All a-‘board’!

A La Carte

April 7, 2019

Story By: Lianna Mccurdy |

The ultimate hors d’oeuvre has found a niche in the city of Portland, Oregon. Home to an array of local chefs dedicated to handcrafted goodness, specialty ingredients, and old crafts, Portland is the perfect place to grab a glass of your favorite wine and nibble on charcuterie delights.

1. Higgins
1239 SW Broadway
(503) 222-9070


Photo courtesy of Higgins

A menagerie of weekly butchered meats and delicious savory tidbits are laid out on Higgins’ charcuterie board. The board changes with Portland’s seasons, but often includes mortadelle, pork rillettes, duck liver moussette, salchichon, and finocchiona, among other bites.

2. Nostrana
1401 SE Morrison, Ste. 101
(503) 234-2427

Photo courtesy of Nostrana

Nostrana sous-chef and whole animal butcher, Rob Roy, crafts the restaurant’s charcuterie board contents in house. This array of antipasti is comprised of ginger and basil pork sausage, prosciutto di San Daniele, chicken liver and bourbon pate, smoked trout mousse, pickles, grain mustard, and sour cherry and currant mostarda.

3. Olympia Provisions
Public House Eatery

3384 SE Division St.
(503) 384-2259

Photo courtesy of Olympia Provisions Public House Eatery

Founded on old recipes and traditional techniques, Olympia Provisions is expert at creating high quality meats. The charcuterie board includes pork pistachio pate, saucisson sec, saucisson d’arles, pork rillettes, grilled French garlic sausage, bread and butter zucchini pickles, cauliflower pickles, grain mustard and brie fermier.

4. Paley’s Place
1204 NW 21st Ave.
(503) 243-2403

Photo courtesy of Paley’s Place

With a daily changing charcuterie selection, one can always expect a unique plate at Paley’s Place.

Try pork terrines, rillettes, coppa, Landrauchschinken, or special items like Testarosa, a roulade made from Moto Perpetuo Farm’s “weed pigs,” which are fed leaves and stems from the cannabis plant.

5. Little Bird Bistro
215 SW. 6th Ave.
(503) 688-5952

Photo courtesy of Little Bird Bistro

Whether you’re in the mood for an entire charcuterie board or samples of each treat, Little Bird Bistro’s got you covered. Choose from items like chicken liver mousse with port-glazed shallots, deviled egg with mayo and saucisson, or head cheese terrine with mirepoix and chili aioli to tantalize your taste buds.

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