Hi, Naomi. Thanks for taking the time to chat. What's happening in your world right now?
Well, Beast (her flagship Portland restaurant) is turning 11. I’m doing the food for my cocktail bar, Expatriate, and last year I opened a flower shop called Colibri, which means hummingbird in Latin.
A flower shop!? That’s cool. How’d you get into that?
I was getting itchy to do something new. Every five years or so I need to do something new and wanted to stop myself before opening a restaurant too soon. We found a space that was super beautiful and not too far from our restaurant. My husband Kyle (who runs Expatriate) started developing it as a community center, but then we thought, well, I’ve always done flowers for my own restaurants, why not this for other people since I do it myself anyway?
Three brick and mortar businesses. That’s quite an enterprise. How do you keep it all together?
At this point I consider myself to be the one who creates experiences that other people can find joy in. I think my role is to help the 40 people who work for me be excited about their jobs, and that those jobs are honest and fun.