By sharing the living history

of cuisine by the hands that

make it, we're changing the

way people think about food.

The Lost Plate Story.

Like the microwave, penicillin, and so many other good things, Lost Plate came about as a total accident.

Ruixi, a Sichuanese, and Brian, a Portlander, were married and working in Xian. New to China, Brian was lost without Ruixi’s ability to maneuver the city, and most importantly, find the best food. Knowing what to order and how to communicate with the shop owners seemed far from reach.

When friends visited, Ruixi would share her favorite spots, and her passion couldn’t have been more obvious. She would tell endless stories about what they were eating, its significance to the local culture, and where all the best places were. This is how the first Lost Plate tours were born.

It was only a matter of time before she decided to start tours in her hometown of Chengdu and Brian’s sister, Michelle, did the same in Portland. They’d always spoken about how food is the ultimate way people were connected with each other, so the three of them saw an opportunity to make their passion their work in the places they have a close connection with.

Lost Plate Founders
Lost Plate Food Tours About Us You Are What You Eat

You are what you eat.

To us, the media’s newfound preoccupation with chef shows demonstrates that food is the ultimate link – things are stupid delicious in every language.

Travelers are waking up to this and getting hungry for adventure.

Food from every continent can now be delivered to your door with a few taps on your phone.

Traditions are disappearing as cooking is no longer a necessary skill. Flavors are becoming homogenized.

Industrial farms and new logistics technologies have completely transformed brick-and-mortar supermarkets, and exponential population growth has created an unprecedented demand on the earth.

Our Tasty Commitment.

Once you dig a little deeper, you begin to understand how important that conversation is. We call it our Tasty Commitment – cultural conservation through exciting education. Don’t be fooled by all the beer on our tour, we are 100% trying to teach you things, but we also believe that fun and learning don’t have to be a zero-sum game if you do it right.

In short, we think and talk about food, a lot. We’re a small family business that works with small family businesses on every level of the value chain.

For a hundred million reasons, now more than ever, it’s important to think about food and the hands that make it. To go out into small farming communities and understand what makes delicious happen. Meeting chefs and learning methods that have not yet made it into any fancy cook books or blogs. Spending an average of 3 months to meet the makers every time we build a new tour.

And at the end of it all, bringing that conversation and those lost plates to your table.


Meet the Team.

Our Founding Foodies:

Ruixi Hu Lost Plate Food Tour Team Founder


Founder, China

Based In: A little bit of everywhere.

Origins: 10x Generation Sichuanese

Bar Order: A glass of bold red, especially if it’s from one of our favorite Yunnan or Ningxia wineries.

Current Food Obsession: Food from Yunnan because it’s unique and super seasonal. For example,  Dali is wet, so people stir-fry a local tree moss with eggs.

Brian Bergey Lost Plate Food Tour Team CEO


Co-Founder, Lost Plate

Based In: A little bit of everywhere.

Hometown: Portland, Oregon USA

Bar Order: Whatever local IPA is on tap.

Favorite Food: There’s always a place in his heart (and stomach) for pizza. In Portland, it’s from Ranch PDX. Honorable mention goes to Bottega in Beijing.

Lost Plate Portland Food Tours Michelle Food Cart


Founder, Portland

Based In: Portland, Oregon USA

Hometown: 3rd generation Portlander. Loves it more than you do.

Bar Order: An Oregon Pinot Noir.

Favorite Food: The Steam Burgers at Canard in Portland. Claims she could eat 5 in one sitting. Character witnesses assure she already has.

Our Team:

Lost Plate Staff Ann


China Operations Manager

Based In: Shanghai

Hometown: Luoyang, China

Coffee Order: A classic Americano is the perfect wake-up call!

Favorite Food: Literally anything with hot garlic sauce.

Lost Plate Staff Bonnie


Marketing Specialist

Based In: Beijing

Hometown: Hebei, China

Bar order: Gin & Tonic.

Favorite Breakfast: Eggs Benedict – it’s like symphony on a plate!

Lost Plate Team Elmer Zhao


Customer Service Specialist

Based In: China

Hometown: Heilongjiang, in northeastern China.

Bar Order: Whatever has a fruity taste.

Favorite Food: Kebab with hummus, pickles, and a few pieces of pita bread. So yum!

Lost Plate Food Tours About Us Evon Chua


China General Manager

Based In: Beijing

Hometown: Singapore

Bar order: A dunkel or Moscow mule.

Favorite Food: Anything Peranakan, sometimes Laksa (spicy coconut-based noodle soup) and occasionally a homemade double boiled soup.

Seavyi Yonn Lost Plate Food Tour Team Cambodia Manager


SE Asia General Manager

Based In: Phnom Penh

Hometown: Battambang

Coffee order: A Cambodian street coffee: a shot of espresso over steamed sugarcane juice and fresh milk.

Favorite Food: Bok Tirk Curry – you’ll have to join our Siem Reap sunset tour to discover what this is! 

Lost Plate Staff Vivian


Customer Service Specialist

Based In: Guangzou

Hometown: Qingyuan, China

Bar Order: A nice fruity cocktail.

Favorite Food: Steamed fish with pickled mustard, alongside some chicken coconut soup.

Fun Facts.

We employ over

local guides.

We frequently visit

locally owned eateries.

We’ve spent over

at local small businesses.
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