When it comes to food, there’s something special happening in Portland, Oregon. The city has had a spotlight on it for some time now and, through my photography, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many of these talented food creatives.
It also has given me a front-row seat to what I believe is a revolution in the way Americans eat today. Quality over quantity. Flavor over price. Local, organic, and seasonal instead of year-round sameness from big box stores. Many Portland food leaders are making conscientious choices, from producers and suppliers to ingredients and production methods, that reflect this new approach to food.
As a native Oregonian, I’m proud of what is going on in Portland and the state at large. The thriving food scene in Portland is fueled by a community of people who are passionate about their work and their aim to create something new. But it’s more than just doing food well. They seek to provide people with an experience that underscores the ethos of the city and the food values that we hold so dear.
Here are three of my favorite spots that live up to that great Portland spirit.