Eat Beat's News to Chew

Top food news stories from around Portland, including the debut of Kure juice bar's downtown brick-and-mortar and Portland Roasting coffee at the Oscars.

By Allison Jones February 19, 2013

Portland Roasting Coffee will be sipped by the stars at this Sunday's Academy Awards.


SE Clinton: Chad Draizin has narrowed down the opening date for his Fifty Licks brick-and-mortar scoop shop. The new ice cream central will debut in June next door to St. Jack, offering twelve French custard-style flavors plus two soft-serve selections, gluten-free cones, and unique toppings like candied rosemary and potato chips. Anticipated hours: 11 am to 10 pm, daily. 2021 SE Clinton

SE Milwaukie: Wood-fired pizza and bagel eatery Tastebud is closed for "restructuring, reorganizing and refiguring," according to owner Mark Doxtader. Plans are in the works for a new bakery, a new pizzeria, a new mobile wood-fired over, and more wholesale bagels. During the closure, Tastebud bagels will be available at local winter farmers markets and, soon, at Portland cafes and grocers. Stay tuned for more info. 3220 SE Milwaukie Ave 

SE Milwaukie: Twenty-tap Relish Gastropub is now open in the Sellwood-Moreland space most recently home to the Woods music venue. The kitchen, headed by former Noisette chef Josef Valoff heads the kitchen, offers upscale pub food like sturgeon and mussel stew, veggie hash, and burgers in addition to plenty of vegetarian small plates. 6637 SE Milwaukie


NE Sandy: More new bagels! Bethany Venooker's hand-rolled, boiled, and baked Blackheart Bagels will open a new retail location on Friday, February 22nd at 6 am. The tiny 64-square-foot space will offer over a dozen bagel varieties, including honey whole-grain, black sesame, black pepper, italian herb, and za’atar. More info here2240 NE Sandy Blvd

NE Fremont: New donut and coffee shop Pip's Original is now serving made-to-order mini donuts (with toppings like Ceylon cinnamon sugar or pink sea salt and raw honey) alongside locally-roasted Extracto coffee. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm; Sunday and Monday from 7 am to 2 pm. 4759 NE Fremont

NE MLK: Francesco Solda's Carpaccio Trattoria has closed after just eight months in the former Belly space on the corner of NE Fremont and MLK. 3500 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd 


SW Taylor: The cart-bound juice pros at SE Hawthorne's Kure Juice Bar have expanding the reach of their blenders. Fans of the cart's superfood smoothie and bowl menu can now get their fix at Kure's downtown brick-and-mortar location, which debuted over the weekend. Along with the new space come new hours sure to please the early-bird crowd. Details here518 SW Taylor

SW Morrison: Chef Gregory Gourdet of Departure has been named The Oregon Department of Agriculture's Chef of the Year for his efforts to promote Oregon seafood and produce. Gourdet will be honored at the upcoming Agriculture Progress Awards dinner in Salem. 525 SW Morrison

Beyond Boundaries

Cookbook News: The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home, the upcoming cookbook from Nick Zukin and Michael Zusman, will hit bookshelves on August 13th with over 100 recipes for DIY deli classics.

The Red Carpet: On the heels of their 2013 Good Food Award win, Portland Roasting Coffee has been selected as the backstage coffee for the 85th annual Academy Awards. Celebrities will sip Organic Tanager’s Song blend and decaf Vienna Blend in the Oscars green room.

Wine Country: Southern Oregon has a brand new AVA! The new 74,900-acre viticultural area, dubbed Elkton Oregon AVA, is situated within the Umpqua Valley AVA but is characterized by a cooler climate than the rest of the Southern Oregon winegrowing regions, as influenced by its close proximity to the Pacific. The Elkton Oregon AVA is currently home to twelve commercial wineries focusing on Pinot Noir and will be active as of March 7th. More information here

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