Portland News to Chew | April 2

Everything you need to know about this week's Portland food and drink news, including accolades for PDX pastry chefs and Oregon's legalization of wine and cider growlers.

By Allison Jones April 2, 2013

Growlers: not just for beer anymore!

Wine Growlers: Good news, wine and cider lovers! The Oregon State Senate unanimously passed HB 2443, effectively legalizing growlers of wine and cider in grocery stores, wine shops, wineries, bars, and restaurants, a privilege recently limited to beer. Governor John Kitzhaber is expected to sign the bill soon, which will go into effect immediately.

Life's a picnic: John Dovydenas' Picnic food cart will return after a winter hiatus in Mid-April at a new location, SW Third and Stark, and with a new menu. For more Picnic info, check out Eat Beat's 2012 review of the cart.

Lake Oswego: The In Good Taste cooking school is launching a three-week Baking Boot Camp beginning in may, with hands-on pastry training starting with basic cakes and cookies and ending with more complex fruit fillings, sauces, and glazes. 6302 SW Meadows Rd, Lake Oswego 

Food & Wine: Nominations are in for the online vote-off celebrating Food & Wine's People's Best Pastry Chef, and two PDX dessert mavens are among the honored: St. Jack's Alissa Rozos and Andina's Megan Vargas. Cast your vote all week on the Food & Wine website, through April 8.

New cider in the city: Oregon's Craft Brew Alliance (which markets Kona Brewing, Redhook Brewery, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Omission beer) announced the launch of a new cider today. Square Mile Cider Company will offer two varieties of cider, available by bottle in the next month—The Original, a "classic American" hard cider, and Spur & Vine, the Original with the addition of Galaxy hops. 

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