Sweet & spunky, Brenda adds a 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.
Brenda attributes her joyous approach to life to frequent consumption of chocolate, accompanied by bubbly wine. We agree!
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.
I love cooking with wine – sometimes I even put it in the food – Julia Child
In the kitchen since she could hold a spoon, long-time foodie & Hipcooks San Diego Manager Jen finds relaxation at the stove. She rarely makes the same meal twice, doesn’t measure much, and cooks from the heart. She says there's no shame in eating an entire loaf of French bread with a wheel of brie in one sitting.
"Everyone can enjoy home-cooked meals at a fraction of the cost of going out. It's a great way to share a part of yourself, & it doesn't have to be fancy or expensive."
Joe grew up in a bustling Italian kitchen, a home-cooked meal always on the table. Joe has adapted this tradition to his own busy life, where he makes it a priority to provide fresh meals to his family each day. How does he do it? By being passionate about shopping smart, making-ahead & re-purposing leftovers.
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 LA Manager & Hipcooks Regional Manager Kyrsten has been with us (her home away from home!) since 2008, though we'd argue she's a born Hipcook. Her easy-breezey, welcoming style comes from her roots, where she was raised amid the gastronomic delights of the Big Apple & the Big Easy. Whether she's spending two days crafting a feast for a special soiree, fridge-diving to whip up a delectable dinner in 15 minutes, or teaching a cooking class, she indulges her inner Hipcook with a smile & a garnish.
Hipcooks Portland Manager Tina believes she was born to cook for people. She enjoys talking to her ingredients, 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 buttered & 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