Real Good Food Grows
Ingredients Insider Opens First Store
Portland, OR (6/20/19) – Jim Dixon – best known for supplying some of Portland’s best chefs key ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, and special vinegars – is expanding his company Real Good Food with the opening of a retail store in his new warehouse in Portland’s rapidly developing Burnside Bridgehead neighborhood.
For 20 years, Dixon’s Real Good Food has been quietly selling chefs and food friends his favorite ingredients for cooking tasty food. Now Dixon, with his new partner Noah Cable (Bunk Sandwiches, Lauretta Jean’s) and son Joe Dixon (Gotham Cafe, SF’s Smuggler’s Cove), are opening the pantry doors to everyone. The new store offers more products, bulk olive oil, and an eclectic, rotating selection of wine, cider, and vermouth, which is also available on tap.
“I started my business because I wanted good olive oil for myself,” says Dixon, a former food writer and James Beard Journalism Award finalist. Real Good Food began in 1999 when he imported a couple of cases of olive oil he’d found on a trip to Italy, sold a few bottles to his friends, and kept the rest for his own kitchen.
Twenty years later, Real Good Food distributes ingredients coveted by local chefs. Extra virgin olive oil from California and Italy, hand-harvested Portuguese sea salt, and hard-to-find Katz Orleans method vinegars are in the kitchens of Nostrana, Le Pigeon, Beast, Laurelhurst Market, Toro Bravo, Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty, Sweedeedee, and more.
Now, with the larger warehouse, new hours and retail store, Dixon and his team are making these special ingredients more accessible to home cooks. In addition to a rapidly growing line of spices, salts, beans and rice, they’re adding even more hand-picked goods, both imported and domestic. New additions include:
Pinhais Tinned Fish (Portugal) – handpacked sardines from 100-year-old company
Ito Shoten Tamari (Aichi, Japan) – aged for 3 years in 200-year-old cedar casks
Roasted Salty Black Sesame Seeds (Osaka, Japan) – from Japan’s best roaster
Duke’s Mayo (South Carolina) – iconic mayonnaise not often found outside the south
“Good ingredients make cooking tasty food easier,” explains Dixon, who’s known for his unfussy cooking style and love of common ingredients like beans, rice and cabbage. Dixon plans to offer occasional cooking classes and events in the test kitchen at Real Good Food.
Real Good Food took shape in Dixon’s NE Portland garage. Dixon sold bottles out of his backpack at the Portland Farmers Market, and he’d have an annual olive oil ‘garage sale’ in his driveway. For nearly a decade he operated from a couple of small units at Activspace, with dock sales to avid home cooks once a week for a few hours. Customers called it the olive oil “speakeasy” since there was no sign, and they learned about his sales only by signing up for Dixon’s recipe-filled newsletter.
Real Good Food
Hours: Friday – Tuesday, noon to 6pm
Location: 935 NE Couch St, Portland OR 97232
Contact: 503.987.0828 or email [email protected]