Portland’s Popular Salumeria Names Alex Yoder, Executive Chef of Southeast Restaurant Since 2010, as Executive Chef of Both Restaurants
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Olympia Provisions names Alex Yoder, the Executive Chef of Southeast since 2010, as Executive Chef of the Southeast and Northwest locations, it was announced today. The menus will continue to be unique to each restaurant, but Yoder will update the menu at the Northwest restaurant to reflect his innovative approach to the traditions of rustic European cooking found at the Southeast location.
Before taking the reins at Olympia Provisions, Yoder, a Portland native, cooked his way from line cook to sous chef at several of Portland’s best restaurants, including Café Castagna (where he met his future collaborators, Nate Tilden and Elias Cairo) and Clyde Common. At Olympia Provisions, Yoder puts seasonality at the forefront of both menus, and his dishes highlight locally sourced produce, fish and meat.
“The outpouring of support from our customers during the name modification, and now adding Alex’s talents to our menu at Northwest have made this a year of positive change,” said Elias Cairo, Co-Owner and Head Salumist, Olympia Provisions. “We’ve been in business for five years now, and busier than ever, and starting April 1 both restaurants will be open for dinner seven nights a week.”
Olympia Provisions’ Southeast location has grown from establishing the city’s first salumeria to being a destination for refined dishes, with a sleek industrial design. Olympia Provisions Northwest is the welcoming west side answer to the intimate Southeast location. The menu offers rustic European-inspired fare that will continue to include the favorite rotisserie chicken and prime rib from an antique French rotisserie that accents the intimate setting.
About Olympia Provisions
Olympia Provisions is Oregon’s first USDA-approved salumeria established in 2009 with two Portland restaurants featuring rustic European fare with clean, Pacific Northwest ingredients. Salumist and Co-Owner Elias Cairo grew-up in a Greek-American family where doing things by hand was commonplace and was a natural influence on his eventual journey to Europe to apprentice in the kitchens and butcher shops of masters. It was there that Cairo rediscovered the art of curing meat and found inspiration in the meat markets and mountain towns of the old world. Returning to Portland, he set out to approach the craft of charcuterie with purity and patience, recreating a nearly extinct old world technique that is seldom seen in America, and Olympia Provisions was born. For more information about Olympia Provisions, visit the website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.