Salumist Elias Cairo grew up first generation Greek-American with a father who made charcuterie at home. At that time, making charcuterie the old-fashioned way was commonplace. Elias later journeyed to Europe to apprentice in the kitchens of masters. It was there that he rediscovered the art of curing meat and found inspiration in the markets and mountain towns of the old world. Back in Portland, Oregon, Elias set out to approach the craft of charcuterie with purity and patience, recreating a nearly extinct traditional technique that is seldom seen in America. The result is Olympia Provisions, Oregon’s first USDA-approved salumeria, established in 2009. Olympia Provisions produces cured meats, including salamis, sausages, and pate as well as pickled products.
The company has 160 employees. Olympia Provisions’ manufacturing facility is located in SE Portland with 70 employees, and they own two restaurants, three Public Houses, and a food cart in Portland and Oregon City.