Even though indoor dining has been closed again, you can still treat your mother figure to a festive Mother's Day safely. We've rounded up takeout and outdoor dining specials from local restaurants, gift ideas, and socially distanced events around town, like Mother's Day in the Garden at Luscher Farm City Park and the Mother's Day Bird Walk, so that you can still celebrate in style. Whether you want to lavish your mom with cakes from Papa Haydn or gift packages from Tender Loving Empire, you'll find something here to suit her tastes. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.
Aimsir Distilling Company
The recently opened distillery has a five-course Mother's Day menu with scones with butter and jam, a spring salad, tomato-braised rockfish on polenta, house-made potato gnocchi with nettle pesto, and strawberry shortcake, as well as a mint julep cocktail and a bottle of Pinot Noir Rosé. Pre-orders must be placed by May 6 for pickup from 4-8 pm on May 8.
Top Chef star Doug Adams' Tex-Mex-inspired restaurant has you covered with an à la carte takeout menu that includes a bouquet of Colibri flowers, a smoked and braised lamb dinner, an albacore tuna loin dinner, grilled scallop tostadas, Mishima Ranch beef carpaccio, shrimp cocktail, hummus with spring vegetables, roasted beets, mini chocolate strawberry cakes, brunch boxes, cocktails, wine, and more. Pickup is available from May 7-9.
The Italian market is offering a variety of Mother's Day specials, including a tongue-in-cheek "closet picnic for one" (canned wine, cookies, a chocolate bar, and a beeswax candle) for Mom to enjoy alone in her cupboard or closet of choice, a park picnic set with sandwiches, salads, cheese, crackers, and olives, a brunch picnic set with an asparagus frittata and rhubarb coffee cake, a DIY brunch kit, and a date night bundle with pasta, salad, wine, cheese, and dessert.
Gluten Free Gem Bakery
If your mom doesn't eat gluten and prefers her flowers in buttercream form, treat her to a four-pack of cupcakes decorated to resemble some spring blooms from the gluten-free bakery. Choose from vegan (two pink lemonade cupcakes and and two chocolate caramel cupcakes) or classic (vanilla raspberry or carrot cream cheese), or try one of each. Pickup is available from May 7-8.
The pastry and chocolate shop is baking up gianduja macarons and other treats for Mother's Day week.
Montelupo Italian Market
The Italian market is celebrating its inaugural Mother's Day with a takeout feast for four that comes with fresh house-made tagliatelle, a quart of sausage ragù bianco, grated Grana Padano, roasted cauliflower and broccolini, gremolata-marinated ricotta salata, a large arugula salad with fennel, radish, and lemon vinaigrette, and a lemon poppyseed cake with strawberry-rosewater buttercream.
The Mexican restaurant is using the occasion to unveil its new brunch program, which features dishes like chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, breakfast tacos, and more. Reservations are full, but they'll have a limited number of tables for walk-ins.
The French-influenced, seafood-centric bistro has a three-course family-style prix-fixe menu with seared albacore tuna nicoise, coq au vin, and delice de bourgogne cheese with strawberries for dessert, available for outdoor dining with reservations or for takeout with pre-orders.
Pickup or outdoor seating
The iconic Portland dessert haven has a box of treats just for Mother's Day, packed with a "rhubarbarella (pistachio cake, rhubarb mousse, and fresh strawberries in a glass jar), chocolate-caramel cutcake (layers of chocolate cake and caramel cream cheese filling, finished with milk and dark chocolate ganache), a lemon curd tart with raspberry ganache, and a sugar cookie decorated with pansies from the restaurant's garden. They've also got plenty of other Mother's Day sweets, including bags of spring meringue kisses and whole cakes. Orders can be placed through May 2 and picked up from 2-10 pm, May 8-9.
Petunia's Pies & Pastries
The vegan and gluten-free bakery will be baking up Mother's Day specials like vanilla "babycakes" with rose buttercream and pistachios, blackberry lemon sandwich cookies, watercolor sugar cookies, and special cakes and doughnuts. They'll also have a selection of whole breakfast pastries and take-and-bake biscuits, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, blueberry lemon scones, and cheddar herb scones for your Mother's Day brunch table.
Pickup or delivery
The French-inspired bakery is offering its Mother's Day tea set in takeout form, with a selection of sweet and savory bites and local tea from Jasmine Pearl Tea. Pickup is available from 10 am-1 pm on May 9. They also have bottles of Champagne and a selection of cakes, macarons, petit-fours, and other stunning cakes available for pre-order—special orders are guaranteed if placed one week in advance and may be able to be accommodated with 24 hours' notice.
Pickup or delivery
Show your mom it's hip to be square with Detroit-style pizza from Pop Pizza, which is offering combos with pizzas, cookie squares, and treats from local chocolatier Cloudforest. Add on flowers, wine, and other treats. Pickup is available from 1-4 pm, May 8-9.
The esteemed steakhouse is offering a Mother's Day meal kit with Caesar salad, roasted Yukon gold potatoes, grilled Washington asparagus, two prime filets and six jumbo wild gulf prawns, and a chocolate lava cake. Pickup is available from 12-2 pm on May 8. They'll also have outdoor seating available by reservation.
Pickup or outdoor seating
Sisters Gourmet Deli
The deli will have some of its signature chocolate-covered strawberries and other treats for Mother's Day.
Pickup or delivery
Stem Wine Bar
Oenophile and/or chocoholic moms will be delighted by a wine and chocolate flight from Stem Wine Bar, available for pickup or free delivery on May 9.
Pickup or delivery
The restaurant will have a gourmet gift package with a collection of local goods, including Olympia Provisions finocchiona salami, McTavish chocolate-covered shortbread cookies, SouperNatural Fire Roasted Tomato & Artichoke sauce, Rose City Pepperheads pepper jelly, Elki water crackers, and Northwest smoked salmon. If you opt to pick up your order, you can also add on tenderloin filets or Northwest wine.
Pickup or shipping
Pioneer Courthouse Square
For an unconventional offering that will likely outlive us all, get your mom's name engraved on a brick in Pioneer Courthouse Square for a cool $125, which comes with a Certificate of Brick Ownership signed by the Mayor of Portland. Orders placed on or before August 1 will be included in their fall 2021 engraving.
Moms who like flowers but don't care for meticulously tending to them might enjoy Pistil's Mother's Day Gift Box, which comes with a sturdy, coral-hued Anthurium in a soft planter, along with an illustrated botanical tea towel designed by Ohio studio Hazelmade, a bath bomb by Eugene's Entangled Biome, and a personal message printed on an illustrated card made in Portland. Order by Friday, April 30 for Mother's Day delivery.
Tender Loving Empire
Tender Loving Empire's Mother's Day collection features both individual items (ceramic mugs, salted caramels, candles galore) and care packages (like an anxiety-quelling parcel with small-batch health and beauty products from Urb Apothecary and Bell Mountain Naturals and a wine lover's package that comes with three canned Oregon wines, a stemless glass, and chocolate seafoam, plus a travel candle and some bath salts).
Mother's Day Bird Walk
Does your mom fancy herself an amateur ornithologist? Take her to this 10-person bird walk in Kelley Park—one of Portland's best spots to spot migratory creatures—led by naturalists Thomas Meinzen and Ryan Gilpin.
Kelley Point Park (Sun May 9)
Mother's Day in the Garden
The Rogerson Clematis Garden in West Linn's Luscher Farm City Park invites motherly figures to enjoy the blossoming flowers, witness a potting demo, enter raffles, and take a socially distanced docent-led tour on Mother's Day.
Luscher Farm City Park (Sun May 9)