Timed for spring’s season of rebirth and renewal, Jaret Foster and Mona Johnson introduce Portland’s newest culinary event space, Tournant. The duo, who are the chefs behind Foster’s Craft Cooking and the popular Oyster Social pop-ups, recently purchased the former Din Din space in Northeast Portland’s Bison Building and will operate Tournant as a home for their boutique catering company—rebranding Foster’s Craft Cooking to Tournant—and as a welcoming gathering space for both public and private events.
“The inspiration for the name comes from the French word tournant (pronounced toor-nahn), which means turning or revolving. In a classic French kitchen brigade system, the chef tournant is a roundsman who is not tied to one station but rather floats and supports all chefs in the kitchen,” Johnson explains. “This is the role we want this space and venture to play in the Portland food scene.”
“We envision Tournant to be a creative and kinetic space that plays host to events and gatherings of all kinds,” adds Foster, “from our own dinners and Oyster Social events, to private celebrations, to guest chefs’ pop-ups and supper clubs.”