Allen Routt is the chef and owner of The Painted Lady in Newberg, one of three Forbes Travel Guide four-star restaurants in Oregon. We met up with him to talk about food, wine and what’s trending.
How would you describe your restaurant’s style?
Chef Routt: I’m originally from the South, and mostly trained in the European style. I like to use as many great Northwestern products as possible, so we spend a lot of time on food and wine pairings.
How is it different to operate a restaurant in the Yamhill Valley rather than a wine region like Napa?
Chef Routt: I ran a restaurant in Napa. I wanted a place where farmers and suppliers came right to the back door, and there’s so much more of that here. Pinot noir is a fantastic food wine, and the spectrum of it is just huge. So much depends on the vision of the winemaker.
How have things changed in your eleven years here?
Chef Routt: There’s been a huge change with The Allison (Inn & Spa), and so many B&Bs opening in Newberg, and more wineries. A lot of our clientele is from New York, Seattle, along with many from Texas and the international community. A lot of our business is driven by the interest in the Oregon wine industry.