Stewart Joseph purchased a struggling sauce and hummus business, which would become the foundation for Portland Fresh.
Stewart grew up with a love for cooking. His favorite foods were Mediterranean and ethnic dishes; a rice and lentil dish called Mujaddara, fresh hummus, and Mexican food (especially salsa). Stewart’s father taught him to cook growing up. He would always have Stewart taste the food and help him determine if it was balanced; does it have the right sweetness, saltiness, herbal taste? He taught Stewart the basics, but also a lot of useful techniques that he utilizes to this day in his Portland Fresh recipes.
“My father taught me to appreciate the balance of flavor in every dish.”
In college, Stewart majored in nutrition, and was motivated by the idea that he could express creativity through something healthy, while also building a sustainable business pursuit. Portland Fresh is Stewart voicing his opinion on how the food industry should strive to look like, what food people should be offered, as well as how it should be sourced and made. Portland Fresh’s product line is the culmination of a set of values: healthy food, happy workers, sustainable products, and supporting your local economy. When you buy Portland Fresh, you also support this vision of a better food ecosystem for everyone, starting with Portland.