Posts for April, 2010

April 27, 2010

Worrisome News for Little Meat

Is Big Meat pushing the USDA for burdensome and seemingly unnecessary testing that will ultimately put small meat producers out of business? What do these proposed regulations mean for our local farmers and salumists? Read this informative–and alarming–Salon article.


Will the USDA doom locally produced meat?
New testing regulations may end small-scale meat production — and keep the market safe for the big boys.
Read article here>>

April 22, 2010

Taste of the Nation Looms!

I’ve been having a terrible recurring nightmare this week. The plot is pretty basic–I’ve just eaten the biggest meal of my life, only to look at my watch and have the horrifying realization that Taste of the Nation starts in mere minutes. My favorite food event of the year has finally arrived and I’M FULL! Suffice to say, I’ll be restricting my diet this Monday to six peas and a small glass of grappa so I’m ready to graze, gorge, sip and socialize all night long.


If you’re wondering what on earth I’m talking about, on Monday, April 26, Share Our Strength‘s 23rd Annual Taste of the Nation fundraiser brings its yearly dose of charitable gluttony to Portland. Your ticket includes unlimited tastes and pours from over 50 restaurants, 20 wineries, and five breweries, and with the roll call featuring gastronomic A-listers like Beaker & FlaskBeastGruner, andSimpatica Dining Hall, you’ll have to be rolled home a la Violet Beauregarde–just don’t crush the Saint Cupcakes stuffed in your pockets.

Hope to see you there! More info and tickets here>>

April 22, 2010

Free Dessert Tonight at Lucky Strike!

Who says there’s no such thing as free dessert? Lucky Strike (12306 SE Powell Blvd.) is offering all celebrants of its 2nd b-day free dessert tonight! All you have to do is show up.

April 22, 2010

A Book Fair For Foodophiles

Tomorrow’s IACP Book Fair is not the book fair of your youth–there isn’t a Judy Blume or Beverly Cleary tome in sight. But it is a literary food lover’s paradise–meet nearly 60 of your favorite foodie authors, including former Gourmet Editor and food critic Ruth Reichl, New York Times’ writer Kim Severson, actress/food writer Madhur Jaffrey, and local cookbook authors like Diane MorganIvy Manning, and Chef Lisa Schroeder. And, if you weren’t already excited enough, wine will be served.

This event will be held at the Oregon Convention Center from 1:3o-3:30pm tomorrow (4/23) afternoon. For more info and tickets, click here.>>

April 22, 2010

Chef Naoko Bento Opens For Dinner

This just in from Chef Naoko. If you haven’t tried her delicious and carefully-sourced Japanese cuisine in her serene downtown cafe (SW Jefferson & 12th), you really must. Now you can go for lunch OR dinner. For more info on the restaurant, see the Under the Table writeup here.

chefnaokobentoChef Naoko is now beginning the third summer season in business, and I have learned so much during this time.  I have made some great relationships with Oregon farmers and suppliers, and continue to get creative suggestions from my customers.  I thank all my customers for making Chef Naoko a success, and now it is time to graduate to  offer dinner service as well as lunches.  From May, Chef Naoko will be open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  There will be a new dinner menu, and I do hope that you get a chance to visit us for dinner.  Please see below for our new business hours. Read full story »

April 15, 2010

Sprigs and Foams and Balls In Your Teeth

It’s been a long while since I last passed through the doors of the Castagna dining room, and it seemed like last night was as good a night as any. I was plumb out of champagne and ham sandwiches, my usual Wednesday night dinner. I had a cute new outfit and felt like dressing up a little without enduring the hubbub of the Pearl. And I was curious–as you’ve likely heard unless you live in an earplug factory on Tristan da Cunha, Executive Chef Matt Lightner just won a Food and Wine Best New Chef 2010 award, to keep his 2010 James Beard Rising Star Chef nomination company. Read full story »

April 15, 2010

A Sad Farewell to Half & Half

halfhalfextI type this with a heavy heart, because Portland is losing one of its greatest, quirkiest, most delicious little eateries–after 10 years, Half & Half has been sold to Courier Coffee and will be leaving our lives, taking with it its unparalleled sandwich library, its damn fine pie and deviled eggs, its wonderful coffee, its wacky zine collection, its sea animal squirt guns and retro candy.

I wanted to post this letter, written by Robin Rosenberg, co-founder of Half and Half. It’s a lovely, lovely letter and will quite possibly leave you with a lump in your throat…and a craving for a fluffernutter sandwich and a grape Crush. Read full story »

April 13, 2010

The Best Client Meeting Ever

When I’m not obsessively hunting down new food finds for Under The Table or planning my next fictional trip to Spain or daydreaming about macarons or brainstorming destinations for Mette and I’s new picnic club or writing my upcoming guidebook (more details soon), I’m working with my lovely Wordcake Communications clients.

capitelloNormally I wouldn’t blog about a client meeting because well, on average, how interesting is a client meeting? But today, my meeting was exceptional! Not only is my potential client buying a wine club (fun!), but he came to lunch bearing gifts from the recent Spring Beer and Wine Festival, in which he was a participant. Read full story »

April 9, 2010

South Slavic Supper Club Starts Sunday

If you have yet to experience South Slavic home cooking, and I’d venture to guess few of us have, here is your chance–Chef John Goddard of Bistro Luka is kicking off a private supper club series beginning Sunday. Here’s his invite:


Hello friends,

I’m ready to power into spring with a series of private dining events dedicated to the beautiful home cooking of the South Slavic republics. The first dinner will be held this Sunday, April 11th at 7pm, but if you can’t attend, there will be more very soon. Here’s the menu: Read full story »

April 9, 2010

Food Alliance Scavenger Hunt Tomorrow!

Having trouble committing to Saturday plans because nothing feels quite right? Perhaps that’s because the Food Alliance Scavenger Hunt is that event you’ve been waiting for. Form a team, get free Hot Lips, meet neat people, use your encyclopedic Portland Food Knowledge to win fun prizes.


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April 8, 2010

New Digs, Same Delicious Cupcakes

If you have a serious cupcake addiction and live in the vicinity of SE Belmont and 33rd, it’s probably been a difficult past few weeks for you, what with Saint Cupcake being closed for its “super cute” remodel.

stcupcakeextThe newly (and aptly) named Saint Cupcake Deluxe shares its SE Belmont Street address (3300 SE Belmont to be exact) with magical marvelous wondrous den of treasures Noun: A Person’s Place For Things. Not only does Noun have the most gorgeous refrigerator on earth (a concord grape-purple Big Chill), but it’s also got one of the most lovingly curated collection of non-stinky antiques, jewelry, vintage glassware and other brick-a-brack in Portland. Noun used to occupy the front of the store while Saint Cupcake brought up the very rear, and as part of the remodel, the two have switched spots, so the first thing you see upon entering is cupcakes, glorious cupcakes. And sprinkles, lots of sprinkles. Read full story »

April 1, 2010

A Tasty State of Mind

tastyext2Jay-Z touts the Empire State of Mind, Steinbeck opined that Texas is a state of mind, and here in Portland, well, Brunch could probably be declared the official state of mind, at least on weekend mornings. So when some of us heard that the team behind one of Portland’s culinary bests, Toro Bravo, was opening a new brunch spot, Tasty n Sons, we dropped in a delighted faint, very nearly losing our spot in the Screen Door line. Read full story »