Right At The Fork

Right At The Fork

Portland Food Adventures founder Chris Angelus and KINK.fm morning show host Cort Johnson invite the region’s most prominent tastemakers to discuss how they got from there to here (including their "Right at the Fork" moments"). Long-form interviews with the unique people who converged in Portland to make it a great place to eat and drink, along with soundbites and restaurant reports make this the podcast to listen to if you're into one of the most happening food scenes in the world.

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September 27, 2021 20 min

In this episode of the Joy of Drinking Podcast, listeners get to hear from Pechluck.

Pech is a Portland-based food & beverage enthusiast, influencer, and blogger. She recently competed in Crater Lake Spirits annual "Claim Your Spirit of Adventure Cocktail Contest." Learn more about Pech's "Autumn Rejuvenation" entry and get tips on what to drink and where to eat this fall!

Read Pech's food and travel blo...

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After announcing the scheduled opening of his new retail wine shop, we caught up with Andy Fortgang, known to many as the business brains behind Portland's storied Le Pigeon and sister restaurant/bar Canard, which Andy owns with Chef Gabriel Rucker.   We discuss Andy's new project, Flor, and the genesis behind it, as well as the severe challenges of owning two restaurants through the recent pandemic.  Andy tells us what the...
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September 16, 2021 84 min
We catch up with Kurt Huffman of ChefStable to discuss lots to do with the state of the restaurant business in 2021.  Having a stake in dozens of projects and restaurants gives Kurt and great perspective on some of the challenges facing both restaurants and their employees, and diners these days. We talk about his new projects in Lake Oswego and Beaverton and perhaps as far as the Oregon Coast.  We touch on the evolution of buying ...
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Chef Kyo Koo, whom Portlanders will know from his days at BlueHour and more recently as proprietor of Danwei Canting, joins Chris to talk about working on his new concept in New York City, Bokki Seoul. Coming out of the pandemic, Chris asks Kyo about his thoughts about fast casual, take-out, and whether something closer to fine dining is something we can expect to return like the days of old.

Issues like rent and labor are consider...

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Jason French was once referred to as an "Portland ambassador" by our host Chris Angelus when it came to Portland's food world, but even beyond that: embodying much of the spirit of the city, a dozen years ago to the point before Covid hit.  Cut to 2021, and Jason is moving out of the hospitality business and into personal coaching for men, utilizing many of the skillsets and experience he gained as chef/owner of Ned Lud...
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The Joy of Drinking Podcast returns, as Joy sits down with Carrie from Greater Goods!

If you've ever tasted their delicious CBD chocolates, you know that everything they create is of superior quality and is absolutely delicious.

Carrie and Jody share with Joy details about a new line of products: 100% vegan CBD gummies.

Right at the Fork podcasts are supported by:

Zupan's Markets: www.zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse: www.Rin...

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We venture outside of Oregon this week with Mary Amter, host Chris' former beloved neighbor in Connecticut, who joins us to talk about her cooking classes geared for kids and adults.   Covid brought her classes online, which can be found on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/mccguilford/videos.    Mary talks about her childhood cooking with Mom and Dad, her husband's chef and teaching world, and how she decided, as a ...

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August 19, 2021 68 min

Lauro Romero, chef of República  , a new hotspot on the Portland food scene, joins us to discuss his childhood and Mom's influence in his native Mexico on his food sensibilities.  We track his journey from farms in Mexico through Utah to Portland, where Chef Lauro helmed one of Portland's best seafood spots, King Tide.  Chef talks about the things that came together with his partners to form what he believes is a perfect te...

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MÅURICE's Kristen Murray's story begins in Southern California, baking with her great-grandmother and great-aunt. On this episode, hear about Kristen's journey from California, to New York City, to France and eventually Portland (with many more stops in between), and the eventual creation of MÅURICE.

Right at the Fork is supported by: 

Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com RingSide Steakhouse:  www.RingSideSteakhouse.com ...

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August 5, 2021 62 min
Mike Thelin joins us again to talk about rethinking Feast Portland, and what's important to the pared down, revised festival this year, and as the organization looks beyond the pandemic to future years.  Chris and Mike get into a discussion about restaurants and Portland and quality of life.  Mike always gives us a great conversation, and this is no exception.   You can hear about Mike's food, life and business background i...
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We asked Anne Hubatch to join us to discuss her family trip around the west this summer with her kids, visiting national parks and monuments along the way.  The first part of the podcast is dedicated to the wonders of long summer road trips, and then in the second segment we talk about Anne's journey to become a self-employed winemaker.  We discuss Helioterra and how she managed to weather the pandemic after 8+ years in the...

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July 22, 2021 90 min

Katherine Benvenuti, pastry chef and proprietor of Fills, joins us to talk about all the ups and downs she's experienced since opening Bar King six days before the pandemic.  That upheaval has led to her new venture, Fills Donuts, as well as being partner in the new Tasty restaurant.  We discuss donuts, tipping, work/life balance, sweet versus savory, how Lake Oswego compares to Portland, the challenging labor market and how be...

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Looking back to February 2020, before everything changed, with Kelsey Glasser of Arden.

Kelsey Glasser is the owner and sommelier of Arden in Northwest Portland.  She joins the podcast to talk about what took her from the Willamette Valley to pursue acting in New York and L.A... and how wine brought her back to the Pacific Northwest.  Plus, she'll share how Arden brought the two career paths together.

Right at the Fork is suppo...

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July 1, 2021 69 min
Chef Kyo Koo, whom Portlanders will know from his days at BlueHour and more recently as proprietor of Danwei Canting, joins Chris to talk about working on his new concept in New York City, Bokki Seoul.  Coming out of the pandemic, Chris asks Kyo about his thoughts about fast casual, take-out, and whether something closer to fine dining is something we can expect to return like the days of old.   Issues like rent and labor are consi...

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This episode of Right at the Fork is sponsored by:

Zupan's Markets: www.Zupans.com Finex: www.FinexUSA.com   RingSide Steakhouse: www.RingSideSteakhouse.com Portland Food Adventures: www.PortlandFoodAdventures.com 

  Jeff Ridabock hails from the same town host Chris Angelus, so in this fun episode Chris and Jeff reminisce about growing up in privileged Darien, Connecticut in the 60s and 70s. (You may not want little ears to h...
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It's been a while since Eater Editor Brooke Jackson-Glidden joined us.  This will be our first visit with Brooke since the pandemic.  We talk about her job and having to work it mostly from home over the past year, reporting versus criticism, what the future of the food industry might look like, as well as some of the restaurants and carts Brooke is most excited about as we begin to emerge from under Covid clouds.

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With a new child on the homefront, Alex Diestra is poised as the new Executive Chef at Portland's iconic Andina Peruvian restaurant, where he's also helped develop their new outdoor/take-out concept, Chicha. His pedigree is strong, after having worked in kitchens at Bruce Carey's Saucebox and Clarklewis, but also growing up with Peruvian food from childhood.  Chris and Alex talk about his moving to Portland from Peru at...

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SOLD!!  Food Carts Portland! 

Brett Burmeister made his name in the Portland food scene by writing about food carts in a way no one else had.  For 10 years, he ran Food Carts Portland's website, which includes blogs and social media, becoming the face of the Portland food cart scene.  He consulted with cities and others around the world who wanted to develop a street food scene like Portland's, and curated events as well as...

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Let' go back to August of 2018, when we first spoke to Nolan Hirte of Proud Mary (as we learn that Proud Mary is expanding into Austin Texas)

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 ...

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Michael Gibbons and his wife own Papa Haydn and Jo Bar, which have been a staples in the Portland Food world since they met each other as employees at Papa Haydn many cakes and drinks ago.  Since then, they've largely stepped away from the day to day operations to leave that responsibility in younger, capable hands, including their son Brendan.   We talk to Michael about his trajectory from a kid in LA slinging burgers to Reed ...

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