Portland, Oregon, located on the banks of the Willamette and Columbia rivers in the Pacific Northwest, is a city of microbreweries, artisanal coffee shops, food trucks and local farmer's markets -- and it also has the perfect climate for growing roses. Its natural beauty has made it a popular movie and TV filming location, including the "Twilight" movies and the supernatural TV show "Grimm."
Portland, named No 1 in sustainability, was recently ranked 7th overall healthiest metro area in the U.S. by the ACSM Fitness Index. Exceptional community and environmental factors such as extensive parklands and Portland's 200 miles of dedicated bike lanes as well as its many recreational facilities and farmers markets contribute to the city's excellent health index and keep the city in the running for the country's greenest city. With galleries and restaurants in the upscale Pearl District or dinner and a show in the downtown area, Portland has something for everyone, from art museums to world-class visual and performing arts.
Vegetarian, omnivore, locavore or carnivore: Welcome to Portland
The Portland culinary scene offers a wide variety of exceptional and creative flavors and foods for every palate, artistically employing local produce and food products. But Portland chefs do seem to have a special place in their hearts for carnivores, according to award-winning food writer Josh Ozersky in a Time magazine article on Portland as America's new food Eden. The U.S. Department of Agriculture agrees, naming the Portland Prime Steakhouse one of the top 10 steakhouses in the country.
Additional recognition of Portland's award-quality culinary scene continues with 2013 James Beard Award finalist Ken Forkish of Ken's Artisan Bakery in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category. And the Rose City also claims three out of five finalist positions for best chef, Northwest: Cathy Whims of Nostrana, Gabrielle Rucker of Le Pigeon and Naomi Pomeroy of Beast. Two of these restaurants appear on the Portland Food and Drink.com 2012 readers' top 11 restaurants, along with Toro Bravo, Pok Pok, Paley's Place, Tasty N Sons, Andina, Castagna, Laurelhurst Market, St. Jack and Aviary.
Culinary schools in Portland
So much of a culinary education is being able to put learned skills to work through internship opportunities in a real-world restaurant. Although Portland is a small town by contrast to other major culinary cities, it has 7,257 restaurants (22.5 per 10,000 residents). That makes it the 15th most restaurant-crazy city in the country, according to an article on The Huffington Post. Portland not only has a significant number of exceptional restaurants to work in and many talented and creative chefs to work with, but it also has a full complement of top-notch culinary schools to provide the culinary education that may help an aspiring chef get started in this restaurant-crazy town.
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ACSM American Fitness Index, Health and Community Fitness Status of the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas, 2012 Edition, http://americanfitnessindex.org/docs/reports/2012_afi_report_final.pdf
Art and Music in Portland, Oregon, Travel Portland, http://www.travelportland.com/things-to-see-and-do/the-arts/the-arts
"James Beard Awards 2013: Restaurant & Chef Finalists Announced," The Huffington Post, March 18, 2013, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/james-beard-awards-2013-finalists_n_2867988.html
"Prime Time Top 10 USDA Prime Steakhouses," 2009, http://www.primesteakhouses.com/
"Reader Survey 2012: The Top 11 Restaurants in Portland!" Portland Food and Drink, December 27, 2012, http://portlandfoodanddrink.com/reader-survey-2012-the-best-restaurants-in-portland/
"U.S. Total Restaurant Count Increases by 4,442 Units over Last Year”, The NPD Group, January 23, 2013, https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/us-total-restaurant-count-increases-by-4442-units-over-last-year-reports-npd/
"Top 10 U.S. green U.S. cities," Mother Nature Network, 2013, http://www.mnn.com/health/allergies/photos/top-10-green-us-cities/1-portland-ore
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"Best Restaurant Cities: 15 U.S. Metro Areas With The Most Eateries Per Capita," The Huffington Post, Joe Satran, January 25, 2013, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/25/best-restaurant-cities_n_2545499.html#slide=2022805
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