as a chef.  Armed with a solid work ethic and a resume that included stops at Michelin-starred restaurants, he opened a food cart, Burger Stevens.  We talk about what Michael Russell's glowing review meant to him, how he came up with that name, and where Don's sights are set. 

This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by:
Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
Leanne Bach with M Realty: www.leannebach.com
Food Trekking World: www.foodtrekkingworld.org
Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com

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

Direct download: RATF_111_Don_Salamone.mp3
Category:Food and Drink -- posted at: 6:00am PST

One of the Northwest's most prominent and successful chefs checks in with us on operating a restaurant group in Seattle. We talk about wage laws and policies, how Seattle differs from Portland from a business standpoint, balance as a chef, and his inspirations for his 15 restaurants. Stay tuned for his Soundbite on his favorite hidden gems in the Emerald City.

www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com

This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by:
Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
Leanne Bach with M Realty: www.leannebach.com
Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com

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

Direct download: RATF_110_Ethan_Stowell.mp3
Category:Food and Drink -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Portland fast-casual newbie XLB Chef and owner Jasper Shen joins us to talk about the road that went from being taught by a dishwasher how to chop onions, to coming to Portland to open Aviary without ever having spent a day in the city, to his new venture serving the food he first enjoyed as a child.  And many things in between.

This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by:
Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
Leanne Bach with M Realty: www.leannebach.com
Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com

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

Direct download: RATF_109_Jasper_Shen.mp3
Category:Food and Drink -- posted at: 6:00am PST

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.  Find Ristretto at rrpdx.com

Nancy's latest book, "To the Bridge," an investigation the case of Amanda Stott-Smith, who in 2009 dropped her two young children from a bridge in Portland, will be published by Little A in 2018. nancyromm.com 

This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by:
Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
Portland International Auto Show: www.PortlandAutoShow.com
Leanne Bach with M Realty: www.leannebach.com
Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com

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

Direct download: RATF_108_Ristretto_Roasters.mp3
Category:Food and Drink -- posted at: 6:00am PST

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 it.

Discussed this month:

Oyatsupan
Taste of Sichuan
Tiffin Asha
Maya Erickson of Langbaan, Paadee, Hat Yai and Kim Jong's Grillhouse
Olympia Oyster Bar
Quaintrelle
Interurban
Prost
Inna Jam
Manresa Bread 
Momofuku Milk Bar

Follow Gary @garythefoodie on Instagram

This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by:
Leanne Bach with M Realty: www.leannebach.com
Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
Portland International Auto Show: www.PortlandAutoShow.com
Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com

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

Direct download: GARY_JAN_17.mp3
Category:Food and Drink -- posted at: 6:00am PST

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 kitchens properly, there aren't enough eaters and cooks out there to support this explosion.  Local restaurateur Kurt Huffman offers his perspectives regarding celebrity chefs, labor pools, compensation and tipping policies, as we once again delve into the challenges facing the industry.  San Francisco's Jim Angelus shares his recent experiences at his Bacon Bacon franchise, and how smaller might be more manageable and profitable.

For reference in this podcast:

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/american-restaurant-industry-bubble-burst
www.baconbaconsf.com
chefstablegroup.com

This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by:
Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
Portland International Auto Show: www.PortlandAutoShow.com
Leanne Bach with M Realty: www.leannebach.com
Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com

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

Direct download: RATF_107_Restaurant_Bubble.mp3
Category:Food and Drink -- posted at: 6:00am PST

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 about that opening. Dana also lets Chris off the hook for not being head over heels for her passion.

This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by:
Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
Portland International Auto Show: www.PortlandAutoShow.com
Leanne Bach with M Realty: www.leannebach.com
Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com

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

Direct download: RATF_106_Dana_Frank.mp3
Category:Food and Drink -- posted at: 6:00am PST

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 drink, out-of-his-league girls and the plan moving forward at Bit House Saloon.

his episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by:
Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
Leanne Bach with M Realty: www.leannebach.com

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

Direct download: RATF_105_Jesse_Card.mp3
Category:Food and Drink -- posted at: 8:14am PST

Part 2 of Right at the Fork's End of Year show concludes the conversation Chris and Cort had with Eater PDX's Mattie John Bamman and Gary the Foodie, discussing what things they're looking forward to the most in 2017, what chefs are rising stars, tipping policies and much, much more.

This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by:
Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
Leanne Bach with M Realty: www.leannebach.com
Chew Dining Club: www.chewdiningclub.com
Upserve: www.upserve.com/rightatthefork

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

Direct download: RATF_104_EndOfYear2016_Part2.mp3
Category:Food and Drink -- posted at: 6:34am PST