Olympic Provisions Northwest is the convivial west-side answer to our intimate Southeast location. Marked by a string of patio lights on an otherwise industrial stretch of NW Thurman, OPNW offers a menu of lovely rustic Eurpoean-inspired fare in a warm, windowed setting, accentuated by our antique French rotisserie.
Thomas Keller-trained Colin Stafford comes to Olympic Provisions Northwest after serving as the Sous Chef for Alex Yoder at our southeast location since March of 2011.
Stafford got his start in cooking while growing up in the restaurant industry in Oregon City, first working mostly in the front of the house before deciding he was going to culinary school. He went to Culinary Institute of America in California’s Napa Valley and he catered for several bigwigs including a 6-person dinner for Francis Ford Coppola. But it was Stafford’s stint at Bouchon, the sister of Thomas Keller’s legendary restaurant French Laundry, where Stafford learned the meticulousness and attention to detail that instilled in him to make every dish the best he possibly can.
In 2011 Stafford moved back to Portland and helped launch brunch for our southeast location and realized it wasn’t only about technique it was about making food accessible to everyone: “I loved the way customers were so pleased when they left,” he said. Stafford wants to make good use of the rotisserie – what he calls one of the stars of our northwest space. In addition to the chicken Northwest has been serving from the rotisserie, Stafford plans to cook quail, pork and beef. His background in French cooking and his time at Olympic Provisions’ southeast location will help to make food that he calls polished and refined yet accessible.
Some of Stafford’s New Menu Items: (Menus are updated daily here) Spit roasted pork shoulder crepinette, eggplant, piquillo peppers, stewed corona beans
Crispy skinned salmon, braised leeks, roasted beets, breakfast radish, creme fraiche
Hand rolled potato gnocchi, basted delicata squash, crispy sage, buerre noisette
Come in to OPNW for happy hour and warm yourself with a few of our craft cocktails. You’ll find yourself staying for dinner amongst a friendly crowd, where you might hear the strains of old funk and soul mixed with blues and local bands.