Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



Julia Child would approve.

Founders of the James Beard Public Market announced Thursday that they will be partnering with Bon Appétit Management Company to develop their teaching and demonstration kitchen.

The nonprofit market — set to break ground at the west end of the Morrison Bridge in 2016 — is planned as a year-round, indoor-outdoor market with up to 120 vendors selling fresh local foods and products, restaurants, event space and a teaching kitchen.

The public-private Market project is more than a decade in the works.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Bon Appétit has a regional office in Portland, and already operates cafés for local businesses and institutions including Genentech, OMSI, the University of Portland and Reed College.

At the Public Market, Bon Appétit will lead the design and management of the new space, which will host special events featuring chefs and culinary experts.

They'll also work on community education, targeting low-income families with chefs' culinary demonstrations to address public health issues such as diabetes and childhood obesity.

Bon Appétit will explore creating an edible garden on the rooftop of the market, similar to the one unveiled in June behind center field at the San Francisco Giants' home field, AT&T Park.

“At Bon Appétit, we are tightly connected to our local communities, whether forging strong relationships with the small farmers who supply us or partnering with food banks for food-recovery programs,” Fedele Bauccio, Bon Appétit cofounder and chief executive officer said in a statement. “We believe that knowledge of cooking fresh, healthy foods is being lost, and that we have a responsibility to share our skills with those who need it. I am proud to collaborate with the James Beard Public Market to promote the importance of healthy, local, real food.”

Public Market Executive Director Ron Paul says the new partnership is a perfect match: “Bon Appétit’s goal of ‘food service for a sustainable future’ aligns perfectly with the Market's long-stated goals of working with diverse communities in promoting public health.”

Whether it's coincidence or not, even their websites match.

An image of large, juicy blackberries is featured on both the Public Market and Bon Appétit's homepages.

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