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
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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.

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Direct download: SB_MICHAEL_ZUSMAN.mp3
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#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.
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Direct download: RATF_70_AARON_BARNETT.mp3
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Soundbite - Eater PDX's Mattie John Bamman's Anticipated New Places in 2016
Mattie John Bamman, Eater PDX's editor-in-chief, discusses the places coming in 2016 that excite him most.  Mattie also blogs at http://www.ravenoustraveler.com
 
Mentioned in this episode:
 
 
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Direct download: SB_MATTIE_JOHN_BAMMAN.mp3
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#69 Cana Flug - Besaw's, Wildwood & The Solo Club

Cana Flug had quite a journey in the Portland restaurant world since her last appearance on Right at the Fork.  Weeks after the show was recorded, Wildwood, one of Portland's best known restaurants, which had touched the careers of many chefs, closed suddenly after lease negotiations failed.   About a year later, Flug's other restaurant, Besaw's, Portland's oldest restaurant, became embroiled in controversy when the owner of the building claimed he owned the rights to the Besaw's name. Flug talks candidly about those newsworthy controversies, and also the reopening of Besaw's and The Solo Club.

 

Intro Music: "I Can't Stand the Rain" by Arielle Verinis.
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Direct download: RATF_69_CANA_FLUG.mp3
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#68 Gregory Gourdet - Departure

Chef Gregory Gourdet of departurepdx.com has rapidly become of one of Portland's most well-known chefs. He had an exciting long run on TV's Top Chef on 2015. Then he was tapped to develop a second Departure in Denver for the Sage Restaurant Group. In this podcast, Gregory talks about his trajectory from Jean-Georges in NY to Portland, where he now runs one of Portland's highest and largest restaurants. We also talk about Chefsweekpdx.com and how that came to be three years ago.

Intro Music: "I Can't Stand the Rain" by Arielle Verinis. 

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Direct download: RATF_68_GREGORY_GOURDET.mp3
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#67 Kurt Huffman - ChefStable

Kurt Huffman is a home-grown restaurant entrepreneur, who operates some of Portland's best restaurants.  His ChefStable Group is behind successful spots like Ox, Lardo, Grassa, St. Jack, PREAM, Loyal Legion, Oven & Shaker, Hamlet, and now some properties outside of Portland.   Kurt takes about the state of the food biz in Portland, as well as the current legal controversy surrounding Lardo.

 

Intro Music: "I Can't Stand the Rain" by Arielle Verinis. 
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Direct download: RAFT_67_Kurt_Huffman.mp3
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Missy Maki and Byron Beck stop by for an end of the year digital soiree.  Many places mentioned in this podcast:

@hjconsult

@missymaki

@byronbeck

St. Jack

Lardo

Ataula

@portlandfoodadv

Portland Food Adventures International Trips

Oregonian names Renata ROY

Ox Restaurant

Higgins

Paley's Place

Park Kitchen

Gregory Gourdet and Doug Adams on Top Chef

POMO Levant review

Taylor Railworks

Coquine

Pine Street Market

Tasty N Alder

Laurelhurst Market

@garythefoodie

Crown Paella

Nong's

Grassa

The Heathman

St. Honore

Langbaan

Feast

The Country Cat (Adam Sappington)

Da Net

Clyde Common

Can Jubany -- Spain

Farm Spirit

Kachka

Taste of Sichuan

Zabars

Natalia Toral's Great Dive Bars

Verde Cocina

Radar

Paragon

Andina

Why Chris took a pass on recommendations

 

Direct download: RATF_66_End_Of_Year_2015.mp3
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#65 Maya Lovelace - Mae

Maya Lovelace is on a roll.  She's generating attention with her Mae North Carolina cooking pop-ups, after working in the kitchens of Husk in Charleston, Beast, Bollywood Theater and Tanuki here in Portland.  We talked to her about her trajectory and her Grandma.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Mae

Husk

Tanuki

Kachka

Lovely's Fifty Fifty

Bit House Saloon

Pure Spice

MeKha

Pho Hung  

 

Direct download: RATF_65_Maya_Lovelace.mp3
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