Portland News to Chew

Woodsman Market shutters, a Jade District night market hits Fubonn, the Doug Fir gets a menu overhaul, Harvester seeks a new name, and tickets go on sale for Nicky USA's Wild About Game

By Eat Beat Team July 9, 2014

• Bike-powered smoothie bar Moberi has opened a pop-up, pedal-your-own drink bar inside downtown's West End Bikes, with a limited menu—from the chocolate and nut-powered Peanut Butter Kakow to the Johnny Utah (kale, spinach, pineapple, mango, mint, and coconut water). Feel like working for your green smoothie? Head to Moberi Monday through Saturday from 11 am to and Sunday from noon to 4. 1111 SW Stark St

• Some chef shuffles to report in the constellation of Bruce Carey restaurnts: chef Dolan Lane will be leaving Bluehour at the end of the month to spearhead another (as yet undisclosed) Portland restaurant. Lane's former sous chef and Portland native Kyo Koo (who has been the exectutive chef at Clarklewis for two years) will take the helm at Bluehour, and over at Clarklewis, Zack Schomann has stepped into the exectutive chef role after five years in the iconic industrial eastside eatery's kitchen. Says Carey (who also owns 23Hoyt and Saucebox): "These changes demonstrate one of the most rewarding aspects of having a (small) group of restaurants: the capability to reward talent and good work by offering opportunity for growth and promotion within the family."

• The Bent Brick chef Ryan Mead is offering a new family-style tasting menu with four courses of locally souced fare, from grilled pork belly with chantrelles and basil pork dashi, heirloom beet salad with walnuts and grilled chicory, and Chinook Salmon with tarbais beans, pickled ginger, and country ham. $49 per guest; 1639 NW Marshall St

• As part of their 10-year anniversary, Doug Fir has added two dozen new drinks and dishes to their menu. Check out the Candied Bacon Burger ($13), the Spinach Sally with chèvre, roasted hazelnuts, and dried cranberries, or the nut-encrusted NW Sockeye Salmon ($20) dressed in a Northwest berry sauce. Cool off with one of their new cocktails, like the Fremont, with Sapphire East and St. Germaine, or heat things up with the smoked jalapeño-infused El Gaucho or one of their spicy bloody marys. 830 E Burnside St

• Duane Sorenson confirms the specialty foods outpost and deli next to his Woodsman Tavern and flagship Stumptown Coffee roasters, Woodsman Market, is closing July 15. When asked what his plans were for the space, he responded: "Just closing to go fishing." (But no doubt there are some prospects on the hooks). Stay tuned for more details. 4529 SE Division St

• In an effort to avoid what could be a long legal battle over their brand name, Harvester Brewing, the first dedicated gluten-free brewery in the US, is seeking suggestions for a new company name. They hope to retain their tractor-themed logo and specifically seek a name that represents their “love of farming, farmers, and tractors.” Readers are encouraged to submit any suggestions to Harvester’s facebook page or to send them directly to [email protected]2030 SE 7th Ave

• Nighttime markets are a staple throughout Asia, featuring food vendors, retail stands, live entertainment, and booze. In an effort to celebrate one of Portland’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods and bring the night market energy to the city, the Jade district will host a series of Jade Night Markets this summer. The first market will be held on August 23 from 6 pm to 10 pm and occur each Saturday through September 13. Fubonn Shopping Center parking lot, 2850 SE 82nd Ave

• On September 7, Nicky USA will host their 14th annual Wild About Game at Timberline Lodge—one of our favorite food fests of the year! The event will highlight a culinary competition between some of Portland and Seattle’s most lauded chefs as they face off to produce the best dish that incorporates a Nicky Farms protein. Portland chefs competing include Joshua McFadden (Ava Gene’s), Josh Schofield (Toro Bravo), Jin Soo Yang (Bamboo Sushi), and Jason French (Ned Ludd). Tickets are $65 ($75 at the door) and can be purchased online. 27500 W Leg Road, Timberline

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