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This Week In Portland Food News: Gregory Gourdet Opens A Bar, Voodoo Doughnut Workers Unionize, and Captain Ankeny's Says Goodbye

September 30, 2022 Edition
September 29, 2022
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Sousòl, the new pan-Caribbean bar in the basement of Gregory Gourdet's Haitian restaurant Kann, sports a plush pink banquette and fetching green wallpaper. (Zach Lewis)
Haven't been able to snag a reservation at Top Chef star Gregory Gourdet's buzzy Haitian restaurant Kann? Try your luck at Sousòl, his chic new pan-Caribbean bar, which currently accepts walk-ins only. Read about that and more food news, from a vegan Kenyan food cart to the unionization of Voodoo Doughnut, below. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS

Maisha Add to a List
This vegan cart specializing in Kenyan cuisine opened inside the Piknik Park pod on September 1, serving hard-to-find dishes like sukuma wiki (braised kale with tomatoes and cumin), matoke (banana curry), and ugali (a maize flour-based porridge).
Sellwood
Pickup, dine-in

Sousòl Add to a List
According to a press release, chef Gregory Gourdet has opened this highly anticipated pan-Caribbean bar located in the basement of his celebrated Haitian restaurant Kann Add to a List , which debuted in August Add to a List . Named for the Haitian Creole word for "basement," the stylish space is decked out with bright pink banquettes, dark green wallpaper, and a citrus tree illustration. Gourdet has been openly sober for over 13 years, so zero-proof drinks naturally figure prominently on the menu, ranging from the "Konkonm" (cucumber and ginger-black pepper-lime syrup) to the "Fwi Pasyon 11" (passionfruit, spiced banana shrub, and ginger). The bar also features an ample selection of Caribbean-inspired full-proof drinks, such as the "Personality Test" (raicilla, tequila, peppercorn cordial, and grapefruit curd) and the "Djon Djon Djin" (rye, apple brandy, arak, Cynar, and Haitian black mushroom). To eat, there's a menu of bar snacks, including salt cod fritters, doubles, and Trini-Chinese chicken wings. The bar currently accepts walk-ins only, making it an ideal option if you can't secure reservations to Kann, although it may begin taking reservations in the future.
Buckman
Dine-in

CLOSURES

Canteen Add to a List
After a decade of business, this beloved cafe known for its juices and vegan fare closed its Lake Oswego location on Wednesday and is closing its Southeast Stark Street location today. An announcement on Instagram read, "Thank you for the opportunity to connect with you and feed you over the years, it’s by far the most rewarding part of what we do. If you have the time, please swing by and let us make you one last treat. We would love to see ya."
Sunnyside, Lake Oswego

Captain Ankeny's Add to a List
This Old Town watering hole known for its deep-dish pizzas closes for good after 38 years today. In an email to Willamette Week, owner Jon Abrahamson attributed the closure to the "general poor condition of downtown" and a lack of traffic (due to many workers not returning to the area after the changes of the pandemic).
Old Town-Chinatown

Prescott Cafe Add to a List
Cully's 28-year-old mom-and-pop diner closes its doors permanently today due to owner Rose Funk's retirement.
Cully

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Voodoo Doughnut workers vote to unionize
The workers of Voodoo Doughnut's Old Town location voted to form a union on Tuesday, with 16 votes in favor of unionizing and 6 against. Employees hope that the union will result in higher wages, improved working conditions, better safety measures, and better scheduling, among other changes. In a statement to Eater Portland, Voodoo Doughnut said that it was "disappointed" by the result, writing that they "continue to believe working directly together is the best for our employees."

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

PDX Fresh Hops Festival Add to a List
It's the most wonderful time of the year for beer lovers: fresh hop season! Fresh hop beers are made from hops processed no more than 24 hours after being harvested, resulting in brews with a milder, more botanical profile and less bitterness. This festival in its 18th year will feature over 30 fresh hop creations from brewers across Oregon, plus live music and more festivities.
Oaks Amusement Park

Zoiglfest 2022 Add to a List
This event invites you to "loosen up your lederhosen" with beer sampling, live music, family-friendly activities, pretzels and brats, yard games, and a fashion show. Five percent of sales will benefit the Lents International Farmers Market.
The ZED

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

69th Annual Portland Greek Festival Add to a List
Opa! Celebrate all things Greek culture at the largest Greek festival on the west coast—it often draws crowds of 15,000 or more. Head to the agora for imported merch, flokati rugs, cookbooks, and more, and don't miss the mouth-watering cooking demonstrations, traditional Greek tunes, and Hellenic dancers in cultural costumes.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Beaverton Restaurant Week Add to a List
Try menu items created exclusively for Beaverton Restaurant Week at an array of restaurants across Beaverton, including 1st Street Pocha, Afuri Izakaya, Ex Novo Brewing, Hapa Pizza, Top Burmese Bistro Royale, and more. 
Various locations

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

Oktoberfest at Olympia Provisions Add to a List
Prepare to hoist foamy steins aloft at this Oktoberfest celebration with Olympia Provisions and Rosenstadt Beer. Festivities include special seasonal sausages, other traditional Oktoberfest fare, games (including stein-holding and hammerschlagen), prizes, live music, a ceremonial tapping, and of course, plenty of beer. Both canines and humans dressed in lederhosen will receive a free spin on the prize wheel.
Olympia Provisions Public House, 2-9 pm

Oktoberfest at Paddy's Add to a List
The Irish pub Paddy's will transform into a German beer hall for the day with authentic beer steins, Bavarian music, traditional German food, raffles, and other "German shenanigans." Lederhosen and dirndls are highly encouraged—a prize will be awarded to the best dressed guest. Each $10 entry ticket benefits Friends of the Children.
Paddy's Bar & Grill, 12 pm-2 am

Hood River Hops Fest Add to a List
This acclaimed annual fresh hop festival, which took home a silver medal for Best Beer Festival at the Oregon Beer Awards, will offer over 40 fresh hop beers from 30 different breweries, along with food vendors and live music.
Columbia Lot, 12-7 pm

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2

Lardo's 10 Year Anniversary with Quasi and Help Add to a List
Beloved sandwich hub Lardo is celebrating its 10th birthday with a free concert across the street from its Hawthorne location featuring legendary Portland indie rock project Quasi, led by Janet Weiss (formerly of Sleater-Kinney) and Sam Coomes, alongside noise punk band Help.
Lardo, 2 pm

OCTOBER 3-9

Portland Wing Week 2022 Add to a List
What, dear reader, was the greatest week of your life? Think back on that moment. Treasure its beautiful memory. Then THROW IT IN THE TRASH, because the Portland Mercury’s Portland Wing Week is about to make every other week you’ve ever experienced look like GARBAGE. That’s right: From Monday, October 3 to Sunday, October 9, the Portland Mercury’s Portland Wing Week returns—with 27 one-of-a-kind chicken wings available at some of Portland’s favorite bars and restaurants! Even better? Each order of wings will only cost you a mere $6!
Various locations

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY THROUGH NOVEMBER 16

The Alice: An Immersive Cocktail Experience Add to a List
Xico's getting curiouser and curiouser in this boozy 90-minute journey down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland. The Alice, an "immersive cocktail experience," combines riddle-filled theatrical performance with interactive elements—you'll gulp down magical cocktails, devour an “Eat Me” cookie, and more on your trip through the looking glass.
Xico

SPECIALS

Doe Donuts Add to a List
The vegan donut mainstay plans to launch its series of limited-time October flavors on October 4. The business's Instagram has teased autumnal flavors such as curried butternut squash, caramel apple old-fashioned, pumpkin tres leches, and butterscotch apple fritters.
Hollywood District
Pickup, delivery

Jojo Add to a List
Stoners and spice fiends, rejoice: The fried chicken favorite Jojo, which recently opened its first brick-and-mortar Add to a List , is now serving a spicy loaded version of its namesake potato wedge dish, complete with Nashville hot chicken seasoning, cheddar and American cheese, Crystal hot sauce honey, sambal mayo, pepper relish, fried shallots, and chives.
Northwest
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Salt & Straw
It's not officially spooky season until Salt & Straw drops its annual hair-raising fall menu, which comes out today and is available through Halloween. The "Ice SCREAM" series includes such spine-chilling flavors as "Double Bubble Toil & Trouble" (a vegan bubblegum flavor), "The Great Candycopia" (pieces of house-made Kit Kats, Reese's, Snickers, and Heath bars in a salted butterscotch ice cream), "Don Bugito's Creepy Crawly Critters" (matcha ice cream with toffee-brittle mealworms and chocolate crickets), "Jack-o'-Lantern Pumpkin Bread" (a pumpkin flavor with warm spices, chunks of pumpkin bread, and swirls of cream cheese frosting), and "Black Cat Licorice & Lavender" (salted lavender ice cream with an anise and fennel caramel).
Nob Hill, Richmond, Vernon, Lake Oswego
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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