get together The Riffle NW crew celebrates the holidays together with seven fishes, 24 bottles of wine and one big party.
FamIlY IS WheRe You FINd IT
Servers, bartenders, line cooks — pretty much anyone who prepares or brings you your dinner — often share one thing in common: They’re orphans from some other city, moored to jobs far from home. So when the holidays roll around, they stick together and improvise their own impromptu “families”, creating new traditions out of old ones, with new friends made on the fly. Ken and Jennifer Norris know the drill. They’re New York City émigrés who moved to Portland two years ago to open their fresh-catch seafood spot, Riffle NW. In doing so, they “orphaned” their friend and fellow New Yorker Joseph Cefalu. So they lured him to Portland to run Ken’s kitchen, and the trio formed the core of the restaurant.
By Chad WalSh Photography by BeTh NaKamuRa DECEMBER 2012 MIXpdX.coM
Eat • Drink • Get Out • Get Together