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This Week In Portland Food News: An Inclusive Wine Bar Arrives, Reverend Nat's Says Goodbye, and Guy Fieri Highlights a Redmond Spot

September 8, 2023 Edition
September 8, 2023
Founders Vivianne Kennedy and Cristina Gonzales debut Community Wine Bar, which aims to make wine accessible to all, this weekend. (Community Wine Bar)
This weekend brings the arrival of Community Wine Bar, which aims to do away with snobbery by making wine more accessible for all. Plus, Buddy's Steaks and Reverend Nat's Hard Cider say goodbye, and Guy Fieri puts the spotlight on an Oregon restaurant. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


All Blue Poke List
This spot serving customizable poké bowls, sushi burritos, and sushi rolls opened on SE Hawthorne Blvd in mid-August.
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Community Wine Bar List
According to a press release, RAM Cellars founder Vivianne Kennedy and Gonzales Wine Co. owner Cristina Gonzales will host the grand opening of this wine bar dedicated to serving marginalized communities in the former Woven Wineworks space this weekend, with pizza from Lük Allen Wylde of Statera Cellars and Lares Wines on Saturday and savory paella balls from Koop Kitchen on Sunday (both available from 1 pm until sold out). The business will cater to underrepresented demographics in the wine world by offering programming such as wine tastings in Spanish and pop-ups selling products from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ business owners.
John's Landing
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E-San Thai List
The popular Northern Thai staple recently expanded with a new cart in Hillsboro.
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Killer Banh Mi List
You'll find bánh mì stuffed with flavorful fillings like bang shrimp, chicken katsu, bulgogi beef, char siu ribs, and honey sriracha chicken at this Vietnamese restaurant, which launched at the end of August. The menu also features rice and noodle plates, wings, egg rolls, potstickers, iced Vietnamese coffee, and Thai iced tea.
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Buddy's Steaks List
Co-owner Buddy Richter announced via Instagram this week that his plant-based Philly cheesesteak cart will close permanently on September 17, writing, "It’s been an incredible ride which I am profoundly grateful for, but it’s time I take an indefinite break to focus on my own mental and physical health. I am tremendously thankful for the opportunity your support has given me for the past two years. It is a difficult decision, but for the first time in my life I am stepping away from something I love deeply in order to prioritize myself and make the necessary changes to live a more positive and balanced lifestyle."

Reverend Nat's Hard Cider List
It's the end of an era: Portland's pioneering cidery Reverend Nat's List , known for its esoteric concoctions, is bidding farewell on September 24. Founder Nat West wrote on Instagram, "Please don’t be sad! We’ve had an incredible run and I met so many amazing people and shared so many wonderful experiences. It’s been the best job I’ve ever had. The last few years has been hard on us with COVID closures, changing consumer preferences, the sputtering of craft beer overall, and the decline of Portland as a worldwide tourism destination. But there is not a single reason why we are closing, just a combination of factors." He invites fans to come pay their respects before the closure and to celebrate at a going-away party on September 23. He'll also share three final releases in the experimental Tent Show series (including one fittingly titled Swan Song) and non-alcoholic cider in cans for the first time.


Guy Fieri features Feast Food Company
The Food Network's spike-haired king of kitsch Guy Fieri paid a visit to the Redmond restaurant Feast Food Company List , which specializes in "fresh PNW ingredients with a Southern twist," on a new episode of his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, which aired last Friday. 



1979 Pale Ale Release Party Past Event List
The beloved Portland institution Elephants Deli has been feeding the community since 1979. Award-winning craft brewery Migration Brewing has created a new "refreshing, fruity" IPA, the 1979 Pale Ale, in their honor, specifically designed to pair well with all your deli favorites. Be among the first to try it while lounging on the patio and scarfing down unholy amounts of pizza and antipasti.
Elephants Delicatessen, 4-6 pm


Goat Blocks Block Party Past Event List
There haven’t been goats in these parts since the displacement of the Belmont Goats nearly a decade ago, but goats will return to the block this Saturday for a neighborhood celebration! Pet baby goats, enjoy live music from singer-songwriter Ryan Petersen, sample drinks, and check out what Goat Blocks businesses and neighbors like Kachka, Hopscotch, and Schilling Cider House have in store. We even heard that gelato for dogs will be available! SHANNON LUBETICH
Goat Blocks, 12-5 pm

Johnstoberfest 2023 Past Event List
The local craft beer and wine mecca John's Marketplace will celebrate Oktoberfest at all three of its locations with a mix of "international classics and local festbiers," plus a ceremonial keg tapping, steinholding contests, and live music. Forty dollars ($50 at the door) gets you a custom glass, six drink tickets, a brat, and a pretzel.
John's Marketplace, 2-7 pm

Free Coffee Cuppings! Remind List
If you're looking to expand your java knowledge, look no further than this complimentary coffee cupping. Sip a few different brews, savor their tastes and aromas, and participate in a discussion.
Nossa Familia Coffee, 10:30-11:30 am

Belmont Street Fair Past Event List
Don't miss one of the city's most well-attended street fairs! Held annually on the second Saturday of September, the Belmont Street Fair closes off a stretch of road to cars and opens it up for a variety of food, drink, and retail vendors. Enjoy the newly extended fair (now stretching down to 31st) and added kids’ zone, as well as three different stages featuring live music and performances. SHANNON LUBETICH
SE 33rd & Belmont, 10 am-5 pm


Serbian Fest Portland Past Event List
Serbian hospitality will be on full display as you learn about the culture, customs, and spirit of the Balkan country at this annual festival. Try traditional Serbian roast pig and lamb dishes, and watch (or join in on!) traditional kolo dancing and singing. If you need some liquid encouragement to participate, there will also be beer and wine. SHANNON LUBETICH
St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Milwaukie


The meme-loving fried chicken haven Jojo is featuring two employee-created specials right now: a hearty torta with grilled pork, pickled onions, black beans, avocado, Duke's mayo, and cilantro lime slaw, served on a bolillo with salsas on the side, and a Shrek-inspired cocktail dubbed "Ogre the Moon" (Jamaican rum, lychee liqueur, house-made kiwi syrup, lime, and a lychee-blueberry garnish). A portion of sales will go directly to the employees who created the menu items.
Pearl District
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Montelupo Market List
The deli and restaurant will stock maritozzi—Italian brioche-style buns bursting with sweetened cream—in its pastry case for the next few weeks.
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Ruthie's List
This seasonal wood-fired cart introduced its new menu this week. The lineup includes a barley salad with corn and peppers; a tomato salad with peaches, tomatoes, and burrata; padrón peppers; and a bone-in pork chop with pork jus and Jupiter grapes.
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