Portland Area Food Events, March 15-22

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Photo credit: Shan Wickham

Persian New Year, AKA Nowruz, is March 21!

Each week we will bring you a roundup of public food events in the Portland metro area. It’s not every single event that’s going on, but the ones in particular that catch our eye. Be sure to confirm the availability of the event before you head out to attend, due to last minute changes that sometime happen. Want to submit an event? Fill out this form. Listings curated by Meg Cotner.

Tapas Thursday
Thursdays, March 15 and 22, 2018; 4pm-midnight
Bar Vivant, 2225 E Burnside Street, Portland

On Thursdays during the month of March, head over to Bar Vivant for great food and drink deals. You can get free tapas (one tapa up to $4 per each adult beverage purchase, while supplies last), $5 Tinto & Txakoli (a Basque wine), and 10% off all wine bottles. Happy Hour all night, too. More information. Continue reading “Portland Area Food Events, March 15-22”

Help Mae and Yonder Build Out Their Restaurant

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Photo credit: Mae

This “Mae At-Home Starter Kit” is brilliant, and one of the Kickstarter rewards for the Mae and Yonder project.

Today I got an email from Maya and Zach at Mae about their new restaurant, which is really two restaurants in one: Yonder and Mae. The email was about their Kickstarter they launched to crowdfund the restaurants; their goal is $75,000. They know it can be tough to fund an effort like this and are hoping their fans and current customers can pitch in and help financially support this exciting venture—it will be the first brick and mortar for what is now a popup at Old Salt Marketplace.  Continue reading “Help Mae and Yonder Build Out Their Restaurant”

First Impressions: The Impossible Burger

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My first time with an Impossible Burger was a pleasant stroll through the uncanny valley.

Over the weekend we decided to take advantage of the sunny day with mild temperatures and head to McMenamins Edgefield out in Troutdale. As you may know, I live in Portland without a car and take transit everywhere; I was pleased to learn that the TriMet 77 bus drops you off directly in front of the Edgefield property. After an easy ride we did a fair amount of exploring of the grounds, and decided to get something to eat at the Black Rabbit Bar. And what did I see on the menu, but the Impossible Burger. I had been wanting to try it for some time, and this seemed like as good as any an opportunity to do so. Continue reading “First Impressions: The Impossible Burger”

Four Things I Learned This Week (March 9)

Inspired by the podcast, No Such Thing As a Fish, I am here to tell you about four new-to-me things I learned this week in the world of Portland food.

Vegan cheese can be delicious. Vegan cheese has come a long way from the “Tofutti as an only option” days. I’ve decided to decrease my dairy intake, and these days I’m enjoying Treeline’s soft spreadable cashew cheese with scallions on top of crispy rice crackers (purchased at the Hollywood Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, respectively). Plus, did you know Portland is home to a dedicated vegan cheese shop?

Red Sauce’s Shardell Dues‘ kickass pizza lyfe. She spent a number of years making pizza and managing the kitchen at Apizza Scholls and has worked mostly at pizzerias during her career. Learn more about Shar’s fantastic pizza work and fascinating career on this episode of Portland food podcast, Right at the Fork. Plus, be sure to hit up Red Sauce next Tuesday for their fundraiser for Portland Animal Welfare (PAW)—15% of all sales that day will go towards PAW.

Gravy is opening its second location not far from Bridgetown Bites HQ. Another bit of news I missed while sick—Gravy is comin’ to NE Sandy, just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Hollywood District. I love their veg gravy and biscuits and have personally stood in those seemingly interminable lines up on Mississippi Avenue, so a second location will be a welcome addition to Portland brunching.

On a personal note, I did not get the job. I was a finalist for the Eater Portland editor job. I hadn’t heard from them about their decision, so I took a look and and saw the updated masthead this week. The new editor is Brooke Jackson-Glidden from Salem and I wish her the very best as she takes on this position, and look forward to reading the site under her editorial direction. The application process was a positive experience and I got a lot out of it. I love my freelance career so all is good in the end.

Portland Area Food Events, March 8-15

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Nothing says lovin’ like a plate of tasty Venezuelan food.

Each week we will bring you a roundup of public food events in the Portland metro area. It’s not every single event that’s going on, but the ones in particular that catch our eye. Be sure to confirm the availability of the event before you head out to attend, due to last minute changes that sometime happen. Want to submit an event? Fill out this form. Listings curated by Meg Cotner.

Tapas Thursday
Thursdays, March 8 and 15, 2018; 4pm-midnight
Bar Vivant, 2225 E Burnside Street, Portland

On Thursdays during the month of March, head over to Bar Vivant for great food and drink deals. You can get free tapas (one tapa up to $4 per each adult beverage purchase, while supplies last), $5 Tinto & Txakoli (a Basque wine), and 10% off all wine bottles. Happy Hour all night, too. More information. Continue reading “Portland Area Food Events, March 8-15”