Chef Na’eem Woods grew up working in his father’s restaurant and catering events from the age of twelve. His father’s restaurant was contracted to do the game day BBQing at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, providing Na’eem with experience for large scale on site events. Growing up with a large family, the average gathering at home is always 30-40 people minimum. This has provided him ample opportunity to learn how to efficiently plan, prep, and cook for large groups of people.
Chef continued on with his skills for seven years at the highly rated Embassy Suites Hotel in Tigard, Oregon as a Breakfast Ambassador, specializing in made to order omelettes for guests. During his time there, he won Employee of the Month numerous months and was nominated for Employee of the Year. In May of 2012, he was presented with an award in a ceremony as the “Hospitality Hero of the Year” from Washington County, in Hillsboro, Oregon.
He further honed his skills in a top rated restaurant in Beaverton, Oregon for another six years as the Sous and then Executive Chef. While there, he learned to create various cuisines from scratch. It was at this restaurant that a following of patrons visited specifically for his scratch made soup of the day and weekly lunch/dinner specials.
Na’eem relocated to North Plains when an old high school friend asked him to come help him open Hits the Spot as the Executive Chef. Na’eem brought some of his best recipes to serve to the community the last two years.
Chef Na’eem and his wife Katy now run their brick and mortar location together in Banks, Oregon off of NW Main Street. They opened October 21, 2022.
Chef Na'eem Woods
The Woods Family
Serving love to the community
Cooking is not only a talent, but also a passionate form of art for me. I grew up working in my father's restaurant, watching him feed and show the community an unconditional love through delicious food, wisdom & words of the wise. The smell of garlic and onions sizzling the start of something good, and the spices all coming together is the smell of home.