As International Women's Month comes to a close, we thought we'd take a moment to shine a light on some of our favorite female-founded brands. From the very start, we've made it a priority to celebrate women and other marginalized groups working in our industry, and feel lucky that we get to work with so many amazing woman-led companies.
Nong Poonsukwattana is a Portland legend: she arrived in the Rose City from her native Thailand in 2003 nearly penniless, and turned a seemingly simple dish of chicken, rice, and broth—the deeply satisfying and in fact quite complex Khao Man Gai—into one of Portland's iconic dishes.
For Bitter For Worse's sophisticated, complex and utterly delicious nonalcoholic cocktails are a true game changer. Founded by Shelley Elkovich and her husband Jeff Heglie barely two years ago, they've quickly risen to the top of the ranks in the rapidly-expanding nonalcoholic cocktail category.
Kiki Aranita was running a hugely successful Hawai'ian restaurant in Philly when the pandemic struck and she had to close her dining room. Assessing the landscape, she decided to start bottling the restaurant's beloved sauces, including her unique take on ponzu, infused with native Hawai'ian lavender and tart yuzu.