LuxeGetaways Magazine – Fall 2016 | Chef Naomi Pomeroy is Portland, Oregon’s undisputed star chef. Over the past decade, she has created a culinary name for herself, and her restaurants – Beast and Expatriate [5424 & 5425 NE 30th Avenue | (503) 841-6968 | www.beastpdx.com]. At Beast, she has been creating meat-centric and French-inspired dishes for the past nine years from this small dining space only large enough to serve twenty-four guests. At Expatriate, she and her husband, noted mixologist Kyle Linden Webster, have been serving drinks and food to guests for four years in this specialty cocktail and bar bites establishment. Pomeroy’s unique dishes, paired with Webster’s infusions, are motivated by the couple’s travels abroad, mostly to Asia and India.
Pomeroy has been involved with Portland’s food scene since the early 2000’s when she and her former business partner/husband cooked up weekly private dinners before launching into their own brick and mortar operations. After the demise of both the marriage and the restaurants, Pomeroy pulled herself up by her independent bootstraps, as a single mother, and set about re-creating new ventures. In 2007, she opened Beast.
With only two induction burners for cooking, no dishwasher, no oven, and only two servers, Pomeroy reinvented her life with hard work and chutzpah. Her first major acclaim was being named “Restaurant of the Year” by The Oregonian in 2008. More accolades came with each progressive year: Bon Appétit named her one of the top six of the “New Generation of Female Chefs” in 2008. In 2009, Food & Wine Magazine named Pomeroy one of the “10 Best New Chefs.” In 2010, Oprah Magazine decreed her one of the “Top 10 Women to Watch in the Next Decade.” Pomeroy then made her national television debut on Top Chef Masters bypassing Top Chefs in 2011. Finally, after being nominated in 2010, 2012, and 2013 as the “Best Chef Pacific Northwest,” the honor was granted in 2014.
With her teenage daughter, new husband, two establishments to operate, and a cookbook coming out at the end of 2016, Pomeroy does not have many opportunities to explore her town these days. However, her passion for Portland is stronger than ever, and she offers her suggestions on how locals and visitors can best enjoy its ever-evolving dining scene.
Morning Coffee: “Extracto Coffee is where I go to get my coffee. It’s my neighborhood coffee house. I drink it black. No cream, and no sugar.” [2921 NE Killingsworth Street | (503) 281-1764 | www.extractocoffee.com]
Breakfast and Brunch: “I love Olympia Provisions. The Benedict here is delicious.” [107 SE Washington Street | (503) 954-3663 | www.olympiaprovisions.com]
Lunch: “Because I cook for a living, I want to go someplace where I can get good service and luxuriate. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it has to be good. And it’s the time I’m going to indulge in something richer. I try and eat heavier in the day and lighter in the evening. It’s good for you to do that and I try and watch what I eat. I love going to Roman Candle, where the flatbread crust is so good.” [3377 SE Division Street | (971) 302-6605 | www.romancandlebaking.com]
Dinner: “Right now, Langbaan is the place to go. I think they sort of took my idea of Beast – in a good way, and used it in Thai food. They have eight seatings a week with prix fix ($70 per person).” [6 SE 28th Avenue | (971) 344-2564 | www.langbaanpdx.com]
Soup and Salad: “Mostly for me, it’s about the environment and atmosphere; and it’s about the company I keep. It’s usually just singular dishes, like the Gabriel Ruckers’ cauliflower soup at LePigeon, or one of their salads. It’s in the simple stuff, you know?” [738 E Burnside Street | (503) 546-8796 | www.lepigeon.com]
Breakfast and Pastries: “I’m really into MÅURICE right now. Kristen Murray is making really delicious things. Her cooking is in keeping with my ideas.” [921 SW Oak Street | (503) 224-9921 | www.mauricepdx.com]
Cocktails: “Even if I didn’t own it with my husband, I would still head to Expatriate. The drinks and global snacks are delicious.”