Welcome to Small Bites

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Small bites from last year’s Portland Fermentation Festival

Welcome to a new column on Bridgetown Bites, “Small Bites.” I realized recently that despite living in times that seem restricted, there’s still a lot of food-related news tidbits out there. They cross my desk via press releases or social media or the news—and in random conversations. It’s easy to just let it go, passing into the realm of ephemera, but I’d like to change that. Hence, this column. Continue reading “Welcome to Small Bites”

Portland Area Food Events, December 14-21

Peking Duck at Departure Lounge
Photo credit: Departure Lounge

Peking Duck is the most wonderful duck.

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. Want to submit an event? Fill out this form. Listings curated by Meg Cotner.

Peking Duck Month
December 1-30, 2017; times vary
Departure Portland, 525 SW Morrison Street, Portland

From the Departure staff, this special month features:

  • The Peking Duck is cured in 5 spice, blanched in honey and Chinese wine, hung to air dry for 5 days, honey glazed and roasted daily, and served with a house-made cherry sauce, candied kumquats, scallions, hoisin, and cucumbers. It is also served with mandarin pancakes, encouraging guests to make mini sandwiches out of the feast.
  • The bits of meat and roasted skin left on the bones are removed and a savory duck fried rice is made with plenty of scallions and rendered duck fat.
  • To ensure 100% usage of the bird, guests start the meal with a cup of clear duck broth made from the ducks’ roasted bones.
  • For a final sweet note, a rich taste of creamy duck fat-coconut milk ice cream with marionberry sauce and buckwheat crumble closes the feast.

Call the restaurant at 503-802-5370 to reserve your delicious duck. Each meal is $106. More information. Continue reading “Portland Area Food Events, December 14-21”