Once upon a time, living the sweet life in Portland meant owning an art gallery or two, surrounded by the local political and cultural upper crust. The new dream? Helming a start-up artisan food business with a family recipe, and cavorting with foodies in the know.
Riding the wave of that paradigm shift is Brad Rogers, legendary owner of the now-closed B. Rogers Gallery on NE Broadway and Plan-B Gallery in the Pearl, who now spends his days making small-batch sweet and savory treats under the moniker Goldfinch Caramel.
The company launched in March 2012 using a family recipe passed down from Rogers' great grandmother Rose, and now offers a growing line of hand-wrapped caramels with ingredients like Oregon black truffles, Hopworks "7-Grain" stout, black mission figs, rosemary, espresso, Jacobsen Sea Salt, and cinnamon chocolate.
Don't let the inventive flavors fool you: these sweets aren't just creative, they're delicious, classically smooth, soft caramels worthy of tracking down at these local retailers:
- Cheryl's on 12th 1135 SW Washington St
- Bin 21 5011 NE 21st Ave
- Local Choice Market 830 NW Everett St
- Butterscotch 144 NE 28th Ave
- Beaumont Market 4130 NE Fremont St
- Food Front Co-Op 2375 NW Thurman St
- Hogan's Goat Pizza 5222 NE Sacramento St
- and Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro 243 11th St in Astoria, Oregon