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Success Stories

As passionate about slow-cooked pot roast and homemade ravioli as she is about perfectly seared foie gras, Lisa Schroeder is a mother, grandmother, chef and restaurateur devoted to providing better-than-authentic renditions of traditional home-cooked favorite dishes in her two Portland restaurants, Mother’s Bistro & Bar and Mama Mia Trattoria.

In 1992, while simultaneously working full-time in marketing, catering on the side and raising her daughter, Lisa realized there were no restaurants serving the type of food she would make if she had the time. Lisa concluded that what the world really needed was a place which served “Mother Food” – slow-cooked dishes, such as braises and stews, made with love. From that moment on, Lisa was determined to open such a restaurant and spent the next eight years working toward that dream.

Lisa soon gave up her business career and enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America. While there, she was selected as one of the... Read More

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