It’s official: we’re headed to Portland! Feastly has already brought thousands of chefs and diners together around our communal table, and now we’re gearing up to do the same in cities across the country. Portland pop-ups will be the newest additions to our roster of chefs and culinary experiences–if you or someone you know are in PDX, grab a seat before the table is set.
So why Portland? We’re sure you’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: Portland has an incomparable food scene. From ice cream decked out with donuts to bike-driven food carts, we’re counting the ways Portland shows us how to keep things weird.
1. James Beard once said, “No place on earth, with the exception of Paris, has done so much to influence my professional life.” Since the ‘90s, chefs have heeded these words, flocking to Portland from meccas like NYC, LA, and SF. JBA winner of Best Chef Northwest Vitaly Paley was one such chef – moving from Paris to Portland, Oregon for its famous morels.
2. The city loves its mobile food movement so much, it created the Vendy Awards to recognize its favorites. But don’t call them food trucks because in Portland, the locals refer to them as food carts.
3. Portland loves to get local. Nearly half of growers providing fresh products to Portland’s markets are within 30 miles of the city, and over 90% are within 100 miles.
4. It’s not just about Portland: the city’s community-centered food generosity extends to other countries. Aurelian Wilson, owner of food cart Jouk Li Jou and purveyor of the city’s only Haitian food, helped rebuild her hometown following Hurricane Matthew.
5. Portland’s got soul food so kickass we’re not surprised it came from Vikings. Specifically, our favorite food cart with a killer name, Viking Soul Food specializes in “lefse,” a Norwegian flatbread and other Scandinavian favorites.
6. Good food deserves to go everywhere. Portland loves its bikes so the city carries its food efficiently on two wheels. All over the city, bike carts are serving up crab cakes, coffee, icicles, popsicles, beer, pizza, popcorn… basically anything you can digest!
7. Portland knows how to celebrate food. Beyond craft beer, chocolate, dumplings, macarons, berries, and burgers… the city even has a festival dedicated to the fancy fungal: truffles.
8. Portland is sweetly quirky. Unlike other cities who serves donuts by themselves, Portland gives us donuts with cereal on top. Or on top of ice cream. Here’s a map highlighting the unique, fried delicacies of PDX.
9. You may have heard of Stumptown, Portland’s famous beanery, but the city also boasts the original shop where Tazo Tea founder, Steven Smith, perfected his famous leafy brews.
10. Portland’s food influence extends beyond its borders. Portland’s SE Asian eatery Pok Pok has already landed in NY and LA. Don’t live in either city? You can cook from the chef’s popular self-titled cookbook available wherever books are sold.
WE’RE HEADED TO PORTLAND
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