Jason French


Jason French is the head chef and owner at Ned Ludd, an American Craft Kitchen and Elder Hall, a Gathering Space in Portland, Oregon. Inspired by classic traditions of farm driven craft cookery, French’s menus perfectly embody his culinary philosophy of seasonally delicious fare. French and his team believe that great food ultimately requires more passion for and attention to the harmony created when one genuinely considers its provenance, preparation and presentation. 



Chef De Cuisine

Originally from the great state of Georgia, Capers moved North to New York to pursue a career in music. Drawn to the kitchen he shifted his attention to culinary school while living in the city. In 2010 he made his way West and worked in some of the best kitchens in the city : Le Pigeon, Little Bird, St Jack and Ava Genes before landing at Ned Ludd working alongside Jason French. Capers lives for his family, wife Christina and his adorable daughter Coco.

Alison mcGinley

operations MANAGER

Alison grew up playing drums, baseball, and eating everything in sight in Waxahachie, Texas. Craving a city life she landed in Boston pursuing an edu-cation in music. She started working in restaurants to support her touring musician’s income. Then she fell for food and wine the same way she had for music. Eventually she stumbled out West and put roots down in Portland where she worked for Bent Brick and Park Kitchen before finding a home at Ned Ludd. She's best known for her daily ritual of eating cheese for dinner. 

Elizabeth Calderon


Elizabeth has a long love affair with restaurants and food. Trained in the culinary arts, Elizabeth transitioned into a very important supporting role with some chef masterminds such as Chris Israel of Gruner and Cathy Whims of Nostrana.
She's the creative brains behind all of our events and crafts the perfect experience every time. She's a master storyteller and her attention to detail brings beauty and style to every gathering. Oh, and she lives for Ichebana. 

HUGE shout outs to all our creative contributors // Shinya Kamata , Kaitlin Greene, Stuart Mullenberg, Robert J Hill & John W. Clark