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. 

Dining Picks

Best Thing We Ate This Week: Oxtail Lasagna from Lasagna Project PDX

Order one of chef Thomas Boyce’s handmade, hand-delivered lasagnas via Instagram DM.

01/08/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Health & Wellness

Our Guide to Being OK in 2021

Does wellness seem like too high of a bar right now? Think of this as your guide to being OK.

01/01/2021 Edited by Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food & Drink

4 Local Wellness Food and Drinks to Try

From pickleez to chocolate, nourish your body and mind.

12/30/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Year in Review

The 2020 Portland Food Highlight Reel: Pivots, Food Carts, and New Restaurants

Amidst all the chaos of this year, here are the pivots, new food carts, and new restaurants we're celebrating.

12/29/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Food News: Oregon Legislature Passes To-Go Cocktails Bill

Plus, try a new vegan restaurant, and make it to your favorite Portland restaurants before they close (some temporarily, and some forever).

12/23/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Breaking News

Sunshine Noodles Is Going on Hiatus Until March. Meanwhile, There’s Fried Chicken.

Diane Lam is launching a fried chicken wing pop-up on January 15.

12/23/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Breaking News

Akadi Will Close December 31, But Promises To Return

Owner Fatou Ouattara says her West African restaurant will be back bigger and better than ever.

12/22/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Best Thing We Ate This Week: Chocolate Croissant from Twisted Croissant

This chocolate croissant connoisseur has been won over by chocolate ganache.

12/18/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Food News: To-Go Cocktails, Dungeness Crab, and Food Cart Break-Ins

Customers could purchase up to two sealed, to-go cocktails per “substantial food item.”

12/16/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Holiday Guide

Try These Three Holiday Cookie Recipes from Portland Bakers

Sebastiano’s fig cookies, Smith Teamaker’s chai chocolate chip cookies, and Kim Boyce’s gingersnaps: these are a few of our favorite things.

12/15/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Bar King & The Bakery at Bar King Announce Permanent Closure

The live fire cooking restaurant, bar, and Asian-inspired bakery is closing its doors on January 2.

12/15/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Best Thing We Ate This Week: Radicchio and Winter Squash Salad

We take a break from our usual restaurant and food cart coverage to show the Hollywood Farmers Market some love.

12/11/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Holiday Guide

Where to Order Takeout for the Holidays

Lamprais, lovecake, lasagna, and latkes.

12/11/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Holiday Guide

Gifts for the Food Lovers on Your List

Embrace the spirit of giving—all while supporting local food businesses.

12/10/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Food News: Learn to Make Real-Deal Soup Joumou

Plus, celebrate winter vegetables, order an exciting new monthly food box, and help two veteran Portland food businesses that are in trouble.

12/09/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Wellness

Here’s How to Find a BIPOC Therapist in Portland

Three local therapists on connecting with someone who gets it.

12/08/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Food News: “One Piece” Dinner from Nodoguro

Plus, the pork pate-filled puff pastry of your dreams, a latke party for two, horseradish vodka, and tequila nog.

12/03/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Recipe

Kenchinjiru Is the Hearty Stew You Need This Winter

This feel-good comfort food is loaded with miso, raw ginger, tofu, and a kitchen sink of veggies.

12/03/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Light a Fire

The Black Resilience Fund Brings Immediate Financial Relief to Black Portlanders—and Strives for a More Equitable Future

The fund has grown from a GoFundMe with a goal of $5,000 to a nonprofit that’s raised nearly $1.7 million for Black Portlanders.

12/02/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Light a Fire

At Camp Ukandu, Jordan Herrle Restores Hope—and Childhood—for Kids Battling Cancer

The youngest member of the camp’s leadership team advocates year-round for kids with cancer.

12/02/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton