Sam Smith was born in the birthplace of modern, American farm-to-table cooking: Berkeley, CA. After receiving a degree in English Literature from Villanova University, he attended culinary school at The Restaurant School, then honed his skills and developed his palate in a multitude of restaurants around Philadelphia. He moved to Portland in 2012, and has dreamed of combining his passion for local farming and produce with a vision for modern Middle Eastern food in Portland. Tusk is the realization of that dream.