Author Archives

  • A Word from Chad ~ April 2016


    Spring is here and with it, the bounty of produce and seafood. Some of our team just returned from the International Seafood Show in Boston, which happens to be the 2nd largest seafood show in the world. Every part of the globe is represented. It was an incredible trip and a great city to visit. […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ November 2015


    One night last week we had what I call an epic fail at our house. My boys have been looking forward to this for some time, had completed all of their homework, cleaned their room, and I made a special trip to pick “it” up. No, I’m not talking about a puppy (that’s a topic […]

  • Frank S Holman III


    Frank was exposed to music at a very early age by his father who played trumpet in “Big Bands”. Influences included Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, and classical jazz masters such as Ahmad Jamal and Ramsey Lewis. Frank did the “classical piano lessons and recitals” thing in his teens, but soon found […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ September 2015


    Since launching these monthly newsletters last year, we’ve received feedback from some of our guests that they like hearing more about restaurant news and upcoming events. If that’s you, here’s my shameless plug on why you should dine with us: starting today, we are launching a new program, highlighting suppliers each month. In September, we […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ August 2015


    My wife and I attended a memorial service this week for a friend who passed away too early in life. One of the speakers described him as being a ‘gentlemen from another era.’ What is profound and shocking to me is that it’s uncommon for people to behave that way anymore. Somehow, across a few […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ July 2015


    Welcome to summer! It feels like we’ve been enjoying it for a couple of months, even though it officially just started. As a parent to two elementary school boys, I have to admit the end of the year was tough. The sun was constantly shining and never seemed to set. And our fourth-grader took a […]

  • Getting Dirty with Oregon Pinot Noir


    Dirt might not be the first thing that comes to mind when enjoying a glass of wine, but the make-up of the soil has a profound effect on the overall flavor profile of wine. While the quintessential grape may be a prerequisite for quality, it requires support from both the climate and soil. More than […]

  • Six Acclaimed Vintners, One Incredible Evening


    Join Us at El Gaucho Portland to Celebrate Quality, Tradition, Friendship and Toast to the Future Generation of Washington Wine “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ― William Arthur Ward In the long history and tradition of making wine, Washington state may be a neophyte, […]