Food & Beverage, Condiments & Spices
Felton and Mary Campbell were a remarkable couple with a gift for hospitality. In their home and in their celebrated barbecue restaurant, they loved to cook and serve meals for a crowd. Felton and Mary’s home in Berkeley, Calif. was an urban oasis: a yard converted into a vegetable garden, a big smoker in back, and plenty of space for friends and family to gather. Felton loved to spin yarns. Mary loved to listen. Together, they loved to make every occasion a celebration. Nothing made them happier than seeing the messy face of a grandchild who had just buried his face in a plateful of ribs dripping with zesty BBQ sauce, or the smile of a neighbor digging into sweet potato pie. Children, grandchildren and friends all congregated here, not just to be fed, but to be nourished.
In 1984, the road tripping bohemians loaded up a van with their cherished cooking equipment and drove to Portland, Ore., where they opened a barbecue restaurant. Felton and Mary's barbecue joint wasn't just any restaurant. It was a laboratory for Felton’s culinary creativity. A showcase for Mary’s ability to create community wherever she went. A place where the open handed hosts turned strangers into friends, friends into family, and someone down on their luck always had a place to stay and a job washing dishes until they got on their feet. A place where their customers called them ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad,’ and where they made and served the best brisket, pork ribs, collard greens and peach cobbler found anywhere.
Now you can become part of the Campbell family. The sophisticated flavors and warm hospitality that Felton and Mary brought to their cooking can currently be found in your local Portland based New Seasons Market grocery store in their original sauces.
When you serve Felton & Mary’s to your family and friends, you pass the love along. Felton and Mary Campbell were adventurous free spirits, loving grandparents, yard-sale aficionados, generous hosts. The trail they blazed for their children and grandchildren to follow took them down scenic byways and meandering side roads, ending in Portland at the city’s most beloved barbecue restaurant. Now the generous spirit that infused every dish they made can be yours to share.