What can you expect in a presentation from the daring, celebrated chef Leather Storrs, co-owner of Noble Rot restaurant and its 3,000 square foot roof garden, whose motto for menu planning is “Let the roof decide”? Expect to learn inspiring and challenging ways to use your hard-earned harvest.
Alongside Leather will be Marc Boucher-Colbert, who installed and farms the roof-top garden at Noble Rot. Marc will share his garden guru wisdom and insight, while serving as interpreter if any really tough garden questions arise!
Leather Storrs is the Chef and co-owner of Noble Rot and nobleoni restaurants. He is a graduate of both the University of Colorado and the Culinary Institute of America. Formative culinary work includes time spent at Chez Panisse, the Culinary Institute’s Greystone Restaurant and the French Laundry, all in California. An Oregon native, Leather grew up gardening grudgingly, but an interest in food and his experience at Chez Panisse (head lettuce washer!) gave Storrs a deep appreciation for the influence that top quality raw materials have on a finished dish. The rooftop at Noble Rot epitomizes this connection. Storrs tends the garden and stewards the kitchen at Noble Rot.
Marc Boucher-Colbert is currently Garden Specialist at Franciscan Montessori Earth School in Portland, OR. He also runs Urban Agriculture Solutions, LLC, which provides creative garden solutions for city gardeners. His most notable ongoing project is the edible rooftop garden at the Noble Rot restaurant. For years he operated Urban Bounty Farm, a community-supported farm in Portland and helped start Portland’s Zenger Farm in its current incarnation as an urban agricultural park and education center. He lives in NE Portland with his wife and two children.
Come and be inspired by these two forward thinkers.