Farewell, Pono Soul Farm Kitchen

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One Kusshi oyster from Puget Sound, sitting atop a bed of rock salt studded with whole spices, accompanied by a ponzu mignonette, chives, and a microgreen. It was plump and meaty, and tasted almost sweet. My favorite oyster to date.

Pono Soul Farm Kitchen, I’ll miss you.

On June 23 I read the news that one of my neighborhood restaurants, Pono Soul Farm Kitchen, will close on July 8.  I’ve read three reports on the impending shuttering—from Eater, The Oregonian, and Portland Food and Drink—and none of them indicate the reasons why, not even a touch of speculation. Eater quotes part of the press release from co-owner Ted Nakato, who thanks his customers for their dining and support, but that’s about it. Personally, I wish we knew more.

If you’re unfamiliar with Pono Soul Farm Kitchen, it is a farm-to-table restaurant that primarily serves as a place to showcase Pono Farm’s meats—beef, pork, and eggs raised in Bend, OR. The offerings have been called “Japanese soul food”—dumplings, ramen, and hot pot, to name a few; their sushi is excellent, too. They source their produce from places like DeNoble Farms, Groundwork Organics, and Gathering Together Farm, among others. Menu changes semi-regularly. Continue reading “Farewell, Pono Soul Farm Kitchen”

Portland Area Food Events, July 6-13

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Each week we will bring you a roundup of public food events in the Portland metro area. It’s not every single event going on, but the ones in particular that catch our eye.

Great American BBQ
Thursday, July 6, noon-1pm
Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie

Barbecue lunch at the picnic shelter at North Clackamas Park. Also: Live music by Mark Cash and Chihuahua Desert; dance performance by the Westernaires Line Dance Team; American Medical Response vintage ambulance on hand for viewing. Groups of six or more require a reservation. Ages 60 and older, $3 donation; under 60, $5 per person. More information.

Public Coffee Cupping
Thursday, July 6 and 13, 3-4:30pm
Stumptown Coffee HQ, 100 SE Salmon Street, Portland

Learn how to taste and evaluate coffee like the pros do. Warning: cupping involves slurping and spitting. FREE. More information. Continue reading “Portland Area Food Events, July 6-13”