by William Bessette, PDX People contributor —
“Altabira’s chef de cuisine, Luis Escorcia, recently showcased his entry [to the James Beard The Blended Burger Project], the Catalan Blended Burger, along with several other mouth-watering creations on a beautiful day for a rooftop gathering at the corner of 10th and NE Grand on the 6th floor of Hotel Eastlund.
The Catalan Blended Burger itself is hand-formed with a mixture of ground chuck and shiitake mushrooms, then is put on the grill with spring onions, romesco sauce and fresh aioli on a toasted house-made bun.
The bun is warm, soft and provides the perfect foundation for Escorcia’s composition of beef, mushrooms and vegetables. The burger itself is cooked just the way you like it – in this case, medium-well.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Escorcia about his time at Altabira and what makes the classy regional American cuisine tavern tick under his stewardship. He considers himself somewhat lucky, yet his talent should not be undersold.”
Pop over to PDX People and be sure and cast your vote for chef Escoria’s yummy Catalan Blended Burger.