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This Week In Portland Food News: A Lake Oswego Tasting Room Opens, Star Bartenders Plan a New Project, and Feast Is Postponed

April 29, 2022 Edition
April 29, 2022
Willamette Valley Vineyards debuted its new Lake Oswego Tasting Room & Restaurant on Thursday. (Willamette Valley Vineyards)
Head into a delicious weekend with a collaborative residency from the pop-up Chelo and the Singaporean shop Sibeiho, a new Lake Oswego tasting room and restaurant from Willamette Valley Vineyards, spring specials from Portland Cà Phê and Salt & Straw, and more. Plus, get the latest updates on the Hillsboro Jollibee location, an upcoming bar from Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Benjamin Amberg of Clyde Common, and the status of the Feast Portland festival. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Chelo Add to a List and Sibeiho Add to a List
Want to mix up your lunch routine? Chef Luna Contreras' pop-up Chelo kicks off a new summer residency at the Singaporean shop and supper club Sibeiho tomorrow. Contreras and Sibeiho co-founder Holly Ong will serve an on-the-go lunch menu with items like burritos, rojo chicken, mapo tofu, fresh seasonal pickles, charred carrots with seasonal greens, pandan tres leches cake, and bun susi (a Eurasian sweet potato bun snack). The menu is available from 12-5 pm this Saturday and will then be available from 12-5 pm, Thursday through Saturday.
Nob Hill

Willamette Valley Vineyards Lake Oswego Tasting Room & Restaurant Add to a List
Willamette Valley Vineyards opened this location in Lake Oswego this Thursday, with a Pacific Northwest-inspired menu and a trellis patio with an outdoor fire pit. Each dish has a suggested wine pairing.
Lake Oswego


Jollibee Add to a List
An update for aficionados of the Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee, which we reported last week could be opening its first-ever Oregon outpost in Hillsboro Add to a List : The location has been confirmed to be opening in the Tanasbourne Village shopping 2024. If you can't wait until then to get your fix of Chickenjoy meals and peach mango pie, the closest Jollibee location is about a three-hour drive away in Tukwila, Washington.

Pacific Standard Add to a List
Star bartenders Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Benjamin Amberg, best known for their tenures at the influential Clyde Common Add to a List , plan to open this new hotel bar inside KEX Portland on June 1, according to a press release. In the release, Morgenthaler said, "At Pacific Standard, the cocktails are rooted in the classics, specifically inspired by the world's great hotel bars throughout history. Some of our takes, like our Lobby Irish Coffee and Draft Michelada, are odes to my California roots. Our beers and wines will be from the many small, local producers we've developed relationships with over our decades running bars in Portland and Eugene, and will almost exclusively all be served on draft." The West Coast-inspired food menu will feature oysters, Dungeness crab, artichokes, and other fresh vegetables.

Safframen Add to a List
This Japanese and Persian-influenced ramen shop, which serves soul-soothing plant-based noodles and broth and used to be located at the recently closed Shady Pines Vegan Food Court Add to a List , originally planned to reopen its new location in the Carts on Foster pod on Thursday; however, the opening has been delayed due to illness. Former Portland Mercury editor Blair Stenvick once wrote of Safframen, "The broth gave a nice kick to the perfectly pressed tofu and house-made noodles, which had a lovely soft, slightly chewy texture. I often find myself disappointed by giant ramen bowls overflowing with 10 different toppings, as the flavors can easily get muddled. But Safframen's broth and toppings were perfectly curated to create a simple, but lasting, impression. This is all I want to eat the next time there's a snow day in Portland."
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Street Disco Add to a List
This up-and-coming pop-up announced this week that it plans to open a brick-and-mortar location this summer. Further details have not yet been announced.

Trap Kitchen
The Portland branch of the wildly popular Oakland-based restaurant and catering company Trap Kitchen, which counts stars like SZA and Kendrick Lamar among its fans, will open a new restaurant inside the Roseland Theater on May 13.
Old Town-Chinatown


Cloudforest Add to a List
This whimsical chocolate cafe closes its current location tomorrow, but there's (no pun intended) a silver lining: Owner Sebastian Cisneros plans to reopen in a new location.


Feast postpones live events for this year
Portland's nationally acclaimed food festival Feast announced on Instagram this week that its live events planned for this September will be postponed. The post read, "Trust us, we are as disappointed as you but we know it’s the right decision to make. With all the challenges the hospitality industry is still facing, we want to be mindful of what we can do as a community to be more helpful and impactful and return at a time when we’re all ready to celebrate again. Feast Portland is not going away. We’re just going to pause a bit so we can come back stronger."

Two Portland-authored cookbooks receive James Beard nominations
Two cookbooks penned by Portland chefs are now in the running to receive recognition from the James Beard Foundation: Everyone’s Table by Gregory Gourdet and Grains for Every Season by Joshua McFadden were announced as finalists for the foundation's 2022 Media Awards on Tuesday.


Good Food Mercantile Portland 2022 Add to a List
This self-proclaimed "Un-Trade Show" created in partnership with the Oregon Department of Agriculture highlights the best food crafters and vendors in the country, with a focus on artisans from the Pacific Northwest.
Portland Night Market, Friday, 12-5 pm

Spring Drops with Landmass Wines and Tiny Fish Co. Add to a List
Enjoy glass pours of sparkling wines from Landmass Wines and tinned fish snacks from Top Chef Portland contestant Sara Hauman's recently launched brand Tiny Fish Co.
Wellspent Market, Friday, 5 pm

Gorge Wild Add to a List
This market-style takeover event will feature a wide selection of wild-fermented ciders from Hiyu Wine Farm, Son of Man, and Dwinell Country Ales.
Hood River Common House, Saturday, 4-9 pm

Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest Add to a List
Choose from over 40 ciders from more than 20 different cideries on tap, with producers from across Hood River County and elsewhere in the Northwest. The covered event also offers local music and a kid's area.
Hood River County Fairgrounds, Saturday, 11 am-7 pm

Chef's Tasting for No Kid Hungry Add to a List
Snack on bites from five of Portland's most sought-after chefs, including Karl Holl of Smith Teamaker, Carlo Lamagna of Magna, Troy MacLarty of Bollywood Theater, Thomas Pisha-Duffly of Gado Gado, and Scott Dolich of Stone Soup PDX, and partake in local beer, wine, cocktails, and zero-proof drinks. 100% of proceeds will benefit ChefsCycle’s No Kid Hungry fundraiser.
Finex Cast Iron Cookware, Saturday, 2-6 pm

Tiny Fish Co. Pop-Up Add to a List
Embrace the "hot girl food" du jour—tinned fish—with Top Chef Portland contestants Sara Hauman and Byron Gomez. The pop-up will feature four different snacks made with Tiny Fish Co. products, plus a handful of raffles for branded merch.
Bar Norman, Monday, 6-9 pm

Nano Beer Fest Add to a List
Taste beers from some of the best small breweries the Northwest has to offer at this biannual festival.
John's Marketplace, Friday-Sunday


Portland Cà Phê Add to a List
The popular Vietnamese coffee shop unveils its new spring drink menu this Saturday, with specials such as an orange and vanilla espresso tonic, pistachio matcha, ginger peach lemonade, and lychee lemonade.
Pickup, dine-in

Salt & Straw
In honor of spring, the artisan creamery debuts a new "Flower Power" series of floral flavors today. The lineup includes Jasmine Milk Tea & Chocolate Almond Stracciatella, Pistachio Rosewater with Strawberry Mochi, Rhubarb Crumble with Toasted Anise, Saffron & Honey with Crystalized Flower Petals, and Mathilde's Hibiscus & Coconut Sherbet.
Nob Hill, Vernon, Lake Oswego, Richmond
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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