Gabriel Rucker is a man on the move. Nationally revered and locally adored, the Portland-based chef has received rave reviews for his restaurant Le Pigeon and the Little Bird Bistro — both of which he created before he turned 30. His provocative take on culinary tradition (like Foie Gras Profiteroles with caramel sauce and sea salt or Beef Cheek Bourguignon and his fondness for “sweetbreads”) makes him known for pushing boundaries. This year, his upward trajectory was acknowledged by the James Beard Foundation, which honored him with its Rising Star Chef of the Year award.

In this story, follow Rucker on his journey around the state in search of the right ingredients for “the perfect Oregon feast.” Rucker explains that he lets the environment dictate what he cooks. Here he puts together a meal that, he said, is “as Oregon as I can get.” From Willamette Valley wine, fresh-caught Depoe Bay lingcod and Rogue Creamery cheese to Central Oregon spirits made from lava-rock filtered water and Hood River craft brews, Rucker explores the depths of Oregon’s Bounty.

Visit Food.TravelOregon.com for more foodie ideas.

About the Author: Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.

Flag as Incorrect

Is any of the information on this page incorrect?

In this Oregon Story

These maps and directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, or other events may cause road conditions to differ from the map results. For travel options, weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941.

A Related Story

Looking for more stories like this? Here’s a suggestion…

  1. Local’s Picks: Lynne Curry

    written by Eileen Garvin

    Lynne Curry is an Oregon food writer, blogger, private chef and Ask Oregon Expert. Her cookbook, Pure Beef: An…

Share your thoughts Comments

Have something to say? Your Comment

  1. cjy says…

    this is so cool. i love Oregon.

    Written on August 23rd, 2012 / Flag this Comment
css.php
Close

Sign up for the

Travel Oregon

Newsletter

Stay in touch and get the inside scoop for your next Oregon adventure. We'll deliver Oregon stories, itineraries, contests and ideas of where to eat + drink and get outdoors and explore - right to your inbox, every month.

Success! You're all signed up to receive Oregon trip ideas delivered right to your inbox.

Hmm, something went wrong, please try later.

can't wait to hear from us?

Follow us Online