Apr 24, 2024 - Food and Drink

Best Day Ever: Producer Tito Chowdhury

A man in a grey suit faces the samera while a woman in a grey bodysuit with her back to the camera strikes a dancers pose wrapped around him

Tito Chowdhury of FashioNXT at Bellpine with model Amanda Thompson. Photo: Courtesy Sophia Cho

Tito Chowdhury, the exhibit producer of FashionNXT, wrangles sponsors, local designers and models to put on an annual fashion show, making Portland more rad than plaid.

Zoom in: The next one is Oct 3-4, venue TBD, and Chowdhury says to keep an eye out for the 2023 UpNXT emerging designer, Feliciano.

When he's not booking models and sorting samples, we asked Chowdhury what his best day in the city would look like.

☕️ Breakfast: He heads across the street from his Pearl District condo to Ovation, the Moroccan-tinged coffee shop, where he takes a black coffee and the GLT: a breakfast sandwich with gyro meat, lettuce, tomato and aioli on wheat bread.

📲 Morning activity: Time to walk and talk, with his iPhone 13 to his ear, often stopping for more coffee at Mediterranean fusion eatery Via Delizia.

🥙 Lunch: He goes to either Chipotle or the Whole Foods hot bar, where he likes the Jamaican and Tandoori chicken.

  • He was born in Bangladesh and cooks his native food, preferring the Bangladeshi water base of curries to the dairy base of Indian curries.
  • "My claim to fame is two former mayors came to my place for dinner — Tom Potter and Sam Adams — they were very good guests," he told Axios.

🤝 Afternoon meetings: Done in person around the city.

  • As he walks, he checks out clothing stores downtown such as Collier Clothing and Zelda's, or those along NW 23rd Avenue.

🥩 Dinner: Bellpine at the Ritz-Carlton, where the staff knows him and you don't need a reservation to eat at the bar.

  • "I have my favorite Suntory Toki whiskey on the rocks or an Oregon bubbly by Argyle."
  • From the bar menu, he loves the albacore and wagyu beef tartare.

ğŸŽµ Evening drinks: El Gaucho for the cigar lounge, and the cocktail bars Lulu and Fools and Horses.

🍸 Nightcap: Chowdhury's current go-to is the Witness Tree Lounge on the waterfront in Vancouver, which he says attracts a well-dressed crowd who come for the view of Portland and who can afford $20 cocktails.

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