Four Things I Learned This Week (September 6)

We’re back with four new-to-me things I learned this week in the world of Portland food (week ending Friday, September 6, 2019).

Third time’s a sad charm. This week we got the bad news that Smallwares will close; her Zipper Building spot, Wares, was put on the market this past summer. And, of course, the original Smallwares—which I first became aware of all the way in NYC back in 2016 when I was the editor of Northeast Neighbors magazine—on NE Fremont has been gone for a few years. Johanna Wares has made some seriously tasty “inauthentic Asian” food, and her work will be missed. You have until Saturday, September 28 to eat at Smallwares, and then it will be gone, gone, gone.

More than a michelada. Portland gets a new bar that sells craft beer and hot sauce, Alefire.

Beaverton’s best for food. Thrillist claims Beaverton as one of “the country’s best suburbs for people who love food.” Highlighted eateries are Duh Kuh Bee for noodles, dumplings and kbbq; Yuzu for izakaya; Oyatsupan Bakers for Japanese baked goods; Decarli for Italian food; Best Baguette for banh mi; and Beaverton Sub Station for… well… subs.

Portland Mercado suffers jagoff behavior. We got the bad news this week that someone broke the front door at the Portland Mercado—and so close to their biggest event of the year, Taste of Latinoamérica – Sabor de Latinoamérica, this Saturday, September 7, from noon to 7pm. Property damage sucks.

Portland Area Food Events, September 7-14

Photo credit: Abbey Hendrickson

Play BINGO this week for a good cause.

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.

High Proof PDX Book Launch
Thursday, Sept 7, 2017, 5pm
Bit House Saloon, 727 SE Grand, Portland

Celebrate Portland distilling with the first-ever guidebook to spirits tasting, written by Karen Locke. You can get a copy of the book and have her sign it. Cash bar, snacks provided as well as cocktails and swag from Portland-area distilleries, raffle giveaways from distilleries and Portland Distillery Passport, and… an ice luge. FREE, 21+ only. More information. Continue reading “Portland Area Food Events, September 7-14”