Where it began
The Risho family spent decades perfecting global cuisine while cooking for their home town of Missoula, Montana.
Sam and Abraham Risho grew up as restaurant-kids, and learned the love of food from their father Ray, whose 45-year career as a chef focused on the anthropological study of world cuisine.
Photo from 1973 at Emmaus Road Restaurant. Sam Risho being held by his father Ray, Emmaus Raod owner and founder.
Perugia Old World Cooking
In 1995, Abraham Risho, at 18 years old accepted an apprenticeship in his fathers restaurant Perugia, Old World Cooking. Where, at the same time, his eldest brother Sam perfected the intricacies of fine dining service, and especially old-world hospitality. After a short while, Sam led the restaurant as a responsible and fair General Manager, and Abraham filled his father's shoes as Executive Chef.
Photo from 1997 at Perugia Old World Cooking. Owner and founder Ray Risho on the far right next to his eldest son, with Sam's arm on his shoulder, and his wife Susie, and mother of Sam, Ephraim, and Abraham.
Abraham in ducking into the front row, third from the left.
After 20 years working in dozens of restaurants, the Rishos brothers together with Sam's wife Elise, opened The Silk Road Restaurant in 2009 serving tapas-style cuisine with the tag line: A Global Tasting Experience!
The Rishos were instantly successful and quickly encouraged to share their passion (and recipes!) with the world.
Picture from 2011 at The Silk Road Restaurant. Sam Risho, front row center with his wife Elise, holding their first son Webber. To Sam's left is Abraham and (at the time) his future wife, Caitlin. Far to the right are Ray Risho and his wife Susie.
Catering & Spice
After seven and a half years, these three Risho decided to retire the restaurant, and focus on their booming spice business, and continue their large catering operation.
Abraham, Elise and Sam are committed to a true Global Tasting Experience with every new endeavor. With placement on 600 store shelves in the Pacific Northwest and all over Canada, the next step is to bring these amazing flavors to you in new ways by partnering with restaurant and corporate chefs across the country.
And, don't miss the cameo by little Raena, peeking behind her mom's legs in the bottom of this picture!