Elias Cairo

Portland

Charcuterie, Butchering, Sausage Making


Specialities

Charcuterie, Butchering

About Elias Cairo

Born in Salt Lake City to a large Greek family, Chef Elias Cairo started his culinary education early. From his family, he learned traditional Greek butchering and preserving techniques which sparked his lifelong interest in meat.  He started the award-winning, Olympia Provisions in 2009, Oregon’s first USDA-certified meat-curing facility, which is also a European style restaurant. Olympia Provisions has received rave reviews from Food & Wine magazine, Oprah, Saveur, and Bon Appetit and won the 2013 Good Food Award for charcuterie. 

After working in his father’s restaurants growing up, Chef Elias worked as an apprentice to Chef Annergret Schlumpf in Switzerland, starting at age 20. During his time in Switzerland, he learned classic culinary techniques with a particular focus on butchery and charcuterie. After working in Greece, he headed back to the United States and began working as a line cook at Portland’s distinguished bistro Castagna where he quickly worked his way up to Sous Chef. Chef Elias has a passion for creating delicious meats and charcuterie and has turned that passion into a thriving business.


Interview with Chef Elias Cairo



Elias Cairo's Video Tutorials

How to Make Salami From Scratch

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Advanced

Making salami can be challenging, but the right equipment and proper technique will result in a delicious cured product.

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How to Make Rillettes and Rillions

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Intermediate

One basic preparation with a few additional steps results in two delicious and meaty dishes.

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How to Build a Charcuterie Board

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Intermediate

Learn how to balance flavors and textures to create the perfect charcuterie board.

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How to Properly Cook Sausage

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Easy

Learn the foolproof technique for cooking sausage perfectly every time.

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The Basics of Grinding Meat at Home

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Easy

Grinding your own meat gives you flexibility with flavor and texture, and gives you total cotrol over what's going into your recipe.

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