What is it?

“Take this mix of old-style Southern goodness and modern restaurant professionalism, throw in some Portland foodie sensibility, and you have Pine State Biscuits. Using only the freshest local ingredients, often straight from the farm, they built a following at the Portland Farmers Market with their golden Creamtop Buttermilk Biscuits served with sausage or mushroom gravy,…

What’s on the menu, and why?

Biscuits are the foundation upon which Pine State has built their entire menu. The question to be asked is why are, and why were, biscuits such a common food in the South? ¬†According to Joe Gray Taylor, two significant changes in the late 19th century made their mark in the evolution of southern foodways. The…

Regional Cultures of the South and Northwest

The culture that surrounds southern food is totally different than the culture that surrounds food in the Northwest. Brian elaborates upon the richness of food in the South, and the deep-rooted traditions that only enhance the special aura of southern food. After comparing the cultures of these two regions, I concluded¬†that the regional culture of…

Pine State and Race

Pine State is inspired from a mixture of the “white” south and the “black” south. Although slavery was illegal when Brian was growing up, it was still very common to have an african american housekeeper. Brian’s family had a housekeeper and her name was Naomi. Brian reflects on the many hours he spent in the…

Marketing & Branding

A southern renaissance story (modernity of southern food, if you will) is the story being marketed through Pine State Biscuits. Authentic cuisine paired with contemporary food movement and values. Through authenticity, the spectacle of the food, the atmosphere, and value, Pine State is able to market this southern renaissance to its customers. Brian says through…