Portland News to Chew

We say hello to Kachka, Boke Bowl West, and Jackknife, bid farewell to Good Keuken and Viking Soul Food, and share two chances to dine out for a great cause.

By Eat Beat Team April 22, 2014


One of the city’s newest culinary instruction landmarks, Good Keuken, has closed its location in Old Salt Marketplace. The school, which offered one-day classes for amateur cooking enthusiasts and more intensive multi-week courses for those seeking formal culinary training, had been open for one year. Blake Van Roekel, the Director and Founder of Good Keuken, leaves the future of the school up in the air, saying, “What is exactly next? I do know that dreams don’t die; they just change location…never underestimate the power of silver linings.” Stay tuned for updates. 


Boke Bowl, the offbeat eatery famed for Portland-style ramen, rice bowls, and steam buns, will open a second location to accompany their first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Southeast Portland. The new location on the corner of NW 18th and Northrup will serve the same crowd favorites and maintain a similar feel as the restaurant’s flagship location. Doors open at the NW location on Wednesday, April 30 and will be open seven days a week, starting at 11am. 1200 NW 18th Ave.


Bye and Bye's John Janulis and Dig a Pony's Jake Carey have officially opened the doors to their newest bar venture, Jackknife. The bar features cocktails inspired by hotel classics and will offer a drinking snack menu filled with deviled eggs, meat and cheese boards, and potato fritters. Jackknife is located in the historic Sentinel Hotel, formerly the Governor Hotel, and is open seven days a week from 11 am to 2 am. 614 SW 11th Avenue.


Kachka, Portland’s newest Russian tapas restaurant, has officially opened its doors. The restaurant serves up traditional Eastern European nosh complete with flights of vodka. We take a first look at Kachka’s drink-friendly offerings, with smoked fish, stuffed dumplings, and a few sweet surprises. 720 SE Grand Ave. 

Viking Soul Food shuts its tin door for good on Norway’s official Constitution Day, Saturday, May 17. The food cart, which specializes in Norwegian fare, has had a successful run for four years; however, the owners made the decision to close the cart in order to attend to a family medical crisis. The cart will continue to operate Wednesday through Sunday from 12 pm to 8 pm until closing day.

Portland Area

Dine Out for a Great Cause: On May 7, charitable diners should plan to eat dinner out at one of the sixteen restaurants that will be donating a portion of all sales to Raphael House. For 35 years, Raphael House has been a safe haven for victims and families of domestic violence, providing shelter, crisis line support, advocacy to women and children, as well as community outreach and education. For every $87 raised, Raphael House says they can provide one night of shelter for a woman or her child. For more information, visit Raphael House. Some of Portland's top restaurants will be taking part, including:

  • The Country Cat
  • Saint Honore
  • Lincoln
  • Dove Vivi
  • Firehouse
  • Nonna
  • Pacific Pie

Support Oso Landslide Victims at Willem’s on Main: Paul Kiltsie, chef of Willem’s on Main in Vancouver, is spearheading a new project dubbed Support Oso Relief to aid Red Cross in the area of Washington’s month-old mudslide. Ten participating restaurants in Vancouver are donating a cut of their profits on April 23 to the Snohomish American Red Cross. Take a spring ride to Vancouver and lend a hand. Participating business include Brewed, Charlie’s Bistro, Main Event, Niche Wine and Art, Rosemary Café, South Pacific Restaurant and Bar, The Mighty Bowl, Tommy O’s Pacific Rim Bistro, Top Shelf Lounge, and Willem’s on Main.

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