Sarah Schafer is the Executive Chef and Owner of Irving Street Kitchen. She is one of Portland’s powerhouse female chefs, always on the cutting edge of the local food scene with standout, casually elegant American cuisine. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Schafer cites Ken Oringer, Tom Colicchio and Danny Meyer as her mentors. She was the first female Sous Chef at Gramercy Tavern, and helped open Eleven Madison Park. Schafer eventually made her way to San Francisco to be closer to family and helped open Daniel Patterson’s Elizabeth Daniel. After several years in the Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest beckoned to Schafer and opened Irving Street Kitchen in 2010 to widespread critical acclaim.