July 28, 2014 at 7PM
How did a place called Stumptown rise as America's great new food city? Portland Monthly food critic and author Karen Brooks was the first to identify the "Portland food school," a scene of spirited chefs, dogged farmers, plucky innovators and adventurous diners all in it together. Their inspiring philosophy, pioneering entrepreneurial models, and surprising rise-to-stardom stories run through her restaurant reviews and ninth book, The Mighty Gastropolis: A Journey Through America's New Food Culture. Karen will chronicle the rise of a citythat defied the gods of gastronomy and why it matters.