Portland News to Chew

El Cubo de Cuba's brick-and-mortar, $7 growler fill-ups, and more of this week's Portland food and drink news.

By Allison Jones August 20, 2013

Fill 'em up! Growlers get beered for just $7 at dozens of McMenamins locations every Monday.


Kick off your week with a growler: Every Monday, stop by any McMenamins location with your 2-quart growler and they'll fill it up with the day's featured beer—for only $7. The day's discounted ales are listed at each location's Facebook page, and vary from week to week (and from pub to pub). With 24 locations in Portland alone, it's easy to obtain your favorite McMenamins brew for $7 every week. More information here


Havana by way of Hawthorne: El Cubo de Cuba's brick-and-mortar is now open in the former Taco del Mar space on SE Hawthorne. Hungry diners can now get their fill of Cuban-inspired fare Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 am to 10 pm. 3106 SE Hawthorne

Building community, one smoothie at a time: Part smoothie bar, part bookstore, and part Lents community hub, Fruit Face is now open on SE Foster. Offering build-your-own smoothies, fresh juice blends, and Henry Higgins boiled bagels in an airy space, Fruit Face will host movie screenings and neighborhood gatherings in weeks to come. Opening hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. 9201 SE Foster

The Country Cat's cookbook gets cookin': Eater PDX is the first to report that Montavilla Neighborhood culinary sweethearts Adam and Jackie Sappington (the duo behind the lauded whole-hog eatery Country Cat) will release Heartlandia: Heritage Recipes from The Country Cat via Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Local food scribe Ashley Gartland will assist in the 125-recipe tome—stay tuned for updates.


Sweet Alberta updates: Supporters of baker star Kir Jensen's Sugar Cube Kickstarter managed to pool over $15,000 for the sweet chef's brick-and-mortar bakery, and more details have emerged in advance of the spot's early-September opening. Jensen has teamed up with Bee Local honey to build a beehive on top of the shop. As soon as it starts producing, they'll use the honey in many of the bakery's goods. 3039 NE Alberta


New Pearl District wine perch: Cerulean Wine Bar is now open on NW Marshall, offering a 
relaxed wine-sipping space with original exposed brick walls, wood beams, and art
studio and display spaces operated by White Space. The bar, operated by the team behind Hood River's family-owned Cerulean Skies Winery, features a 30-foot-long bamboo and steel tasting bar and a small menu (think salami and cheese boards, pizzas, deviled eggs, and stuffed mushrooms). Opening hours: Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, 2 to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday from 2 pm to midnight. 1439 NW Marshall Street

Wine Country

Kickstart Newberg's next big thing: Chefs Paul Losch and Kyle Lattimer—the team behind upcoming restaurant Ruddick/Wood—have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the tavern's final stretch. As previously reported, Ruddick/Wood aims to offer "thoughtfully sourced and prepared food and drink at an approachable price" to the wine country community. 720 East First St, Newberg

Farm-to-fork dining for a cause: More than 1000 Plate and Pitchfork dinner attendees raised over $22,346 for this year's beneficiary, Farmers Ending Hunger. The proceeds from this year's ten dinners will help get fresh local food donated by farmers into the emergency food boxes for Oregon's hungriest.

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