Matthew Accarino, Renee Erickson, & Jason French in Portland Saturday July 19th

With six days pending until our collaborative dinner with chefs Matthew Accarrino of San Francisco, Renee Erickson of Seattle, and Jason French of Portland – we wanted to take a moment to highlight these talented individuals that will grace our humble kitchen this Saturday evening. When we came together to plan this dinner in the early spring, the vision was rooted in collaboration: three chefs, three unique styles, and a through line of Oregon bounty, rustic elegance, and, of course, salt and its myriad applications.

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Matthew Accarrino was recently named a Food & Wine Best New Chef of 2014. His San Francisco restaurant SPQR, located in the Fillmore neighborhood, is the proud recipient of a Michelin star for both 2013 and 2014. After graduating from culinary school, Accarrino traveled to Labico, Italy to work at the Michelin-starred Antonello Colonna. He then went on to work alongside Todd English, Rick Moonen, Tom Colicchio, and Thomas Keller before becoming executive chef at SPQR. Matthew’s style is a blend of playful modernism and traditional technique, his menu ranging from sea urchin panna cotta with ice plant he’s foraged himself, to a perfected squid ink spaghetti.

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Chef Renee Erickson received a James Beard nomination this last spring, and has been hailed as one of Food & Wine’s superstar chefs. After earning a degree in printmaking and painting at the University of Washington, Erickson went on to become one of the most prolific restauranteurs in Seattle. Her flagship restaurant Boat Street Cafe still draws a line for brunch, and preceded the opening of world renowned oyster bar The Walrus and The Carpenter, along with The Whale Wins in Wallingford, and Barnacle Bar. Spend one evening at the Walrus Bar (where she stores chef bags of Jacobsen Salt inside the booths) and Erickson’s style will unveil itself as refined, rustic, and the epitome of cool- replete with hama hama oysters, an unmatched modern nautical feel, and the best restaurant playlist you’ve heard. Her aesthetic transfers to the plate everywhere she goes.

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It has been said that if Portland were to elect a culinary ambassador, it would be chef Jason French, and we are still proud to say he was the first chef in Portland to use Jacobsen salt. French opened NE Portland’s iconic Ned Ludd, transforming a former pizza joint into an American craft kitchen that draws visitors from around the world. Equipped with merely a wood-fired oven, a two-burner hot plate, a steam table and a little hot box alto-shaam- French pays homage to the Luddite philisophy: the rejection of labor-saving mechanization of what was once celebrated as craft. Filled with stacks of wood, copper kettles, and arguably the most meticulously sourced ingredients in Portland, the restaurant embodies French’s innate style, and position as a leader in the modern culinary movement.

Our vision for Saturday evening is the coming together of three iconic West Coast chefs: both friends and contemporaries. It is because of their commitment to sourcing hand-harvested, local ingredients that small businesses like Jacobsen Salt Co. exist. We cannot wait to share their spectacular talent at our table, and hope to see you there.

Saturday July 19th

602 SE Salmon Portland, OR

Tickets available here. 125 per person.

Pairings by Division Winemaking Co., Union Wine Co., Breakside Brewing, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

Happy Fourth of July

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Freedom lies in being bold.

-Robert Frost

 

From family farms, to sweeping vineyards, to amber waves of grain – our country is a source of bounty – reflected every day in our homes and on our tables. We believe it’s time this great country, nearly surrounded by water, had a salt to call its own as well. Nearly three years ago, we set out to make this dream a reality.

We are proud to be contemporaries with small businesses of today from coast to coast- continually raising the bar. From our friends at Island Creek Oysters, harvesting from a muddy, windswept flat in Druxbury, MA where it was said oysters could never thrive, to our partners at Fat Toad Farm in Brookfield, VT with a small but mighty herd of goats making one incredible caramel – our partnerships tell not only a local story but an American one. Friends in our own back yard continue to inspire as well, sourcing ingredients every week from the Portland Farmers Markets to make hot sauce and candy, and collecting the world’s best honey from urban neighborhoods and business rooftops.

What we all share is a commitment to hold true to craft, tradition, and elemental pleasure in a time of speed and mass-production. Some of us are committed to moving closer to the source- rather than farther from it. Some of us recreate the source and forge a new path. We share common struggles, and celebrate like victories. We are all connected in pursuit of the American dream.

Through the trials and tribulations- Jacobsen Salt Co. is still on the path to making an American salt- the greatest in the world. Something so elemental has been missing from the table for too long. In the words of Robert Frost, we will continue to be bold.

-by Sana Goldberg

Jacobsen Salt Co. to Host National Chef Talent in Portland

On July 19, 2014, we will open the doors to our new headquarters in Portland, Oregon to host some of the greatest talent in the national food community. The July 2014 dinner, in collaboration with Williams Sonoma Open Kitchen, will feature award- winning chefs from San Francisco to Seattle who use Jacobsen Salt each day to flavor and inspire dishes in their award winning restaurants.

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The evening will feature Matthew Accarrino, one of this year’s Food & Wine Best New Chefs from SPQR, a two time Michelin star restaurant in San Francisco, James Beard Finalist Renee Erickson of the The Walrus and the Carpenter, Whale Wins, Barnacle, and the lauded Boat Street Café in Seattle, and James Beard Scholar Jason French of Ned Ludd in Portland. These three chefs are bringing together their many talents to create an unforgettable evening of ingredient driven cuisine.

“When I first tried Jacobsen Salt in Oregon, I knew I wanted to bring it into my restaurant. I began using it at home, and in the SPQR kitchen to cook with and finish dishes. It is unique and I look forward to highlighting this elemental ingredient in Portland, so close to its source.”

-Matthew Accarrino

“As a chef, I have been inspired by the French tradition of fleur de sel, my first introduction to a quality salt. When I discovered Jacobsen Salt, it was not only local to the Northwest, but superior to anything I had used. It quickly became the salt noted on menus in our restaurants, and even offered for guests to purchase and take home. It is a stand out ingredient that truly elevates each dish.”

-Renee Erickson

“I moved to Oregon because of the small producers, like Ben, who are committed to creating the best products that showcase the beauty and bounty of the land. Since I opened Ned Ludd, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Matthew and Renee at food events and dine in their restaurants. I really love what they do and couldn’t be happier to collaborate on this dinner. We will celebrate Oregon and the artisanal products of Jacobsen Salt Co. We very much look forward to helping Ben celebrate his new space and offer the diners a memorable experience of craft, community and collaboration!”

 -Jason French

These three chefs have strikingly different styles but all take a simple, straightforward, and elegant approach to cooking. On July 19th they will combine their many years of experience ‑along with their voracious love of cookbooks, gardening, the sea, and wine- to create a memory making event. Coupled with the bounty of all Oregon has to offer in the summer, and the rustic beauty of our new industrial Space, it promises to be an opulent, unforgettable evening.

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Pairings will include wine from Division Winemaking Company and Union Wine Co. and beer from Breakside Brewery to compliment dishes created by each of the chefs. Stumptown Coffee Roasters will round out the evening with a Chemex service.  Guests will also have an exclusive, private viewing of the new Jacobsen Salt Co. building and tasting room. Flowers by Fieldwork Flowers.

Dinner tickets for the 5-course meal, inclusive of pairings, are $125.  Tickets on sale here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/jacobsen-salt-co-dinner-presented-by-williams-sonoma-tickets-11971341605

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Date: Saturday July 19th, 2014

Place: 602 SE Salmon Portland, OR, 97214

Time: 6:30pm until dusk

With questions, please contact event planner Jane at 503.804.8577.

We look forward to celebrating this incredible evening with you!

-The Jacobsen Team

 

Jacobsen Salt Co. Has a New Portland Space

They say every great business started off in a garage, and that certainly seems to be the case in Portland. Jacobsen Salt Co. began as what you’d call a nomadic company- its home shifting from several spots along the Oregon coastline, to a rented commissary kitchen space in downtown Portland, to the faithful Subaru and several U-haul trucks that carried the sea water in between. Eventually we settled into the old Pearl Point Oyster Farm on Netarts Bay in December of 2012 to collect water and harvest salt at the source- eliminating a huge exercise in logistics for Ben and his then two employees.

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Over the next year we had enough chef and retail accounts, along with enough salt, to merit a warehouse space in the city. We moved from a small corner of a flower shop shed to our Sales & Marketing Director’s garage in Southeast Portland. This February, about one year since we first began housing sea salt in town, we decided it was time to graduate to a new space. Our team had grown, and tired of sitting in the back of restaurants and coffee shops until they closed- we needed a place to work together. Meanwhile we  had been looking for a small brick and mortar retail space, along with industrial square footage to take on a new project for the Fall of 2014. It was a tall order- to find something that could serve as a retail space, an office, a warehouse, and in our dream world have room to throw dinner parties and share creative space with fellow artisans. We needed something that would grow with us.

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We looked at spaces all over Portland. From an old chocolate factory near Forest Park to a former ice factory in Southeast- we saw some incredible buildings along the way (enough rafters, exposed brick, and arched doorways to fill a pinterest board!). When we arrived at the old Procter & Gamble building on 6th and Salmon, everything came together and we knew we had to make it work. With Salt & Straw’s Central Kitchen and Stumptown Coffee Roasters headquarters blocks away, and Renata and Ancient Heritage‘s urban creamery soon to open next door, we liked the feel of the neighborhood now dubbed “Portland’s Artisan Corridor.” And knew we’d have all the cold brew and snacks we’d need to power through the long days and nights ahead. So, we made the plunge and signed a lease on the space across the street from Rejuvenation at 602 SE Salmon.

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In February we moved in, and the winter months were spent in the upstairs loft huddled around the only working heater with the resident office dogs, Lykke & Bourbon, and drafts of architect plans from a friend. In the months that followed, drywall went up, H-vac was installed, lights were hung and floors were polished. Our finance director took breaks from Quickbooks to build shelves, and Ben and friends salvaged the 20-foot-long oyster trailer getting rusty out at the Netarts Facility to use as a communal table. Watching it all come together is something none of us will ever forget.

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The soft opening of our new home is set for July 1st. The retail space and tasting room will hold hours from 11am-5pm Monday-Friday, and is open to the public to come and browse our full selection of culinary salts, apothecary items, salt-inspired artisan goods and, of course, all the salty black licorice you can eat. We are eager to host tastings, cooking demos, salt-making classes, and celebratory dinners here in the months to come. There will be an opportunity to dine in the new space with chefs from around the Pacific NW on Saturday July 19th. Stay tuned for more information here and on our facebook page.

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If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by and say hello. We are happy to finally host you!

 

 

Jacobsen Salt Co.

602 SE Salmon

Portland, OR

97214

 

-by Sana Goldberg

Top Ten Ways to Use Jacobsen Salt

 

Here is your go-to list for putting Jacobsen finishing salt to work in your kitchen. Whether you are looking to spruce up favorite snacks, enhance baking, wow guests, or recreate  favorite restaurant dishes, we hope this list inspires. At the end of the day, it really is as simple as adding a dash of salt!

 

Eggs

 Proprietor Ben Jacobsen’s favorite way to use salt? Sprinkled on eggs and toast with his morning coffee. If you like them scrambled, add in a pinch while you’re whisking. Sunny-side up? Sprinkle some salt over the yolk while it sizzles in a butter bath. Another favorite: Hard-boiled eggs with just-set orange yolks, cut in half with a few big flakes. There’s nothing better.

Avocado

Our salt is used by some of the country’s finest chefs, and lends seasoning to some pretty complicated dishes—but sometimes, simplicity is best. Slice a ripe avocado in half, remove the pit, and sprinkle with salt. Add a spoon. Eat. Repeat with the other half and give thanks for minimalist indulgences.

Chicken

 Dry brining birds is the way to go these days, and we’ve got a sure-fire blend that will be the highlight of Sunday supper. Combine two tablespoons smoked ghost chili salt , two tablespoons fresh orange zest, and a tablespoon of smoked paprika.  Rub a 3-5 pound chicken with the mixture, then set, uncovered on a plate in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight. Roast the chicken according to your favorite recipe, and you’ll be rewarded for your patience: a moist, smoky, citrus-spiked bird you won’t soon forget.

Bread & Butter

 Our go-to sample at farmers markets is this simple trio. Instead of using standard salted butter, opt for unsalted sweet cream butter slathered over sliced French baguette with flake salt sprinkled over each piece. This humble pairing will wow you with its delicious simplicity. For a dramatic flare, add pinot noir salt. To take it to the next level, drizzle a good dose of honey over the top before adding the salt, or add to peanut buttered banana bread, pictured below.

 

Photo by Stuart Mullenberg.

Popcorn

 Making your own gourmet popcorn is easier than you’d think! Add 1/4 cup unpopped kernels to a lunch-sized brown paper bag. Fold the top over a few times, and microwave on high for two minutes, or until the popping noises slow. Add some melted butter and a few pinches of Italian white truffle salt, and give the bag a solid shake. A decadent snack for holiday parties, or to enjoy curled on the sofa while you watch your favorite film.

Ice Cream

 Take a cure from Portland, Oregon’s landmark scoop shop Salt & Straw—many of their creative flavors use our hand-harvested sea salt, and Jacobsen salt is available on the parlor’s list of toppings (alongside the hot fudge, sprinkles, and cookie crumbs!). Make your own Salt & Straw-style sundae with warm brownies, caramel ice cream, hot fudge, roasted Spanish peanuts and plenty of sea salt.

Steak

 Salt and Meat go hand-in-hand. For a no-fail steak every time, we follow the wisdom of Lynne Curry’s Pure Beef cookbook. Place two tablespoons of sea salt into a dry cast iron pan, and heat the salt over medium-high heat for about three minutes. Lay steaks on the salt without moving for 4 minutes, then use tongs to flip the steak and cook for another 4 minutes for medium rare. Remove steaks from the pan and let rest ten minutes, then brush off excess salt flakes and cut into ½ inch slices against the grain. Finish any sliced roast—from tenderloin to Bavette—with a good sprinkling of flake salt.

 

Photo by Stuart Mullenberg.

Winter Squash

 Salt brings out the sweetness in winter squash like butternut, acorn, and delicata. Roast whole with butter, brown sugar, and sea salt. You can also cut the squash in half and remove the seeds—no need to remove the skin—and slice into thin half moons. Toss with a few tablespoons of olive oil and a few pinches of Stumptown coffee infused salt, cinnamon, and chili powder. Spread on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast at 425 degrees until slightly browned, 30-45 minutes. Your house will thank you for the aroma!

Fish

Raw or cooked, fish and sea salt are a natural pairing, echoing the fresh flavors of the ocean. We love cooking fish en papillote, in a pocket of parchment paper. Start with 4-ounce fillets of fish (salmon, halibut, or sole are great potions) and place each piece on its own large square of parchment paper. Top each fillet with a sprinkle of lemon zest infused salt, two lemon slices, a few sprigs of thyme, a bit of butter, and a tablespoon of dry white wine. Fold the paper around the fish and crimp edges well to create an airtight package. Roast the packets on a baking sheet at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes, and serve each paper-wrapped fish like a gift.

Cookies, brownies, and bars

 Americans are starting to see the light—sweet things just taste better with a bit of salt. Your heirloom recipe for chocolate chip cookies can get an upgrade with Stumptown-infused sea salt sprinkled on top, fudgy brownies are fit for gifts with a dose of vanilla salt, and lemon bars? No contest—keep it simple with lemon zest salt and you’re ready for dessert. Bake with sea salt in your recipes, too! Our rule of thumb: whatever quantity of salt the ingredient list calls for, double it. Your taste buds will thank you.

Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s Shares Rustic Fall Recipes

Ava Gene’s in Portland Oregon, recently named one of America’s top ten new restaurants by Bon Appetit Magazine and Portland’s Restaurant of the Year by Portland Monthly Magazine, has quickly become one of our favorite places to spend time. The menu boasts humble pasta dishes, perfectly seasoned meats, and an assortment of colorful vegetable dishes that capture the best of each season. After attending Portland’s Cordon Bleu 10 years ago, Ava Gene’s chef Joshua McFadden has returned to the birthplace of his culinary craft. He has spent time cooking in some of the top kitchens in San Francisco (Lark Creek Inn, Roxanne’s), Chicago (North Pond), and New York (Franny’s, Momofuku, Blue Hill and Lupa). He also spent time in Rome working at the American Academy, an Alice Waters project. Wanting to get closer to his artistic medium, Joshua spent two years working in coastal Maine, running Four Season Farm which allowed him to think about food and nutrition in a whole new way. It was there that Joshua conducted weekly Maine Farm Dinners inside the candle-lit produce stand. Guests were welcomed at sunset with cocktails inside a greenhouse, conversing amongst the cucumbers and tomatoes, mingling with each other and the makings of their dinner. His belief is that food should be simple, honest, and of the ingredients. Joshua has used Jacobsen Salt to season dishes at Ava Gene’s since it’s opening in 2012.

We are most inspired by the simplicity of Ava Gene’s fare, so we caught up with Joshua and asked him to share a few recipes. Don’t be fooled by their minimal prep time and sparse ingredient list. In true Italian fashion apply equal parts time, love and seasonality to yield incredible flavor.

Apples, Almonds, Chilies, Parsley, Scallions, Lime

Apples can stand alone just like tomatoes. There are so many amazing varieties with different flavors and textures. This salad calls for a variety of good eating apples. Joshua often does a variety of different preparations throughout the fall. He loves lime with fresh chiles in an apple salad, and added provolone for depth.

Ingredients: heirloom apples, toasted almonds, fresh chiles, garlic, parsley leaves, scallions, lime, xvoo, Jacobsen flake finishing salt

Slice apples, add the flake salt, chiles, black pepper and fresh squeezed lime juice. Add scallions and toasted almonds, bread crumbs, parsley and XVOO. All amounts are to taste. Adjust if needed. The salad should have a good bit of seasoning with heavy hits of lime and chile. Plate, grate a little provolone on top and serve.

 

Shelling Beans, Savory, Garlic, Lemon

stewed & smashed shelling beans, savory, garlic, xvoo, lemon, garlic rubbed toast

This is a wonderful recipe to use when fresh shelling beans come to market. You can use several different kinds of fresh beans or a mix of several varieties. You will also want to find some good bread to toast up. Joshua prefers crusty rustic whole grain breads.

 

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked beans in their cooking liquid, 1 T fresh savory, 4 cloves garlic, 3 T XVOO, 1 lemon for juicing, Jacobsen Flake salt or Lemon Zest salt

Chop savory, slice garlic and cover with XVOO and heat this in a pan to cook the garlic so it is just barely soft and lost the “heat” of being raw. Reheat beans slowly, toast bread in a 400 oven on both sides. Do not let the bread get too dry or cracker like. Using a slotted spoon, take 1 cup of the beans out and put them in a bowl and smash them up adding a little lemon, XVOO, salt and pepper. Finish with flake salt to taste.

 

Photos courtesy of Jeff Shaw, Northwest Larder

Fall Dinner Series

On September 7th, 2013 we will open the doors of our new facility – a renovated oyster farm in Netarts Bay, Oregon, to host some of the greatest talent in the national food community. Each chef dinner will consist of four courses with wine or cocktail pairings and desserts.

The series will feature chefs who use our salt each day to flavor and inspire dishes in their award winning restaurants. Highlights of the series include an unforgettable night with celebrity chef Chris Cosentino of San Francisco’s lauded Incanto, and an ode to Division street’s rising culinary scene with dinner by chef Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s, wines by Scott and Dana Frank of Bow & Arrow, and dessert by Tyler Malek of Salt & Straw Ice Cream.

“We look forward to showcasing the great talent of chefs in our community, and bringing friends and family together to celebrate amidst the backdrop of the beautiful Oregon coast”- Ben Jacobsen, founder and proprietor

Appetizers and wine will be served as we lead a tour of the facility grounds and garden and showcase the salt harvesting process. Guests will have the opportunity to see first hand how salt crystals are formed and harvested from ocean water at the source . Fall will bring dinners by Naomi Pomeroy of Beast and John Gorham of Toro Bravo and Tasty n Sons, and the series will continue into the new year.

Dinners range from $130 to $175 per person with optional round-trip transportation from Portland for an additional fee. More information and registration for the chef series can be found here.

 

Saturday, September 7 2013 

Chef Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s

Wine pairings by Scott and Dana Frank of Bow & Arrow, Dessert by Tyler Malek of Salt & Straw Ice Cream

$130 per person for dinner/$175 per person dinner + shuttle transportation to and from Portland

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Chef Chris Cosentino of Incanto

Wine pairings by Soter Vineyards

$175 per person dinner, additional fee for shuttle service to and from Portland

 

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Chef John Gorham of Toro Bravo and Tasty n Sons

Wine pairings by Tom and Kate Monroe of Division Winemaking Co., Dessert by Kir Jensen of Sugarcube

$130 per person for dinner/$175 per person dinner + shuttle transportation to and from Portland

 

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Chef Naomi Pomeroy of Beast and Expatriate

Cocktail pairings by Kyle Webster and after dinner drinking chocolate by Cacao

$130 per person for dinner/$175 per person dinner + shuttle transportation to and from Portland

 

Please come join us for these incredible evenings. We would love to see you there!

 

For inquiries about reservations, please contact:

Sana Goldberg at 402.290.2538

 

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