Articles by Kerry Politzer


Chef Michael Solomonov shares Israeli culture through food

EDITOR’S NOTE: On May 6,  the James Beard Foundation named Michael Solomonov’s Zahav restaurant this year’s outstanding restaurant. This is Michael’s sixth James Beard Award, which are often called the most prestigious awards in American hospitality.  Renowned Israeli chef and entrepreneur Michael Solomonov was a super-picky eater as a kid, but was lucky to have…


Skip long wait and grab a breakfast sandwich

PHOTO: Fried Egg I’m in Love’s Free-Range Against the Machine. Photo by Lauren Simpson Portland is famous for its breakfast and brunch. Diners often wait for hours outside Screen Door, Broder, Jam on Hawthorne and Slappy Cakes. But for those who can’t wait in line, a breakfast sandwich at one of Portland’s bakeries is a…


Gifts for foodies

Looking for the perfect Hanukkah gift for a Portland foodie? Not only are many of these items locally produced, a few are even kosher. Here is something for everyone on your list. Ale Aficionado One of the few examples of Hanukkah-themed beer will be available starting Nov. 20. Leikam Brewing, Portland’s kosher microbrewery, will release…


Enjoy NW-inspired Italian cuisine while listening to jazz

Above: Crema Catalana; Left: Perlot Salad; Below: Pasta. Photos courtesy Alan Weiner Photography One of the only Portland restaurants to regularly showcase live jazz also offers a creative, high-concept menu. Perlot (formerly Southfork) features the cuisine of Chef Patrick McKee, who has worked at the venerable Paley’s Place and Castagna. Patrick draws heavily on the…


Chef Sarah Schneider in high demand

PHOTO: Sarah Schneider. Photo by Cheryl Juetten California-born chef Sarah Schneider took a circuitous route to end up in Portland. After growing up in San Francisco, she moved here to attend culinary school, but soon found herself back in the Bay Area, where she worked at famed restaurant Foreign Cinema. “(Chef) Gayle Pirie helped me…


Local Jewish chef to be featured at Feast Portland

PHOTO: Diners enjoy the Secret Supper at last year’s Feast Portland. Photo by JessicaFiorillo Jewish Chef Sarah Schneider will be featured at two events during Feast Portland this year. While Sarah has participated in previous incarnations of Feast Portland with restaurants like Renata, she is thrilled to be a featured chef this year. “I’m really…

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