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This Week In Portland Food News: Two New Cafes Open, A Fire Destroys Fifty Licks, and Bambuza Says Goodbye

May 17, 2024 Edition
May 16, 2024
The team behind Stem Wine Bar debuted cafe service this week. (Stem Cafe)
This week brings an influx of caffeine in the form of the new coffee shops Lux Coffee Lounge and Stem Cafe. Read up on that and more of the latest culinary updates, including where to find brisket-topped pizza this weekend and how to support Fifty Licks after a recent fire. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Lux Coffee Lounge List
Bridgetown Bites reports that co-owners Samir Abdul and Olesya Palamanchuk recently opened this elegant-looking coffee shop on SE Division Street, serving a selection of tea, espresso, pastries, sandwiches, crêpes, toast, and more.

Stem Cafe List
Surprise: wife-and-wife team Trang Nguyen Tan and Wei-En Tan have opened Stem Wine Bar List for cafe service during the day. They describe the concept as "a cutie French Vietnamese style cafe with delicious wines, coffee, pastries, bánh mì and more" and are partnering with local businesses Matcha Freak and Portland Cà Phê List as well as the New York-based brand Gay Awakening Coffee.


Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen List
The family-owned Vietnamese chain closed its South Waterfront outpost on Monday and is eyeing the downtown area for a new location.
South Waterfront


Fifty Licks damaged by fire
The flagship location of the ice cream shop Fifty Licks List at Southeast 28th Avenue and Burnside Street and two neighboring businesses (the vintage shop Wild Stallyns and the salon Cream List ) were destroyed by a massive fire last week. If you'd like to support Fifty Licks while they work to get back on their feet, you can donate to their GoFundMe, visit their other two locations, purchase a digital gift card, or book their truck for a catering event.



Geraldine DeRuiter in conversation with Andi Zeisler Past Event List
If you haven't had a chance to read James Beard Award-winning local writer Geraldine DeRuiter's fierce, incendiary viral essay "I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter," go do that right now. Her hysterical review of an absurdly bad meal at the Michelin-starred restaurant Bros. is equally worth your time. Luckily for us all, DeRuiter has brought her scathing wit to a new collection of essays entitled If You Can't Take the Heat: Tales of Food, Feminism, and Fury, which contains yarns ranging from her obsession with meal planning for the apocalypse ("You are probably deeply worried that in desperate times, I would eat your pets. And yes, I absolutely would") to learning how to embrace being hangry. She'll stop by Powell's for a scintillating conversation with Andi Zeisler, cofounder of Bitch Media and author of We Were Feminists Once.
Powell's City of Books, 7 pm


Oregon AAPI Food and Wine Fest Past Event List
Oregon Wine Month and AAPI Heritage Month coincide in May, and this event combines the two with a seriously stacked lineup of 22 AAPI-owned restaurants and wineries, plus a mobile dry bar. Nosh on fare from local favorites like Magna Kubo, Hapa Pizza, Xiao Ye, Yaowarat, Kim Jong Grillin, and Frybaby while enjoying wine from CHO Wines, Et Fille, Hundred Suns, Kristof Farms, and more. Your ticket gets you a souvenir cup and a passport to taste 12 bites and 10 wines, plus two tastes from the dry bar.
Stoller Family Estate, Dayton, 11 am-8 pm


GNARFEST Past Event List
Founded by the team behind the vegan comfort food destination GNARLYS and now run by Headup Events, GNARFEST features plant-based food and products from 50 vendors, plus a photo booth, flash tattoos, giveaways, cocktails, mocktails, and a raffle benefiting the local nonprofit Meals On Us. Plus, the festivities will be followed by a pop punk/emo-themed dance party with a live performance by the PNW grunge pop-punk group Chlorine and a themed playlist from DJ Bawdyheat, so you can sing along with all your favorite lovelorn lyrics.
GNARLYS, 2-8 pm


2nd Annual Veganizer Pan-Asian Celebration Past Event List
In honor of AANHPI Heritage Month, Veganizer has gathered several participants from cultures across Asia in order to "celebrate the diversity of Asian restaurants in Portland and the intersection between Asian culture and vegan cuisine." The eight-course tasting menu will feature Indian fare from Bhuna, Thai fare from Norah, Japanese fare from Obon Shokudo, Vietnamese fare from Friendship Kitchen, Palestinian fare from Jawaher, Sri Lankan fare from Mirista, Indonesian fare from Wajan and Pasar, Filipino-Chinese-Chamorro fare from Jade Rabbit, and Singaporean fare from Waz Wu of Veganizer. It's a rare opportunity to sample plant-based dishes from some the most coveted names in Portland's culinary scene in one place, and a portion of proceeds will benefit APANO's mission to "build power, develop leaders, and advance equity through organizing, advocacy, community development and cultural work."
Mestizo, 5-8 pm


Come Thru Market Remind List
This anti-racist incubator market puts the spotlight on Black and Indigenous farmers, makers, and friends, joyfully supporting "BIPOC growers in taking their small business dreams to the farmers market environment." Take a stroll, peruse the stalls, and purchase wares ranging from baked goods to hot sauce to handmade pasta.
The Redd on Salmon, 3-7 pm


Fools and Horses List
The stylish cocktail bar is serving a new cocktail called the "Hanami," featuring "floral and creamy notes with a little citrusy pop" and made with mezcal, rice lager punch, blood orange, Earl Grey tea, and lemon.
Pearl District

Paladin Pie List
The Dungeons & Dragons-themed pizzeria's newest special pie is the "Smithy," created in collaboration with its barbecue joint neighbor Wonderboy’s Smokestack List : brisket, toasted corn, cheddar, house-made barbecue sauce, and a take on dukkah made with cornflakes. They're also bringing back their popular "Familiar" pie with roasted sweet peppers, Italian sausage, lemony ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan.

The Pie Spot
Let strawberry season commence: The Pie Spot is now serving a seasonal strawberry cheesecake pie topped with a cloud of whipped cream.
Kerns, Montavilla

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