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Think Portland, OR is all VooDoo Doughnuts and "put an egg on it?" One of Portland's most prominent "Food Sherpas" Chris Angelus invites the region's most prominent and up-and-coming taste-makers to pull up a chair and talk about the craft of food & beverage in their own words. This is Right at the Fork.




#131 Tommy Habetz - Bunk and Pizza Jerk

Tommy Habetz joins us to talk about his Connecticut upbringing on the outskirts of Bridgeport, his days at Ripe, where a crew of young chefs set the tone for the Portland food scene to come, as well as his love of music. This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by: Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com Connect with Chris & Cort at www.rightatthefork.com

Duration: 00:53:29

#32R Geoff Latham - Nicky USA

It's another classic Right at the Fork, brought to you by Ristretto Roasters. Grab a delicious cup of Ristretto Roasters coffee check out our interview with Geoff Latham of Nicky USA from 2014. If you've eaten delicious game in a Portland restaurant, chances are you have Geoff Latham to thank. Mentioned in this episode: www.nickyusa.com/wag www.restaurantbeck.com/ www.oxpdx.com/ www.departureportland.com/ www.paleysplace.net/ www.lincolnpdx.com/ This episode of Right at the Fork...

Duration: 00:46:14

Gary's 2017 Spotlight on Bay Area Restaurants

Gary Okazaki shares his favorite San Francisco area restaurants with us. The city in which he dines more than any other except Portland is ranked based on many visits, and feature his top 20, as well as ranking those restaurants against our best of Portland. Listen to have a comprehensive list next time you're looking for elevated, fine dining in The Bay Area. Gary's list: (First number is rank in Bay Area, second number is number it would be in Portland) 1,1 ) Manresa 2, 1)...

Duration: 00:43:58

#130 Ben Bettinger - Laurelhurst Market & Big's Chicken

Laurelhurst Market's Executive Chef Ben Bettinger joins us to talk about work/life balance now that he has a son, approaching the fire at Big's Chicken and the future of that business, and his three Food Network victories. This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by: Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com Standard TV & Appliance: www.standardtvandappliance.com Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com Music: "I Can't Stand the Rain" by Arielle Verinis. Check her out...

Duration: 00:59:29

#129 Jose Chesa & Cristina Baez - Ataula and 180

The dynamic couple behind Ataula, 180 and the recently retooled Chesa join us to talk about the reasons and hard process of closing Chesa as a restaurant. We discuss the importance of Jose's father in his life and how he views parenthood as a result. Also, how Jose winds down after a long day and night of service. This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by: Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com Standard TV & Appliance: www.standardtvandappliance.com Portland Food Adventures:...

Duration: 01:03:35

Gary's July '17 Spotlight on Portland Restaurants

From a Dive Bar Crawl, to Brunches… July was a busy month for @garythefoodie. Here's what Gary covered this month: Langbaan Castagna Zilla Sake (on NE Alberta) XLB Duck House (near PSU) Jacqueline’s Brunch Verdigris’s Brunch Proud Mary Mian (in the Renata parking lot) The Slammer B-Side Tavern My Father’s Place Star Bar Hanigan’s (The Vern) Shout outs from Chris include: Southfork, Paiche and Homegrown Smoker. Right at the Fork's Monthly Spotlights are brought to...

Duration: 00:26:56

#128 Scottie Rivera - Scottie's Pizza Parlor

It's the same old story. Brooklyn boy's mother decides to move to New Mexico to be a cattle rancher. Boy deprived, relegated to Pizza Hut. Goes into pizza depression. Gets a job at a pizza place and learns his passion. Gets married, works at several Portland restaurants, wife suggests he's happiest when making pizza. Opens yet ANOTHER restaurant on Division Street, Scottie's Pizza Parlor. Then delivers white clam pizza to whining podcast host. Interview commences. This episode of Right at...

Duration: 00:56:39

#57R Leather Storrs - Noble Rot

It's another classic Right at the Fork, brought to you by Ristretto Roasters. Grab a delicious cup of Ristretto Tres Burros coffee check out our interview with Leather Storrs again from 2015. Leather is one of our favorite people, doesn't pull any punches, and he happens to be a damn good chef. He also tells us he's going to have his own podcast pretty soon, and we're sure he's going to invite Chris and Cort. Right? It's time to get REAL, Portland. Straight talk from...

Duration: 00:53:46

Soundbite: Brett Burmeister - Summer 2017 Food Cart Update

Brett Burmeister of Food Carts Portland (and Home, a Bar) sits in with us to update us on some new favorite food carts in Portland. Is it Bow Picker? Or Bow Picker? Is the world ready for the sushi burrito? Take a tour with Brett by connecting with him here: http://www.foodcartsportland.com/tours/ This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by: Standard TV & Appliance: www.standardtvandappliance.com Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com Leanne Bach of Living Room Realty:...

Duration: 00:31:14

#127 Daniel Mondok - Raven and Rose

Daniel Mondok joins us on the podcast. Daniel takes us on his journey from his first love of the restaurant business and some of his loves, to his interview with Thomas Keller at The French Laundry. Daniel has one of the deepest resumes of Portland chefs, earning high acclaim at his own Sel Gris, Genoa, the opening of ambitious Paulee to his current position at Raven and Rose, which he now calls home. He speaks with adoration for his time at the historic restaurant and...

Duration: 00:56:24

#126 Kim Malek - Salt & Straw

Salt & Straw mastermind Owner Kim Malek joins is to discuss mellienials, rapid growth, how the current political climate affects her business and her multiracial family. Listen in to hear what's made Salt & Straw so successful. This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by: Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com Standard TV & Appliance: www.standardtvandappliance.com La Ruta PDX: www.larutapdx.com Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com Music: "I Can't Stand the Rain"...

Duration: 01:13:43

#R40 Jason French - Ned Ludd / Elder Hal

It's another classic Right at the Fork, brought to you by Ristretto Roasters. Grab a delicious cup of Ristretto Tres Burros coffee and listen to our interview with Jason French. We cover it all in this show. Politics, chefdom, Portland, truffles. To know Jason French is to understand the essence of Portland cuisine. Mentioned in this...

Duration: 00:59:54

Gary's June '17 Spotlight on Portland Restaurants

@garythefoodie checks in with us with a prolific group of new and established restaurants, along with some tips on doing a proper restaurant crawl. Or ten. Chris proclaims his decade long ongoing rant and quest for a proper white clam pizza in Portland is officially over, after visiting The Crown. Here's what Gary covered for you this month: Wasabi Sushi Can Font King Leroy Ferne and Holly OxBox at Ox Higgins Farm Spirit Santo Domingo Taqueria Toffee Club Jim and Patty's...

Duration: 00:27:21

#125 Javier Canteras - Urdaneta

Javier Canteras' roots are planted in Madrid, but now he's blossoming as a chef at Urdaneta, the sweet Alberta Street restaurant he owns with his wife, Jael. He's putting out some of the most interesting food in Portland now, which was not his original goal when moving here from Oklahoma to take part in Portland's music scene. He stops by to talk about Spain, life in the midwest, and where you can find him playing his guitar at his Portland gigs. This episode of Right at the Fork is...

Duration: 01:02:57

#124 Alan Weiner - Food Photographer

Alan Weiner joins us to tell us about his journey from a boy in Iowa to a long-time contracted NY Times photographer based in Atlanta, to Portland, where he has established himself as a premiere freelance food photographer. Alan shares with us some of the most incredible assignments he had for the NY Times, from political unrest in the USA and Russia to the '96 Olympics and political conventions and even hurricane disasters. Alan met his wife Pam on a plane flight from Portland, and then...

Duration: 01:01:51

#123 Carlo Lamagna and Nick Zukin - Cultural Appropriation

On the heels of the controversy set forth upon the closing of Kooks Burritos, a "shit list" was published that listed over 60 Portland restaurants owned by white people, along with suggestions of People of Color-owned businesses that should be frequented instead. Nick Zukin's Mi Mero Mole appeared on the list of businesses that people should avoid. Carlo Lamagna, an American-born Filipino, who is Executive Chef at Clyde Common and the future Magna, recently opened and subsequently...

Duration: 01:13:58

Soundbite: PDX Fried Chicken according to Doug Adams

Fried Chicken has become a thing in Portland now. So our friend Doug Adams, whose Imperial Fried Chicken first caught the attention of the Top Chef Nation, drops in to the Right at the Fork studios to share with us a few of his favorites when it comes to dropping the bird into the fryer, and slamming it down on a plate. We look forward to seeing what he's got planned for Bullard's opening in 2018. Among those featured: Country Cat: www.thecountrycat.net Mae: www.maepdx.com Han Oak:...

Duration: 00:21:53

#122 Mike Thelin - Feast Portland

​Mike Thelin ​considers himself a champion of chefs and the bounty of Oregon. His storied career has taken him from Scappoose, OR to New York and other continents, and now back home to Oregon, where he's in his sixth year co-producing Feast Portland. While Mike has been a huge factor in helping promote Portland as a premiere food city, we wanted to hear more about Mike than we usually do, and we did. We also got a taste of what's to come at Feast in September (tix on sale early June at ...

Duration: 01:06:34

#121 Elias Cairo - Olympia Provisions

Elias Cairo joins us on a meaty podcast. He takes us on this journey from working at his family's restaurants in Utah to Switzerland, where his apprenticeship there gave him a base of knowledge to hone his skills at places like Castagna in Portland. Eli takes us through some of the challenges and his personal joys of establishing Olympia Provisions, the USA's only USDA certified salami production facility. We also talk about his other business interests. This episode of Right at the Fork...

Duration: 01:05:46

Gary's May '17 Spotlight on Portland Restaurants

It's been a nice dining month in Portland for both @garythfoodie and host Chris Angelus. In this episode, you'll hear discussion about: Aviary Renata Tusk Chalino Astral PDX Departure Castagna Roe Ray Lovely's Fifty-Fifty Conin Urdaneta (and a PFA there on 8/9/17) Firehouse Higgins Guero Fifty Licks MacGregors in Manzanita La Cabana D Raya in Astoria Episode image at Applebee's with Han Oak's Peter Cho and his wife Sun and photographer Zoe Ching, which, for...

Duration: 00:30:50

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