Pacific Northwest native Brandon Brown met his wife Tara when she moved west to attend the University of Oregon in Eugene. Although Tara says it took her 15 years to “pry him from the mountains,” the couple decided to settle in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood with their two children in 2009.
Drawing on his experience as a charcuterie chef, the couple opened Hillcrest Artisan Meats in 2011, serving locally sourced meats and gourmet ingredients as well as sandwiches and soups. Brandon admits he misses the bounty of the coast, but the couple is excited to be active in Little Rock’s burgeoning food scene, growth of local farmers and their close-knit neighborhood and schools.
“There’s a rich history, cultural diversity, and Arkansans have a sense of community and place that I haven’t found in other places I have lived,” Tara says.