After nearly a year of hard work, Aaron Silverman plans to reopen Tails and Trotters this month at 525 N.E. 24th Ave. in the Kerns neighborhood. The company specializes in high-quality pork products, gleaned from its own proprietary line of hazelnut-finished pigs. The shop opened in the neighborhood in 2012 and has been recognized nationally for its charcuterie and sandwiches. An electrical fire broke out in the shop last February, destroying nearly everything in its path – including over 100 legs of prosciutto.
“Unwilling – or unable – to give up, we’ve worked throughout the year to rebuild and recover,” said Silverman. “Our retail shop will reopen soon with a new design emphasizing our sandwich counter. There will be seating inside for 16 to 18, along with a small bar serving a couple wines and some locally brewed beers. We’ll still have a case displaying butcher cuts and fresh sausages, as well as a deli case with lunchmeats and smoked products. Some production operations have been relocated to a separate facility to provide room for an expanded kitchen, with more opportunities to provide our customers with exceptional pork.”
During the downtime, Silverman retained all of his employees and maintained wholesale operations by working out of a commissary kitchen downtown – so when the shop reopens this month all of the familiar faces will be back.
“We only work with pigs raised by a third-generation family farm in Eastern Washington,” said Silverman. “In 2004 I attended a slow food conference in Turino, Italy and discovered regional prosciutto. I began working with an animal nutritionist to develop a fattening program using hazelnuts – which are abundant in Oregon – instead of acorns, which is traditional in many parts of Europe. In addition to our sandwich counter, we make over 100 products, including fresh butchery, sausages, bacon, ham and pantry items.”
The Good Food Awards, sponsored by a national retailer collaborative, has now recognized Tails and Trotters products at the top of their charcuterie category four times – for its Porkstrami, Smooth Liver Pate, Applewood-Smoked Ham and, just last year, for its two-year-aged Prosciutto Pacifico. In 2016, Guy Fieri filmed an episode of Diners Drive-ins and Dives at the shop, featuring the Prosciutto Pacifico, as well as the shop’s Grinder and Porchetta sandwiches.
The shop will be open with its previous schedule, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, call 503-680-7697 or visit www.tailsandtrotters.com.