Award-winning food critic Kevin Alexander says we’ve just witnessed the “golden age of food” in America, and he thinks it all started in Portland.
Alexander argues that the turning point happened in 2006. Before that, Portland was a “culinary backwater.” Then national food critics started noticing our fusion food carts, craft cocktails, and farm-to-table supply chains — and that’s when Portland’s food style went viral.
“Other cities who didn’t have these long histories and culinary reputations started to say: ‘Well, look, if they can do it, why can’t we do it,'” Alexander told Marketplace.
The book is called “Burn the Ice: The American Culinary Revolution and Its End,” and the interview with Marketplace has some great nuggets about how our city’s food scene landed on the map.
In other news…
The latest skirmish between Proud Boys and Antifa is still five days away, but right-wing rabble rousers from as far away as Houston are already coming to join the fight. Lukewarm take: It’s not going to be pretty. (Portland Mercury)
The high number of fishy phone calls reported in Oregon last week has state officials worried about a Social Security scam, so if someone calls you asking for financial information, just hang up. (Regal Courier)
The Thorns set a National Women’s Soccer League attendance record yesterday, beating the North Carolina Courage 2-1 in front of 25,218 fans. (OregonLive)
Campaign signs are starting to pop up across Portland, and one of them is endorsing a candidate we can all get behind in 2020: “Any functioning adult.” (Reddit)
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