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Think Portland, Oregon is all VooDoo Doughnuts and "put an egg on it?" One of Portland's most prominent "food sherpas" and Portland Food Adventures' founder Chris Angelus along with co-host Cort Johnson invite the region’s most prominent and up-and-coming tastemakers to pull up a chair and talk about the craft of food & beverage in their own words. This is “Right at the Fork.”

Right of the Fork RATF

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    • 4.7 • 43 Ratings

Think Portland, Oregon is all VooDoo Doughnuts and "put an egg on it?" One of Portland's most prominent "food sherpas" and Portland Food Adventures' founder Chris Angelus along with co-host Cort Johnson invite the region’s most prominent and up-and-coming tastemakers to pull up a chair and talk about the craft of food & beverage in their own words. This is “Right at the Fork.”

    #340 Where are They Now? Eric Finley - The Buttered Biscuit, formerly of Chop Portland

    #340 Where are They Now? Eric Finley - The Buttered Biscuit, formerly of Chop Portland

    We catch up with Eric Finley again in the second of our Where Are They Now series. Eric owned Chop Butchery during his Portland years, which ended in 2018.  Eric was previously featured on our podcast in 2014, episode #18.  Eric talks about his reasons for leaving Portland and the journey that landed him and his family in Bentonville, Arkansas.  We also talk about what saved his life, his sobriety, along with what he misses in Portland, and what he doesn't.  We foray into a frank conversation about the food industry, and how it has changed for the worse and for the better.
     
    We really enjoyed talking with Eric, and surely wish to have him on again to share his stories and viewpoints with us again.
     
    Right at the Fork is supported by:
     
    Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
    Oregon Dungeness Crab: www.OregonDungeness.org 
    RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com
    Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com 

    • 1 hr 24 min
    RATF Classic: #308 Jonathan Jones - Epilogue Kitchen and Cocktails / 2023 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northwest Nominee

    RATF Classic: #308 Jonathan Jones - Epilogue Kitchen and Cocktails / 2023 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northwest Nominee

    Upon his Beard nomination for Best Chef NW last year, we were honored to have Jonathan Jones on our podcast. Now that the second JBF nom has come his way, and after moving his Salem restaurant's location, we thought it would be worthwhile to revisit our interview with Chef Jones from March of 2022.
    Jonathan Jones of Salem's Epilogue Kitchen and Cocktails makes his first podcast appearance with us just after his recent 2022 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northwest nomination.    He asked us if we could focus on the positive, and for sure we did that, discussing what the nomination means to him, his paths from southeast Pennsylvania to Wisconsin and Vermont to Oregon to garner such an accolade, along with some of the people who helped inspire and instill in him what it took to be not only a great chef, but a responsible restaurant owner and active citizen.
    Jonathan espouses appreciation for all the places he's lived, and especially for those things that make him satisfied with his and his wife's choice to move to Oregon.    We do spend some time on his  activism, partly manifested in encouraging reading with the library maintained at Epilogue, as well as the energy required to put forth to be an active person.  We talk about what he has learned in promoting the interests of the underserved, and what changes he expects in the marathon of spreading understanding of the meaning and need for the Black Lives Matter movement .   
    We really enjoyed this talk and hope you supplement listening to this episode with a visit to Epilogue Kitchen and Cocktails in Salem to meet Chef Jonathan in person.
    Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
    Oregon Dungeness Crab: www.OregonDungeness.org 
    RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com
    Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com 
     

    • 1 hr 20 min
    #339 Lisa Schroeder - Mother's Bistro and 2023 Restaurant Challenges

    #339 Lisa Schroeder - Mother's Bistro and 2023 Restaurant Challenges

    Chef Lisa Schroeder of Mother's Bistro has had a very challenging few years.  The most recent upset was when her bank wouldn't honor refunding the money on checks written to her bank account number under someone else's name, simply because she didn't report the problem soon enough.  This comes on the heels of a tumultuous few years after 23 years in business  In 2018, she went through the process of moving Mother's to its new location not long before the pandemic hit.  Her location, in the middle of downtown where meth use is prolific, isn't the only challenge. She's required in her lease to be open 7 days a week, since her restaurant serves the hotel in the same building.  Lisa talks to us about the outlook for her business in the face of rising costs and new Portland dining and working patterns as well as restaurants as a whole, wherever they may be.
     
    Lisa is one of Portland's most outspoken restaurant owners, and she's always a great interview.
     
    Right at the Fork is supported by:
    Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
    RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com
    Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #338 Joel Gunderson - Heavenly Creatures and Coopers Hall

    #338 Joel Gunderson - Heavenly Creatures and Coopers Hall

    Joel Gunderson comes by RATF to talk about his second venture with Chef Aaron Barnett, Heavenly Creatures. Joel talks how the pandemic has reshaped hospitality, and also resets  Portland back to something that resembles the spirit of 2010, when he and Barnett opened Restaurant St. Jack. Joel reminisces about meeting Aaron while partying and how Aaron encouraged him to familiarize himself with wine so they could open a restaurant together in Portland. Joel has since uncorked wine programs at 11 restaurants in Portland, shaping a storied career that's got many tasty years ahead of him. 
    Support Tommy Habetz and his family as he recovers here:
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/helping-brookie-and-the-kids 
     
    Right at the Fork is supported by:
    Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
    RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com
    Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com 

    • 1 hr 28 min
    #337 Where Are They Now? Sarah Hart - Psychotherapist, formerly of Alma Chocolate

    #337 Where Are They Now? Sarah Hart - Psychotherapist, formerly of Alma Chocolate

    We start out 2023, Right at the Fork's 10th season streaming with in-depth interviews with the players in the Portland food scene, with a new series called "Where Are They Now?"  Sarah Hart, formerly of Alma Chocolate, joins us this time as a seasoned Psychotherapist.  She left the business when she sold Alma to Moonstruck Chocolate a few years back.  Sarah was immersed in our food scene with her alluring chocolate shops and retail business, as well as being a fixture at the Portland Farmers Market for years.  She found the business unsustainable after years of toiling away, and decided it was time for something else.  Sarah talks about her childhood in Missouri, years in Portland and what she thinks of the changed landscape now, both food-wise and socio-economically.  We also hear about some of Sarah's favorite haunts.
     
    Sarah's practice can be found here:  https://sarahharttherapy.com/
     
    Two prior interviews with Sarah on Right at the Fork can be found here:   http://rightatthefork.com/shows/tag/Sarah+Hart
     
    Right at the Fork is supported by:
    Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
    RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com
    Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com 

    • 1 hr 26 min
    #336 Gary Okazaki - Gary the Foodie's 2022 Recap

    #336 Gary Okazaki - Gary the Foodie's 2022 Recap

    Our most frequent guest Gary the Foodie joins us to round out a year where he hasn't traveled to other cities as much as he has historically, so we'll hear about his favorite Portland spots and what he's looking forward to going forward.  We will discuss his objectivity toward his friends' restaurants, namely Gregory Gourdet's Kann and Ryan and Elena Roadhouse of Nodoguro.   We move on to Gary's disinterest in traveling and the seemingly scuttled plans to move out of the Portland area.
     
    We'll also break some news to some listeners about Feast Portland.  Spoiler alert!! Baseball talk at the end.
     
    Right at the Fork is supported by:
    Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com
    RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com
    Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com 

    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Steph from Gresham ,

Best food podcast

This is my new go-to source for restaurant recommendations and Portland food news. Chris and Cort do a great job!!

Gregory Day ,

Excellent

You have to hand it to Right At The Fork, their show is a template for how to do produce Pac NW food show & they've been an invaluable resource for me this past year & I hope for many to come.

twc912 ,

Great interviews - but Gary....

I’ve listened to this diligently for the last few years. The insight you get from area Chef’s is really interesting and fun to listen to. I get that Gary is a big part of the Podcast, but it gets really old hearing about how boring (insert a plethora of other adjectives Gary uses) Portland’s food scene is. And how great SF’s is. That shtick gets really old. I don’t listen to the podcast to hear that and I don’t think it benefits the podcast or listener.

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