#R88 Lisa Schroeder - Mother's Bristo

It's another classic episode of Right at the Fork.

Chris feels that Lisa Schroeder should be cited as "Portland's Official Mother."  Lisa visits the RATF studios to talk about the challenges of running a packed Portland culinary institution, especially in light of a the increased responsibilities she's taken on to provide love and care to her grandchildren.  Lisa shares some stories and grief of the loss of her beloved daughter, Stephanie.

Photo by Tim Sugden, About Face Magazine.

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#175 Michael Kanter - Eliot's Adult Nut Butter

If the name doesn't grab your attention, the taste of Eliot's Adult Nut Butter will. Founder Michael Kanter joins the podcast this week, to talk about his trek from the restaurant scene to the world of nut spreads.

What makes his nut butter adult and who the hell is Eliot? Find out in this week's episode of Right at the Fork.

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#174 Lisa Marcus - DigitalPour

What DOESN'T Lisa Marcus do?  From being the CEO and co-founder of DigitalPour, to helping run the annual Oregon Country Fair, Lisa stays busy.  Let's also add in fire dancing - and maybe biggest of all, plans to adopt a baby.

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#173 Mike Thelin - Feast Portland 2018

2018's Feast Portland is just days away, which makes co-founder Mike Thelin visit to the podcast perfectly timed.  It was.  

Hear what it takes to put together Portland's biggest food week, as well as what events still have availability.  Check out www.feastportland.com.

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Find out more about Chris' upcoming trip to Australia at www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com. 

#R133 Aaron Franklin - Franklin's Barbecue

As Feast Portland approaches, we decided to look back a year, when Aaron Franklin had to cancel his planned trip to PDX and instead, deal with a restaurant fire.

From the original podcast:

On the heels of a fire that caused Aaron Franklin's famed Austin restaurant to rebuild for a few months, the storied barbecue king talks about learning about barbecue as a kid and his perception of his craft that his parents never had.

A little politics, and we talk business: Why he won't open another Franklin Barbecue, sourcing his meat for his brisket, and what the Visa commercial he did bought him, and why he did it. And also, you know, the usual stuff, like Obama visiting your restaurant.

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#171 Micah Camden - Super Deluxe, Little Bean, Blue Star Donuts

Returning guest Micah Camden is responsible for Little Big Burger, Yakuza Lounge and Blue Star Donuts.  Chris and Cort invited Micah back to the podcast to talk about his latest venture, Super Deluxe - but were surprised to find out about an entirely new project, years in the making.

How many hours of sleep does Micah get each night? We'll find that out, too.

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#170 Nolan Hirte - Proud Mary

A coffee at Proud Mary in NE Portland is not your average coffee stop.  On this episode of Right at the Fork, we talk to Nolan Hirte, the co-founder of Proud Mary in Portland, and Melbourne, Australia. 

Hear what makes coffee to important to Nolan - and maybe most important, the care and service that goes into it. Plus, get details on a special Portland Food Adventures dinner on August 23rd, as well a preview of a PFA International trip next year.  See more at www.portlandfoodadventures.com.

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#169 Ryley Eckersly - Quaintrelle

Ryley Eckersley has worked in restaurants all over the world.  From Belize to Barcelona and nearly everything in between.  On this episode of Right at the Fork, Ryley tells Chris and Cort about his upbringing in London, his time spent at the family vacation home in France... and what ultimately led him the Pacific Northwest.

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#R136 Patrick McKee - Perlot

When we spoke with Patrick McKee back in October 2017, he had just opened Southfork in the old Smallwares space.  Recently, Patrick has given the restaurant a new name, prompting a visit to this "classic" but recent episode.

Patrick McKee, now manning the knives at Southfork, was by Vitaly Paley's side for years. Patrick talks about his Iron Chef and Knife Fight appearances with Chef Ben Bettinger, how he balances home and work life with kids ranging from newborn to teenagers, and also, what he's learned as a parent of a child who's shown him how to view things in a different light.

And has refresher, check out our first convo with Patrick (with Ben Bettinger) on Episode #50 in the RATF archives.

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#168 Renee Gorham - Toro Bravo Group

Not only does Renee Gorham oversee front of the house operations for all Toro Bravo Group restaurants, she runs the PR, produces events, and keeps her cool.  She's also raising a family and navigating through the scary world of her husband John's  Stage 2 glioma brain tumor .

We talk to Renee about how she got into the service industry and how she and John have dealt with their successes and setbacks, along with their dreams and priorities..

Also, a little about Tuna Week at their restaurants.

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#167 Gabriel Rucker - Le Pigeon, Little Bird Bistro, Canard

Gabriel Rucker left a busy lunch service at his newly opened Canard to talk to Chris and Cort about how life has changed for him since opening his third restaurant, while raising a family.

Hear about how he manages his time and what people should expect at Canard.

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#166 Sam J. Reed - Pizzeria Otto

Pizzeria Otto's Sam Reed is a force to be reckoned with in the Portland pizza scene.  He's fresh from a trip to Naples where he spent a week one-on-one with Master Pizzaiolo Enzo Coccia of La Notizia.

This episode also features Pizzeria Otto owner Clark Hale, talking Neapolitan pizza... and you can be sure they'll address clam pies.

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#R118 Kelly Cox - Original Fare

It's a classic episode of Right at the Fork, in celebration of Season 5 of Kelly Cox's Original Fare.

Kelly Cox is always on a journey. From her small town upbringing in Missouri, to NYC to now exploring the globe with her TV show, Original Fare, on which she's looking for real food and the stories behind it.  We hear how her vices have helped guide and advance her career and life. And a few other morsels of wisdom. 

Check out episodes of Original Fare here: www.theoriginalfare.com

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#165 Erick Russ - Pono Brewing

It's easily one of the most unique paths in the Portland food and drink scene.  Pono Brewing's Erick Russ stops by the studio and tells Chris and Cort what led him into micro-brewing, by way of precious gems and cannabis. 

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Soundbite - Eater's Brooke Jackson-Glidden's Oregon Summer Travel Eats

It's officially summertime in the Pacific Northwest, and that means road trips!

Eater PDX's Brooke Jackson-Glidden stops by and shares some of her favorite spots to eat outside of downtown Portland, including spots on the coast, Salem and Eugene - and Hood River.

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#164 Andy Kryza's Love Letter to Portland

Thrillist's Andy Kryza is making the big move to LA!

In this week's episode of Right at the Fork, Andy tells Chris and Cort what things he's looking forward to in LA, as well as what he'll miss about Portland.

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#163 Liz Davis on Kelly Myers - Xico

Liz Davis joins Chris and Cort to talk about her Xico partner Chef Kelly Myers. She tells us about how an illness while on a staff trip to Oaxaca, eventually lead up to Kelly suffering a stroke.  She'll also tell us how she's doing today.

Also, hear why Liz ended up in Portland and how Xico actually came about.

Learn more about a special benefit event taking place at Xico with Portland Food Adventures at www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com.

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#162 Missy Maki - Jake's Catering & Food Media

Not only has Missy Maki spent the last 6 years talking about the Portland food scene on the radio, she also works for one of the biggest restaurant and hospitality companies in the country.

In this episode of Right at the Fork, Missy tells Chris and Cort about the beginning and the end of her radio show "Simple Kitchen." Missy also shares why she is so passionate about what she does every day with Landry's.

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