Taste Portland Tours was founded in 2016 with the goal of providing insider-access to Portland’s world renowned food scene. Our mission is to provide our guests with the funnest tours and the best food Portland Oregon has to offer.
Meet Your Guides
Erik Kennon’s life revolves around food. He has a cooking and travel show on YouTube and has appeared on TV shows about food around the world. Erik has spent the last few years getting to know the owners of Portland’s best food carts and restaurants, and in the process has uncovered some of the most delicious meals EVER. In fact, Mr. Kennon used to give culinary tours of Southern Spain and Portugal, one tapa at a time. These days he spends his time exploring Portland’s thriving food scene. His daily Free Walking Tour, Secrets of Portlandia, has over 500 5-star reviews on Trip Advisor!
Karen’s love affair with food began during her childhood in New Orleans- she grew up in a neighborhood that was a melting pot of flavors and culinary inspirations. Her father, Bill, often packed whole boiled crab or chicken giblets (that’s the hearts, livers, and gizzards) in her lunch box to take to elementary school. She and her brother grew up buying oysters in their shells straight off the boats to steam, fry, or eat raw on the half shell. Southern fried chicken was a Sunday family tradition! When her family made the move to Texas, she happily learned all about BBQ brisket and ribs, both at home or served from some of the original food carts or out of the back of Mom and Pop grocery stores.
Karen fell in love with Portland, Oregon, while on vacation and moved here back in 1989. She started out by savoring and cooking with fresh ingredients from the farmer’s markets. While Portland’s food scene evolved from ordinary to extraordinary, Karen’s passion grew to encompass the myriad of food carts, restaurants, and bakeries that now call Portland home. Working and eating in downtown Portland for almost twenty years, Karen is especially familiar with the myriad of eating establishments in the heart of the city, which is where our tours begin. She drew on her years of experience to select the best of the best for your tour.