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PORTLAND, ORE. (July 23, 2013) – Get to Know Portland's Culinary Culture at PDX

The faces behind the food: Portland's top 12 culinary artists revealed

Gabriel Rucker, owner and chef at Le Pigeon in Portland

An exhibit that portrays the culture of some of Portland's finest culinary chefs and food connoisseurs opened last week at Portland International Airport.

Local photographer, Dave Lutz, captures 12 Portland culinary stand-outs in this exhibit along the PDX Concourse Connector, located post-security until July 2014. This exhibit illustrates the bustling and experimental culinary scene in Portland and how chefs draw inspiration from one another and their environment.  

Featured in the exhibit are Andina; Bar Mingo; Beast; Huber's; Jacobsen Salt Co.; Le Pigeon; lorio; Nostrana; Paley's Place; Papa Haydn; Stumptown Coffee Roasters; and the Tabor Czech food cart. Each photograph is accompanied by the story behind the landmark. Learn which chefs are multiple James Beard Award winners, which chef is a U.S. Culinary Diplomat, and how a local staple grew from the back of a Ford Pinto into a national chain.

"What I appreciate most about this exhibit is that it peers into the lives of these renowned chefs and innovators, teaching us about their history and inspirations, allowing us to connect with them on a personal level," says Greta Blalock, PDX arts and entertainment coordinator. "So the next time we dine out, we connect with not only our food, but also its creators."

The PDX art program is designed to illustrate the dynamic culture of the Northwest and showcase a variety of works through ongoing relationships with regional artists and organizations.


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