Katherine Chew Hamilton came to Portland Monthly in the summer of 2020; previously, she was the restaurant critic at the East Bay Express, an alt-weekly newspaper in Oakland. Find her at a taco cart, ice cream shop, or eclectic pop-up researching stories about Portland’s food scene, with particular emphasis on BIPOC makers. 


Bake Tres Leches Just Like Sugarpine Drive-In's Pastry Chef

Victoria Ascencio, pastry chef at this essential Portland pit stop in the Columbia River Gorge, combines nostalgia, seasonal bounty, and an unexpected ingredient.

05/31/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton Photography by Michael Novak

Restaurant Openings

PoMo Day Date: Tour Three New SE Eateries This Weekend

From doughnuts to oysters to amari, these are the new Southeast Portland cafes, bars, and restaurants on our radar.

05/25/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat the Northwest

Get to Know Oregon’s Namesake Summer Fruits

From Bing cherries to Hood strawberries, in the Pacific Northwest it’s easy to plan summer eats around the harvest.

05/24/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Farm Fresh

Fabulous Farmers Markets in Portland, Beaverton, and Beyond

Where to stock up on the best of the bounty of every season.

05/22/2023 By Dalila Brent, Katherine Chew Hamilton, and Margaret Seiler

Food News

Legendary Portland Food Cart for Sale—Earns $500,000 Per Year

Owners Duane and Xue Mei Simard are retiring and passing on their noodle knowledge to the future owners.

05/19/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Clandestino’s Lauro Romero Named Chef at the Ritz-Carlton

He joins executive chef Pedro Almeida on the 20th floor of the downtown Portland luxury hotel.

05/18/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Why Is Portland’s Oldest Food Cart Pod Taking Cash from a Tech Company?

Expensify and ChefStable are teaming up to renovate a downtown cart pod. We track down what's really happening here.

05/18/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton


Oregon Wine + Food Is an Impressive Portland-Authored Guide to Our Local Wine Scene

Plus, the book features 80 recipes from local chefs designed to pair with wines from pinot noir to viognier.

05/12/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

Where to Grab Mother’s Day Brunch

From coconut guava french toast to dim sum to a classic eggs benny.

05/08/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton


Thu Fashion Brings Italian Street Style to Sandy Boulevard

Portland tailor Thu Duong talks immigrating from Vietnam to Italy, her philosophies on boots and selfies, and her love for fashion.

05/03/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Piccone’s Corner Debuts House-Made Farm-to-Ferment Salumi

Curing fresh pork is a delicate process that few small producers partake in. Olympia Provisions isn't the only game in town anymore.

05/01/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton


What to Do in Oregon in May

Learn about UFOs and close encounters in McMinnville, race between breweries in Bend, celebrate Oregon wine in award-winning viticulture regions, and ride a fat-tire bike in Cannon Beach.

04/28/2023 By Sam Stites, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Michelle Harris, and Margaret Seiler

Food News

Portland Monthly Food Critic Karen Brooks Snags a James Beard Nomination

This is her third time being named a finalist for the award, which she won in 2017. Plus, several other Portlanders are in the running for media awards.

04/26/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

Portland's Best Ice Cream

Our go-to shops for scoops, sundaes, frozen pops, gelato, and vegan ice cream, with Cloud City, Kulfi, Lovely’s Fifty Fifty, and, of course, Salt & Straw

04/24/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Julia Silverman, and Matthew Trueherz

Food Carts

Meet the Food Carts at Lil’ America, Portland’s Most Exciting New Pod

Come for Korean fried chicken wings, longanisa burgers, and a sense of community and camaraderie.

04/18/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton Photography by Isabel Lemus Kristensen

Reality TV

Love Is Blind’s Kwame Is Confident About One Thing: Seattle, You’re Overpriced

While we don’t understand why you’d get engaged on reality TV, we can certainly understand why you’d pick Portland over Seattle.

04/14/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Skidbladnir, a Former Rose City Park Food Cart, Is Reopening at Star Bar

Known for its Norwegian meatballs, lamb sandwiches, and Irish spice bags, owner Patrick Carney moves toward burgers and wings, plus a few favorites from the old menu.

04/13/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Restaurant Review

Meet Kaede, Our New Favorite Sushi Spot

This Sellwood neighborhood restaurant is a must-do destination for not just sushi but chawanmushi, soba, and sake.

04/12/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Restaurant Openings

Gabriel Pascuzzi from Top Chef Reopens Stacked Sandwich Shop April 11

Take a look at the new Slabtown space, plus new sandwiches like green curry fried chicken and pork coppa.

04/07/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton Photography by Michael Novak

Food News & Events

The Price to Taste a 60-Year-Old Japanese Whisky? $7,000.

The Multnomah Whisk(e)y Library is selling extravagantly-priced tickets to taste the House of Suntory’s Yamazaki 55 whisky—of which there are only 100 bottles in the world.

04/05/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton