For cozy, soulful American cooking, Portlanders head to The Country Cat – the premier made-from-scratch, farm-to-table restaurant headed up by husband-and-wife pair Chefs Adam and Jackie Sappington. As Executive Chef, Adam crafts menus known for their whole-animal focus and local, seasonal ingredients. His passion for food dates back to his upbringing in rural Missouri, where he spent hours with his mother in the kitchen and attended the local farmers markets with his grandmother.

Adam moved to Portland to attend Western Culinary Institute and soon landed at Wildwood Restaurant, where he worked his way up from pantry cook to executive chef in 11 years. He and Jackie opened The Country Cat in 2007 to rave reviews, and he has been a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef Northwest in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Jackie and Adam debuted their first cookbook, Heartlandia: Heritage Recipes from The Country Cat (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).