Book Review – The Toro Bravo Cookbook

Toro Bravo Cookbook

Over the last few years, it seems like more and more chefs feel the need to add long bios showing the highs and lows of their life, before recounting their success opening a restaurant, before they get to the parade of recipes. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t; mostly it depends on how interested one is in … [Read more...]

James Beard Semifinalists 2013 Announced


As every year about this time, the James Beard Foundation announced its huge list of semifinalists for the 2013 Restaurant and Chef awards. While the list includes plenty of local chefs and restaurants, no Portland restaurants are nominated in the "Best Restaurant" section. Note that Portland also did not get any … [Read more...]

Pascal Sauton for “Hottest Chef”

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Zester Daily guest writer John Gorham, owner of Toro Bravo, Tasty n Sons and Tasty n Alder, has strong opinions on the silliness of contests on some food blogs - ...But the contest that pushed me over the edge was named “The Hottest Chef.” Not hot as in “rising star” or “making great food.” No. Hot as in good … [Read more...]

Early Pictures: Tasty n Alder

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Ace photographer Tim Roth managed to get access to take photos of the new Tasty N Alder opening at 580 SW 12th (across from Grüner). Though the 2300 square foot space is still under construction, it is starting to take shape. They've got a nice flat top for searing, and a Chitwood grill that is gas fed to ceramic … [Read more...]

John Gorham Out at Interurban

John Gorham has parted ways with Interurban, stating that he wishes to focus on his brand with Toro Bravo and Tasty n Sons, with plans to expand with a second Tasty n Sons location in the near future. Details upcoming. John opened Interurban in a partnership with Chefstable in 2011, saying  he wanted to open a bar … [Read more...]

John Gorham Readies Toro Bravo Cookbook

John Gorham

John Gorham of Toro Bravo, Tasty N Son's and Interurban, is moving into a new venture with his first book, "The Making Breaking and Riding of a Bull". McSweeney's Press, publisher of Lucky Peach and The Mission Street Food cookbooks, has agreed to be the publisher. If all goes according to plan, it will hit the streets … [Read more...]