Althea Grey Potter

Oui! Wine Bar + Restaurant Executive Chef

Althea Grey Potter has been a food enthusiast since she was very young. It is no surprise that the child of an artist and a chemist became a chef. Raised in rural Massachusetts by counter culture parents, as a small child she harvested fresh vegetables from the organic family garden with her parents and discovered the deliciousness of eating tomatoes warm from the sun and crisp snap peas right off the vine. Her parents were both incredible cooks and baked bread, sprouted grains, made yogurt and fermented their own kimchi before it was cool.

As a young girl, Althea spent much of her time playing in the kitchen. While some children had Easy Bake Ovens and plastic frosting, Althea had real knives and mixing bowls. She fondly remembers when she was deemed old enough to use the cleaver at the age of five, and she hosted her first dinner party at age nine with a menu of lamb shepherd’s pie and lemon cheesecake. A year spent in France at eight opened Althea’s eyes to the world of cuisine. She fell in love with pâté en croûte, almond croissants, and bœuf bourguignon. She also tasted her first champagne!

Althea got her first job in a restaurant at a small town roadside stand at age fifteen and quickly moved up the ranks from ice cream scooper to fry cook! While she was studying Sociology, Psychology, and Spanish at the University of Georgia she continued to work in many facets of the restaurant industry and spent a year studying abroad and overindulging in wine and tapas in Valencia, Spain.

After college, Althea couldn’t shake the desire to cook and decided to pursue her passion professionally. After working in artisan sandwiches, organic garlic farming, and catering in Massachusetts for a few years she bought a one-way ticket to Portland (sight unseen) and enrolled at the Oregon Culinary Institute.

Althea continues to be incredibly passionate about food, farms, cooking and wine. She especially loves charcuterie, seasonal vegetables, and the smell of fresh baguettes.