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Providore Fine Foods

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Providore Fine Foods

Providore Fine Foods is a marketplace in Portland with Oregon roots and European flair. Providore is made up of six locally-owned businesses: Pastaworks, Arrosto (their Meditterranean Rotisserie Chicken window), Rubinette Produce MarketTwo X Sea, Revel Meat Co, Little T Baker and Hilary Horvath Flowers. The marketplace, co-owned by Kevin de Garmo, his wife Kaie Wellman, and Bruce Silverman opened in February 2016 though the history of the business in Portland goes further back. Kevin’s parents Pat and Peter founded Pastaworks in 1983 with the original location on Hawthorne Boulevard in Southeast Portland. Less than ten years later, the family opened City Market Northwest at the corner of NW Johnson and 21st Avenue. Much like Providore’s current set up, City Market hosted several vendors, including Pastaworks. The locations built a reputation among the great European-style markets in the United States. Kaie and Kevin closed Pastaworks five years ago and City Market in 2019, and they consolidated their operations to Providore. 

Providore is like a playground for culinary enthusiasts! Every aisle boasts eclectic food and beverages that enrich and inspire. The spring harvest season and holiday season are two of our favorite times to shop at the market, though they have something for everyone year round. Prior to the pandemic, indoor and outdoor dining areas allowed for patrons to enjoy their purchases on site along with wines by the glass from their wine cellar. Providore has adapted to the pandemic by moving their thousands of items online for easy ordering, and has added curbside pick up and delivery options. Shoppers may still visit in-person, and are encouraged to have their list prepared ahead of time to limit the amount of time inside browsing. 

Junior's joined their grocery shelves three years ago this month, and have been delivering coffee to them weekly ever since. We love chatting with their amazing staff, shopping for wine, produce, fresh pasta, and we love their amazing selection of cookbooks. It delights us to think about Junior’s being included in a meal made with love by the patrons and staff of Providore.  


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