Articles by Kerry Politzer


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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Basque recipes with local ingredients

PHOTO: Urdaneta features an assortment of tapas which change seasonally. As a child in the Basque village of Bermeo, Chef Javier Canteras enjoyed spending time with his maternal grandfather, who was a fisherman and epicure. Together they would attend meetings of the local gastronomic society, or txoko. This club was a place of culinary experimentation…

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Dairy-free Asian cuisine and desserts

Photo by Drew Tyson Biting into a creamy chocolate dessert at Departure Restaurant + Lounge, you would have no idea that it was dairy free. You might be even more surprised to find that the absence of dairy extends to the entire pan-Asian menu. Chef Gregory Gourdet, who places a premium on health as well…

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The 1905 dishes up pizza, jazz and veggies

For a post-Passover treat, there’s nothing quite like pizza. And where better to eat it than at The 1905 with its wealth of veggie options? The pizzeria is the brainchild of lifelong vegetarian and jazz musician Aaron Barnes. He serves a style of pizza that is a cross between what he terms the “New York…

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