Sweet & spunky, Brenda puts a generous sprinkle of positivity into whatever she does. She appreciates the simple things — the smell of morning coffee wafting through an open door & her cute dog Snoopy. When not at Hipcooks, she donates her copious energy mentoring young mothers at a local non-profit. "I've had the great privilege to have had a career at one time, paused to raise my kids & now investing in myself & others."
Brenda attributes her joyous approach to life to the frequent consumption of chocolate, occasionally accompanied by a bubbly wine. We agree!
Brooke has worked in travel, beauty, and wellness— she loves to take aspects from all three industries and sprinkle them into her cooking and teaching. Her food is as vibrant and healthy as she is! She thoughtfully combines ingredients with an eye to nutrition, vitality, and nourishment.
Textile designer Jackie approaches cooking like weaving a tapestry - adding a splash of color, a different texture, a fun flavor. She's traveled the world extensively from South America to Hong Kong. She loves to interlace new & exotic ingredients to her cooking.
Chimichurri is a staple in her fridge, & you'll find her experimenting with new grains wtih her beloved pressure cooker.
Kat is all about connection. Her passion is for local farms and farmers. Through farmer's markets, vendors, fantastic recipes ... she wants to connect farm produce directly to your table! Come to a class and meet Kat...you'll soon be jazzed about gardening, farming, farm-to-table, and the bounty of all seasons. When not at Hipcooks, you'll find Kat at (our beloved) Persephone Farms, or selling produce at one of Portland's glorious Farmer's Markets.
Hipcooks Portland Manager Tina believes she was born to cook for people. She enjoys talking to her ingredients, just like the way people talk to their plants.
The first thing Tina remembers making was a PB&J sandwich at age 7. It wasn't up to snuff, so she put butter on both sides & grilled it. Better.
As an adult, Tina obsesses over soupy noodles, Thai chilies & anything salty. Her goal is to make the ultimate Bun Bo Hue (a traditional Hue Vietnamese spicy noodle dish) & serve it to her parents.