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This Week In Portland Food News: Reverend Nat's Hard Cider Moves, A New '70s-Inspired Bar Arrives, and Kornblatt's Says Goodbye

March 24, 2023 Edition
March 24, 2023
Reverend Nat's unveils its new taproom next to the Farmhouse Carts pod today. (Reverend Nat's Hard Cider)
This week, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider opens its new taproom, the team who brought you Pink Rabbit launches a retro cocktail bar, and the new Mediterranean spot Zula brings the flavors of Tel Aviv to Portland. Plus, you have one more week to pay your respects to the decades-old Jewish deli Kornblatt's. Read on for all of that and more culinary updates, plus events happening this weekend, like Women Crushing Wine. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Dirty Pretty List
Pink Rabbit List owner Collin Nicholas debuted this “whimsical but moody” cocktail bar in the former Bar Dune List space on Tuesday. Drawing inspiration from the '70s, the space features details like wooden beaded curtains, earth tones, and custom patterned wallpaper. Executive chef Alex Wong provides Hawaiian-influenced bar snacks like fried saimin (noodle soup) and rabbit confit spring rolls, while beverage director Ben Purvis has created a cocktail menu with spins on screwdrivers and mezcal margaritas.
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Meet Fresh List
Last Saturday, the Taiwanese dessert shop chain Meet Fresh, which operates over 30 locations in the United States, soft opened its first Oregon location in Old Town-Chinatown, slinging treats like tofu pudding, shaved ice, grass jelly, and purple rice.
Old Town-Chinatown
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Reverend Nat's Hard Cider List
Portland's resident "single-minded cider evangelist" Nat West has moved out of his Eliot production facility and is opening in a new space next to the Farmhouse Carts pod today. West noted on Twitter, "There’s still a ton of work to do over the coming weeks so come in early & often to watch things continue to come together." The new taproom is slated to host a grand opening in July.
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Votum Restaurant List
According to a press release, chef Sarah Doyle and maître d'hôtel Nathan Ricker, who met while working at the now-closed, three-Michelin-starred restaurant Manresa in California, recently opened this upscale restaurant in the Columbia River Gorge. Doyle's locally sourced menu offers a nine-course tasting menu and à la carte options, with permanent dishes like "forest risotto" and Manhattan steak alongside a rotating selection of fresh seafood. The space also features two deck ovens, a saltwater live tank, and an open kitchen.
Hood River
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Zula List
Tel Aviv-born owner Tal Dubitski opened this vibrant Mediterranean restaurant in the Nob Hill neighborhood last Friday, March 17, serving dishes like Moroccan salmon skewers, shaved cauliflower salad, hummus, and goat cheese cheesecake, according to a press release.
Nob Hill
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Labyrinth Forge Brewing List
This nanobrewery plans to open in the former Hair of the Dog Brewing List space this summer.


Kornblatt's List
Pastrami lovers all over Portland mourned when the city's oldest Jewish deli announced on Sunday that it will be closing at the end of March after 30 years of business. The business didn't give a reason for the closure, writing in a Facebook post: "We truly appreciate all of our customers and we are sad about closing. Please come visit us before our last day."
Nob Hill

Xico List
This Mexican favorite in the Richmond neighborhood shuttered on March 14, citing COVID closures, snow days, a lack of traffic, rising costs, and high staff turnover as factors contributing to the closure.



Tamales Festival
Past Event List Wrapped up in corn husks or banana leaves, tamales are the presents of the culinary world. Treat yourself to a bevy of these handcrafted delicacies at the Portland Mercado's festival, which will offer exclusive specials from businesses representing various regions across Latin America.
Portland Mercado, 11 am-8 pm


Free Coffee Cuppings! Past Event 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

Love in Action Bake Sale
Past Event List
In honor of Women's History Month, the whimsical bake shop and ice creamery Holler Treats is throwing a bake sale that will raise funds for Rose Haven, a nonprofit day shelter and community center. Donations of items like new cosmetics, socks, underwear, and bras will also be accepted while you pick up treats from Saint Frances, Jen's Pastries, Little Red's Bakeshop, Zuckercreme, and many more lovely bakers.
Holler Treats, 11 am-2 pm

Celebrating Women in Wine
Past Event List To celebrate Women's History Month, Ponzi Vineyards will host a tour and tasting experience honoring winemaker Luisa Ponzi. You'll get to traipse through the winery, gawk at its gravitational flow systems, and taste wines curated by Luisa and Ponzi assistant winemaker Julia Cresto. The event also includes a lunch inspired by The Ponzi Vineyards Cookbook by Nancy Ponzi.
Ponzi Vineyards


Women Crushing Wine Past Event List
Taste vino from over 14 women-owned Oregon wineries and chat with the winemakers. If you're peckish, Enoteca Nostrana's longtime cook Griselda will be slinging tacos on the patio.
Enoteca Nostrana, 12-4 pm


Portland Brewery Dining Month Past Event List
Nine Portland breweries will prove that they're not just a one-trick pony by showing off enticing food options in addition to their beer. All participating locations will offer a $35 three-course meal with an appetizer, entree, dessert, a drink (beer, house wine, or non-alcoholic beverage), and a $10 voucher for your next meal.
Various locations


Freeland Spirits List
Greet the season with Freeland Spirits' new spring-inspired flight, which comes with four gorgeously garnished cocktails: "Spring Fever" (Freeland Bourbon, grapefruit and lemon juice, rhubarb bitters, rosemary simple syrup, and Peychaud’s bitters), "Life's a Peach" (Freeland Bourbon, peach nectar, lemon juice, orange cream bitters, chamomile-thyme simple syrup, and pink salt), "Lychee Blossom" (Freeland Dry Gin, lychee purée, coconut water, lemon juice, orgeat, rose water, and rose bitters), and "Garden Goddess" (Freeland Gin, matcha, lemon and lime juice, lavender simple syrup, and lavender bitters).
Nob Hill

Kate's Ice Cream List
The vegan ice creamery is featuring four new seasonal flavors for spring: Blue Moon (a classic Midwest flavor that tastes like Froot Loops), Salted Chocolate Pretzel, Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake, and Birthday Cake.
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My-O-My List
While you wait for season three of The White Lotus, sip My-O-My's frosty cocktail of the same name, made with Montelobos Mezcal and a coconut juice blend.
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