Celebrating our favorite #Feeders on Instagram
Instagram is a great way to see and learn about what other people in the food community are up to. These 5 #Feeders cook, eat and live well, to say the least. If you don’t follow them already, you sure should.
The Feeder: @tuskpdx: TUSK. Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight. •. Sun 5pm-10pm •. (503) 894-8082 || follow @avagenes www.tuskpdx.com
Why we love @tuskpdx: Tusk is here. The doors to the Middle Eastern influenced restaurant in SE Portland opened earlier this week and it sure does look nice inside. The space is bright and welcoming; lots of white, with light accents of wood and leather, all centered around a giant photograph over the bar of Keith Richards in teeny swimming briefs, floating in the pool. But the food and drinks are even more striking, with Sam Smith (previously of Ava Gene’s and Philadelphia’s Zahav) using ingredients from local farms to build and accent his dishes. Unsurprisingly, he puts a huge focus on vegetables and salads, which are inevitably vibrant and pleasing to the eyes. And to top it all off, pastry chef Nora Antene (previously of Le Pigeon) makes the most epically beautiful desserts. If the pictures don’t tempt you to visit, there must be something the matter with you.
The Feeder: @kachkapdx: Kachka. kachkapdx.com
Why we love @kachkapdx: Kachka is one restaurant in Portland that the entire LET um EAT team agrees we could all eat at all the time. The authentically Russian spot is different than any other dining experience in the city and it’s damn good: pelmenis, vodka, herring under a fur coat, various cured fish, rabbit in a clay pot, even a caviar menu if you’re looking to treat yourself… and did we say vodka? Since opening in early 2014, the restaurant has gotten plenty of recognition as one of the best in the city and it continues to be just as impressive and consistent as ever. It should be said that the atmosphere and service really take the experience to the next level. And since we don’t actually get to eat there all the time, we keep tabs on the beauty and deliciousness through @kachkapdx. If you happen to make it there before we do next, seriously don’t miss trying the horseradish infused vodka with a pickle back. Trust us.
Come to think of it, we recently caught wind of a new marigold infused vodka they’re doing using Vibrant Valley Farm flowers, so it might be about time to pay a visit.
The Feeder: @namusf: Namu Gaji Restaurant. Lee brothers bring you farm-to-table American Asian inspired Cali-cuisine in sucka free San Fran. namusf.com
Why we love @namusf: The Lee brothers, who own and operate Namu in San Francisco, have been on the scene for a while. They’re known as great guys to work with, work for and their food is delicious (you’re missing out if you haven’t had the okonomiyaki). What started a decade ago as as a little restaurant off the beaten path in the Richmond has turned into a bit of an empire, with 2 restaurants, farmers market booth, an active events schedule and plans to expand. They even went so far as to invest in a farm, just south of San Francisco, that now grows many of their specialty vegetables and interesting ingredients to really elevate their “Korean-American, pan-Asian, farm-to-table” style. There’s always plenty going on with the Namu family, so be sure to follow along.
*Check out the recent SF Chronicle article by Jonathan Kauffman naming Namu as SF’s most representative restaurant.
The Feeder: @monajohnson : Mona Johnson. Good food and good people. tournantpdx.com/events
Why we love @monajohnson: For our last 5 Fav Feeders back in April we actually featured Mona’s project @pdxoystersocial that she runs with her other half and oyster-obsessive Jaret Foster. The duo has since opened a new, picture-perfect event space/café/sometimes-restaurant called Tournant (the name is reflective of the many parts to their business, similar to the multi-faceted role of a tournant in the kitchen). Mona is a chef and a creative, passionate about ingredients and their producers and bringing guests together for a true food experience. Sourcing most of their ingredients from local farmers and purveyors, what Jaret and Mona produce is nothing short of stunning. Don’t miss the next opportunity to join them on the coast for an oyster social right at the Nevor Shellfish Farm in Tillamook: September 4 – Oyster Roast at the Coast.
The Feeder: @gwenla: World-Class Butcher & Fine Dining Restaurant by brothers @curtisstone &@mrlukestone. #primalelegance www.theeditorialistla.com/home/2016/8/23/check-out-gwens-patio-for-the-new-butchers-scraps-bar-menu
Why we love @gwenla: Gwen, a butcher shop and “meat palace” of a restaurant opened in Hollywood a couple of months ago and we sure like their style. The project is Curtis Stone’s homage to the European-style butcher shops he fell in love with while working in London with Marco Pierre White. From the tile work and the butcher’s uniforms to the meat case full of tasty looking steaks, charcuterie and terrines, we can’t help but admire it all from afar. Check out the little video series they have going on, which shows Eaters how to break down and cook various animals and cuts of meat. We can’t wait to visit.