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June 18th, 2003 12:00 am Caryn B. Brooks | z-Miss Dish

Assorted and Sundry

Gentle Reader,
You know how hot the Ripe consortium is--the catering, the coffee shop, the underground/above-ground family suppers. It's kinda old news, really, except there's newish news. Josh Shartzer, the chef who got props leading the Pearl's 750 mL into the spotlight, has left the wineshop-cum-eatery to join the X-Men of Ripe as a chef-in-residence. He'll be helping out all around. But that's not the only transfer in Josh's life--he tells Miss Dish that he's legally changed his last name to Blythe. Is he that eager to shake off the memories of 750 mL? Not quite. He says he's changed his surname to match his mother's because the lack of male heirs on her side of the family means the name will die off. Since he's not affiliated with his biological father, Josh decided he wanted to carry the maternal family name forth. Cool. Also joining the Ripe work force as a chef is Tommy Habetz, who has kitchen time at Mario Batali's Lupa in N.Y.C. on his résumé. Tommy's heading up the family-supper segment.


Recent restaurant deaths to report: The Ivy House and Rustica. R.I.P.


Has someone upped the ante on Chinese cuisine in town? Longtime Chinatown anchor Seven Stars has reopened fully remodeled and boasting chefs imported from Canton. An attached cocktail-slinging bar called Susie Wong's Lounge has also swung open its doors. Wong, the owner, claims she has the cleanest bathrooms in Chinatown. Who cares about bathrooms? Let's just see how good the duck is. Check it out at 205 NW 4th Ave., 228-2888.


Eric Ripert alert! Seems the boy-wonder chef from Le Bernardin in New York is coming to Portland to promote his new manual, A Return to Cooking, at In Good Taste on June 19 from 11 am to 1 pm. He'll also be hooking up with the Heathman's man wonder, Philippe Boulot, that night, offering dishes created from his book. Call the Heathman at 790-7752 for reservations.


A Miss Dish follow-up! Last week she reported on the state of corkage fees in the city. Some restaurants not included in the survey wanted their say. Reps from Southpark wrote in to report that their fee is a measly $7.50, and the more casual Manzana contacted Miss Dish to let her know it has no fee at all. She also heard from Kimberly Paley of Paley's Place: It seems that, even though a rep from the restaurant told WW that the corkage fee at Paley's is $20, as was printed, it's actually $15.


One of the largest national raw foods confabs is slated to hit the City of Roses Aug. 21-26. The 2003 Festival of Raw and Living Foods will offer talks by experts such as Juliano Brotman, author of Raw: The Uncook Book, and raw-food poster lady Roxanne Klein, who owns a snazzy no-flame restaurant in CA that the Cali A-listers flock to. Speaking of A-listers, invites for the event have been sent to Woody Harrelson, Rue McClanahan and Jewel! No word yet whether they'll attend. For more info, write to rawfestival@aol.com.

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