OG sous chef and (as you can tell by the photo) musician, Erica (nee, Dunham) Norris, will soon be leaving us to live abroad. Earlier this year, she completed our employee questionnaire. These are her answers. Auf Wiedersehen, Erica! We’ll miss you!

Erica Norris hails most recently from Portland, Oregon, but she’s lived all over the world. She joined The Original in 2009 as a prep cook, before working her way up to saute cook. She is now a sous chef.

When not working, I spend my time: mostly on music and audio production, reading fancy books on cooking and audio engineering. Oh, and watching my husband play Skyrim. I do not understand the newfangled videogame systems. 

“If I weren’t ALIVE, I would be a ZOMBIE, because I WANT TO INHERIT THE EARTH.”

The genre of music that would score my life would be: It would start out with some great epic classical pieces (Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky”), fading into Neil Diamond’s “Coming To America” (because it’s a great upbeat song about coming to America, or something), then some Johnny Cash and Louis Clark (it’s the kind of music I grew up on), followed by an obligatory pause in good music (New Kids On The Block). Then it would be one big mash-up track of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Immortal, Burzum, Lustmord, Brian Eno, Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, Cat Power, 16 Horsepower, Front242, and Skinny Puppy.

Dogs or cats: I like both, but my husband and I have one cat whose name is Balrog, and she more than makes up for having a dog as well. She likes to stick her head in cups and eat plastic.

My favorite season is: Summer, because I am a total pansy when it comes to weather below 70 degrees, and I don’t like wearing 30 layers of shirts, sweaters, gloves, scarves; it’s too much and I hate buying clothes.

Of all Original dishes, my favorite is: (appetizer) cheese-curd stuffed pretzel bites with the honey mustard and bacon ketchup—great pub grub food; (addicted to) our Oregon salad—because beets, chevre, and hazelnuts work so well together; (entree) our BBQ Chicken with braised greens; (dessert) I’d eat whatever our pastry chefs threw at me, because it would be that good.

Library, cinema or music club: Libraries are too quiet. Cinema, too many people for my comfort in the same room. Music club would probably be my first choice, because I love music and I don’t have to talk to anyone if I don’t want to!

Beatles or Stones: No.

Automobile, bike, bus or foot: I have been blessed by being born with two feet, so I used them as frequently as possible, and best of all, it is free.

Toilet paper (over or under): under. Yes, I am particular on this.

My secret talent is: I can play a song on the piano after listening to it and/or tell you what key it is in.

My first words were: “No.” I was such a talkative baby (not really).

I was named after: my great grandmother, who was German, and her name was Erika.

I put on hotdogs: Make it a Chicago dog.

The last book I read was: Ferran Adria’s The Family Meal. I love this book!

My favorite Portland spot is: My music studio.

If I were to make a bumper sticker, it would read: The closer you get, the slower I’ll drive.