Pickle Power: Portland's First Ever Fermentation Fest

Okay, so you probably don't get as irrationally excited about pickled and fermented foods as I do (why yes, there is a plastic bucket in my garage used exclusively to make kim chee). But if you've ever enjoyed slurping miso soup, loading sauerkraut on a sausage or chugging cider then, well, you already dig fermentation. Thursday, Aug. 27 we can all celebrate the power of rot together as Ecotrust ...   More
Monday, August 10, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Food Fame: WW's Summer Recipe Contest.

Let Willamette Week make like Jesus and multiply your loaves and fishes to feed the multitude. We want you to share your favorite summertime recipes—legendary strawberry shortcakes, magnificent baby back ribs, Granny's potato salad—and we'll choose the best concoction to whip up and serve at Susan Tedeschi's upcoming concert at the Oregon Zoo on Friday, Aug. 21. The winner gets VIP ...   More
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 EMILY JENSEN

Recess! WW's top picks for the weekend.

Wondering what to do with yourself this weekend? We have the answers. FRIDAY 6 pm: Catch the Portland Cello Project and Oregon Ballet Theatre at Washington Park [MUSIC/DANCE] The always-awesome cello ensemble and the recently bailed-out dance company perform a free show in the Rose Garden Amphitheater for the closing weekend of the Washington Park Summer Festival. Washington Park Rose Garden ...   More
Friday, August 14, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Recess! WW’s Top Picks for the Weekend of Aug. 21-23

FRIDAY 5 pm-late: Rock the fuck out at SMMR BMMR Tired of wimpy folk rock? The first day of the SMMR BMMR festival features some of the noisiest bands around, including Thee Oh Sees, Eat Skull and Sic Alps. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 5 pm. $12. 21+. 5:30 or 8:30 pm: See Ingluorious Basterds at St. Johns Twin Cinemas & Pub. A hymn to the crass, disreputable power of cinema. ...   More
Friday, August 21, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Name Game: Sungari Pearl morphs into Seres.

New name, same game—kind of. Sungari Pearl, the Pearl District's white tablecloth Chinese bistro will morph into Seres Restaurant and Bar come October 1...even though they're not changing the menu, decor or ownership. So why the shakeup? The powers that be say the new name highlights the eight-year-old restaurant's new focus on sustainability and organic goods, which it apparently has been ...   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Recess! Our top picks for the weekend of Aug. 28-30

FRIDAY 6:30 pm: Get seduced by Al Green at Edgefield Forty years and running, Al Green remains a pre-eminent source of baby-makin' with his forceful voice and slick grooves. The secret to Green's staying power is the timelessness of his butter-smooth vocals, the kind of voice that will remain on bedroom mix tapes eternally. McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St. 669-8610 6:30 pm. $40. 7:30 ...   More
Friday, August 28, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Portland Fermented.

"How many people here have problems with surface molds?" asks Sandor Katz, the wild haired man standing on a chair in the middle of Ecotrust's second floor conference room. A ton of hands shoot up from the crowd, which is packed into the room like, well, hunks of cabbage in a crock. They are here to share information, troubleshoot and generally geek out at all things pickled here at Portland's ...   More
Friday, August 28, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Holy foodgasm: Travel Oregon's "Cuisinternship" Contest

Okay, I get a lot of emails about contests and promotions, but this is a genuinely amazing opportunity for all you food geeks out there. Travel Oregon is sponsoring a new contest in which seven food-obsessives will get a chance to hang out with an, ahem, “notable Oregon culinary personality” for a week-long “cuisinternship” plus win six nights free lodging and $1,000 in ...   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

TBA Diary: Planted!

I must admit, I was disappointed about the “tablecloth.” What was advertised in the TBA guide as a “giant, checkered picnic blanket” and what I had imagined as a rolling sea of gingham turned out to be large red and white tarps, spread apart in a vast rectangle. Maybe if I had seen it from an airplane it would have looked better. I mean, do you see a blanket here (see photo ...   More
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 Kate Williams


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