Welcome to Under the Table, a quick and easy insider’s guide to all the best food and drink that Portland has to offer!

Portland has one of the most exciting food scenes in the country right now, and my trusty fork and I think we’re pretty lucky to be in the middle of it all.


I started Under the Table because consuming splendid food and drink is my greatest passion, and I know that it takes a lot of time, energy, and a long-suffering stomach to keep up on the latest restaurant openings, best bites, finest pours, food news, and must-attend edible events. It wouldn’t be right to keep all this information to myself—so my mission is to bring the best of Portland’s food scene straight to your computer screen.

Thanks for reading Under the Table, and I hope you join me in leaving no Portland plate, bowl, or champagne flute unlicked or unemptied.

Yours Truly, Jen

About Me

​I’m a James Beard Award-winning food and travel writer for various media outlets including The Oregonian, Eater, and Zagat. I eat and tell on Under The Table With Jen, and author Portland’s 100 Best Places To Stuff Your Faces, a lovingly-curated insider’s guidebook to the most delicious, delightful & unique dining experiences in Portland. In my spare time, I eat way too much chocolate, hang out at farmers markets, and run the Portland Picnic Society. I’m also co-author of the IACP Award-winning cookbook The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration From Basket to Blanket (Artisan 2015).

Under the Table exists thanks to my intrepid cohorts in conquering the world of food–my family (especially my brother Michael, who once went to eight donut shops in two hours, suffering quite the bellyache in the line of duty), my dear friends Mette and Darin, who know all about design and the internets and all those mysterious technical non-food related things, and their plum-loving hound Lucy, who might love ice cream more than me. I said might.

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