Olympia Provisions

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Olympia Provisions
Formerly
Olympic Provisions
Industry Charcuterie, restaurant
Founded December 1, 2009 (2009-12-01) in Portland, United States
Headquarters 123 Southeast 2nd Ave, Portland, Oregon, United States
Number of locations
5 restaurants, 1 production plant
Area served
United States
Products Charcuterie, salami, sausages, cured meats, ham, bacon
Owners Elias Cairo, Nate Tilden, Tyler Gaston, Michelle Cairo, Martin Schwartz
Website www.olympiaprovisions.com

Olympia Provisions (formerly Olympic Provisions) is an American meat and restaurant company based out of Portland, Oregon.[1] It produces artisan charcuterie and has two restaurants.

History[edit]

Founded in 2009 as Olympic Provisions, the company began as Oregon's first USDA salumeria in a 900 square foot production facility attached to a European-inspired restaurant in the Olympic Cereal Mill building.[2] The company began by selling their salami exclusively at farmers' markets and in their restaurant.[3] After receiving nationwide recognition they had to expand their production facility to meet their demand. In April 2011, Olympia Provisions opened a second restaurant alongside a 4,000 square foot production facility. Two years later, Olympia Provisions had outgrown its production facility once again, and in February 2014 production moved 34,000 square foot production center two blocks from the Southeast restaurant.[4] Currently, Olympia Provisions participates in seventeen farmers' markets throughout the Pacific Northwest. The company's products are sold in Whole Foods stores throughout the Northwest region, as well as specialty stores throughout the United States. Additionally, their "Salami of the Month Club" reaches all fifty states.

Name change[edit]

In September 2014, the company received a cease and desist notice from the International Olympic Committee, which holds the trademark for the word "olympic" in order to "protect Olympic corporate sponsors against dilution of the value".[5] Originally named after the Olympic Cereal Mill building which housed its first restaurant and production facility, the company agreed to a deal which allowed them to phase out and rebrand to Olympia Provisions throughout 2015.[6]

Restaurants[edit]

The owners underneath the iconic "Meat" sign at Olympic Provisions SE.

The company currently owns two European-style restaurants in Portland which share the company name. They are known as Olympia Provisions Southeast and Olympia Provisions Northwest.[7] The first restaurant, which opened in 2006, is located at 107 SE Washington St in Southeast Portland. Their second restaurant opened in April 2011 at 1632 NW Thurman St in Northwest Portland.

OP Wurst[edit]

In early 2016, Olympia Provisions opened a small bar-restaurant called OP Wurst, located in the Pine Street Market.[8] This restaurant focuses on frankfurters, sausages, and beer. Later that year, they opened another OP Wurst in Oregon City at Oregon City Brewing. In March 2017, a third location, and the first OP Wurst located in a stand-alone building, opened in Southeast Portland.[9]

Cookbook[edit]

Olympia Provisions released its first cookbook on October 27, 2015. The book was written by owner Elias Cairo and Meredith Erickson.[10] The book follows Cairo through Switzerland, where he completed his apprenticeship, and includes recipes from the restaurants, the meat plant and his time in Switzerland.[11] It is split into two parts, with one part focusing on meats and another part focusing on recipes from the Olympia Provisions restaurants. [12]

Awards[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stevenson, Jen. "PORTLAND CHEFS ON A FLY FISHING WEEKEND: RECIPES FOR FOOD, DRINK, AND CHEER". Oregon Live. The Oregonian. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Zimmer, Erin. "A Look at Olympic Provisions, Oregon's First USDA-Approved Salumeria". Serious Eats. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Olympic Provisions -Washington St". Willamette Week. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  4. ^ DeJesus, Erin. "Olympic Provisions Expands to 33k-Square-Foot Facility". Eater. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  5. ^ DeJesus, Erin. "Olympic Provisions Changes Name After Olympic Games Cease-and-Desist". Eater. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Bakall, Samantha. "Olympic Provisions to change name after cease-and-desist notice from Olympic Committee". Oregon Live. The Oregonian. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Olympic Provisions". Saveur. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  8. ^ McKay, Gretchen. "Portland is a pleasure". Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Walsh, Chad. "Take a Look Inside OP Wurst's New Division Street Digs". Eater. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Cole, Katherine. "The night Olympic Provisions threw a European wine party". Oregon Live. The Oregonian. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Peterson, Lucas. "Here Is the Cover for the Olympia Provisions Cookbook". Eater. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Erin, DeJesus. "Inside 'Olympia Provisions,' a Meat Curriculum From Portland's Hottest Charcutiers". Eater. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "Award Winners". Good Food Awards. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  14. ^ Willett, Megan. "All 72 Of Oprah's 'Favorite Things' Will Cost You $13,407". Business Insider. Business Insider Inc. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  15. ^ Brion, Raphael. "Portlandia: The Dream of the 1890's Is Alive in Portland". Eater. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern: Portland Travel Guide". Travel Channel. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 

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