Do you like brunch, booze, and happiness? Good, so do we. So much so that Portland Monthly is throwing its 5th annual Country Brunch, a Sunday Funday wholly devoted to the a.m. culinary arts and the drinks we love to swill with ‘em. The deliciousness goes down this Sunday, April 24 at chic Northwest event and garden spot Castaway, boasting eats and drinks from 13 of Portland’s most talented bunch wizards. Expect bites from Screen Door, Broder, and Pip’s Doughnuts, Bloodies courtesy of Pizza Jerk, Woodsman Tavern, and Raven & Rose’s The Rookery and much, much more.
Still waffling on joining us? We’ve also got live tunes from the June Bugs, a breakfast-in-bed photo booth, Recreation Dept’s über designed lawn games, an adorable baby calf handy for heavy petting, and, if you’re lucky, Poison Waters in a cowgirl outfit—and proceeds benefit cool urban ag outfit Zenger Farm.
Lip-smacking details on what our chefs and bars plan to serve below. But, come on, we had you at “baby calf,” didn’t we? Get tickets here or read on.
COUNTRY BRUNCH BITES
Pip’s Original Doughnuts Fresh-fried raw honey and sea salt doughnuts, Meyer lemon pear butter doughnuts, and Heart of Gold and Smokey Robinson house chais
Broder The local brunch chain’s cult Danish-style aebleskiver pancakes with lingonberry jam
Screen Door “Shrimp & Grits” aka wild-caught Gulf shrimp sautéed with country ham, garlic, tomato, and white wine over parmesan spoon bread
Milk Glass Mrkt Nancye Benson’s super-fresh spring kale salad with French lentils, garlic dates, pickled red onions, and savory granola tossed in a creamy sunflower dressing. Bonus: it’s vegan and gluten-free.
The Dump Truck Lots of dumplings: Mr. Ma's Special, Down to Earth, Potato Curry, Bacon Cheeseburger, and Breakfast Dumpling to be specific.
Batter PDX The Northeast flapjack spot offers maple bacon pancakes topped with maple whipped cream and house buttermilk syrup
BLOODY MARY SMACKDOWN
Grain + Gristle “Beet'n to a Bloody Pulp” with a bacon rim and pickles spear (pureed beets, tomato juice, orange juice, Old Bay, Portland Ketchup Company vegan Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco horseradish pepper)
Besaw's Maria en Verde (under-ripened tomatoes bring a fresh, spring twist to this green Bloody Mary)
Boke Bowl Boke Bloody Mary—the O.G. meal in a glass, Hot Boke sauce, fish sauce, housemade pickles, Boke’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken included
Raven and Rose / The Rookery PoMo’s Country Brunch 2015 Judge’s Choice winner returns with its fabled Full Bloody Irish. Its makers say: “This isn't just any Bloody Mary. Blending the spiciness of pepper-vodka and a touch of nitro stout, this bloody hits you between the eyes, but takes the edge off with the luck of the Irish.
Pizza Jerk Pizza Mary: “slice of pizza chilling in a sauced up Bloody Mary” (ed note: OH HELLS YES.)
My Father’s Place The hallowed PDX dive presents its Blood Sucker, with “house Bloody Mary mix from our ancient recipe, infused with fresh cilantro and garlic.” Bring your own breath mints.
Woodsman Tavern Our first-ever crowd-sourced Bloody Battle contender throws down with a bottle-conditioned Bloody Mary filled with potato vodka, amontillado sherry, tomato juice, and Woodsman’s secret bloody mix.
Portland Monthly’s Country Brunch
and Bloody Mary Smackdown
When: Sunday, April 24, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: Castaway, 1900 NW 18th Ave
How Much: Just $40 for brunch and bloodies,
$30 for brunch-only, kids 5 and under are free
Get yer tickets now!