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This Week In Portland Food News: Boozy Cakes, Local Tasting Menus, and Pickle Salt

July 15, 2022 Edition
July 15, 2022
The new bakery Tipsee & Spice Spirited Desserts sneaks booze into its elegant cakes. (Mika Martinez Photography)
This week brings culinary abundance in the form of a bakery serving alcohol-spiked cakes, a Latin American bar and kitchen, and a highly anticipated spot in McMinnville from a chef with a background working in Michelin-starred restaurants. Read on for all of that and more updates, from the upcoming closure of the much-adored Italian joint Gabagool to the Portland Pickles' collaboration with Jacobsen Sea Salt. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Bar Cala Add to a List
Just in time for summer, this Latinx-owned bar and kitchen opened on NE Alberta Street at the end of June. Expect light, fresh, Latin American-inspired bites like tostadas, aguachile crudo, and Baja-style fish tacos, plus refreshing sips like pisco sours and the "Selling Sunset" (Lustau Blanc, mezcal, crème de menthe, crème de peche, Cynar).
Pickup, dine-in

okta Add to a List
Oregon wine country just gained an exciting new dining destination: Acclaimed chef Matt Lightner, who formerly worked at Castagna Add to a List and as the executive chef at the Michelin-starred Atera in New York City, opened this new restaurant at the newly Tributary Hotel in McMinnville on Wednesday. Lightner plans to offer a hyper-seasonal tasting menu within the elegant, nature-inspired space, which also features a downstairs cellar bar and lounge with a wine library curated by local wine expert Ron Acierto.

Pah! Add to a List
This food stand serving classic pub grub opened within The ZED Add to a List brewery and food hall (formerly Zoiglhaus Brewing) last week. The business is Latinx-owned, queer-owned, and deaf-owned—the word "pah!" is slang in American Sign Language for "finally," "it's about time," "at last," or "eureka" and carries positive connotations in deaf culture.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Tikkalicious Add to a List
Chef Sreenath Doosa recently opened this spot specializing in tandoori tikkas and other traditional Indian dishes, including biryani, curries, and kati rolls.
Pickup, delivery

Tipsee & Spice Spirited Desserts Add to a List
Boozy baked goods? Sign us up. Pastry chef Larissa Kama opened this bakery serving alcohol-spiked cakes last Wednesday, July 6, with flavors like pink champagne, limoncello olive oil, and butterscotch salted caramel whiskey. Later this summer, Kama will add evening service and will serve Hawaiian-inspired bites and cocktails.


Gabagool Add to a List
This beloved Italian spot named for the pronunciation of "capicola" in a Southern Italian or New Jersey accent (as immortalized by The Sopranos) announced on July 5 that it will close this Sunday, July 17 due to being unable to reach an agreement on the space's lease. In an Instagram post, the owners wrote, "We can’t even express what we’re feeling right now, and how much we appreciate the support we’ve received from this community. It’s been our great pleasure serving all of you....We’re not sure what’s in our future but we are truly glad to have had this experience, the rollercoaster that it’s been."
St. Johns


Portland Pickles partner with Jacobsen Sea Salt
Your favorite collegiate woodbat baseball team is teaming up with Jacobsen Sea Salt for a limited-edition pickle salt. According to a press release, the special salt is now available online at Walker Stadium Add to a List and at and pairs well with popcorn, hot dogs, pasta, eggs, salads, pickles, or "whatever you're into."



Rosé Happy Hour Add to a List
Guzzle all the blush-pink wine your heart desires at this rosé extravaganza, featuring everything from vintages from the South of France to "vivacious and flashy" vino from Italy.
Zupan's Market, 4:30 pm

Piroshky Piroshky Pre-Order Pop-Up Add to a List
Seattle's Pike Place Market pastry purveyor Piroshky Piroshky has drawn long lines of tourists for years and has been featured on shows such as Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. Now, they're bringing their signature flaky delights to Oregon for pre-ordered pickup at this pop-up.
Various locations


Filipino Street Food Event Add to a List
Sample street foods like fresh juices, shaved ice, and grilled and skewered meats at this outdoor festival—no plane ticket to the Philippines necessary. Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to Historic Parkrose Outreach. Fork And Spoon Food House


The Portland Mercury's Nacho Week 2022 Add to a List
QUERY: Do you like or LOVE nachos? ANSWER: You flippin' LOVE 'EM! So get ready to get very excited, because from Monday, July 11 through Sunday, July 17, the Portland Mercury celebrates the return of NACHO WEEK (brought to you by your favorite booze, Hornitos Tequila, and this amazing event site, EverOut)! That's right! For one week only, Portland's fave restaurants will be serving up specially crafted, full-sized plates of inventive, delicious nachos! And while it's not a competition, you can bet your butt that these fun-loving chefs will be coming up with the most CREATIVE nacho combinations imaginable! And best of all? Every delectable plate is only a measly $6 each! TUMMIES, START YOUR ENGINES!
Various locations

Loyal Legion PDX 7th Anniversary Party Add to a List
Help the beer hall Loyal Legion celebrate lucky number seven and try its exclusive anniversary beer, Passion Pale, a summery 5.5% beer made with passionfruit purée and tropical, citrusy Strata and Citra hops in collaboration with Gigantic Brewing Company. Plus, avail yourself of $7 beer and shot specials, $7 anniversary cocktails, $7 food combos, and over a dozen other Gigantic beers on tap.
Loyal Legion

Marvel Meets Bastille Day Wine Flight Add to a List
Your favorite comic book caped crusaders will join forces with the flavors of France in this unexpected wine tasting.


Domaine Roy Willamette Valley Chardonnay Release Party Add to a List
Need a break from it all? Abscond to gorgeous Willamette Valley wine country and be among the first to try Domaine Roy & Fils' 2020 Willamette Valley Chardonnay. Better yet, the new release will be paired with wood-fired pizza from local spot Wooden Heart.
Domaine Roy & Fils, 12-4 pm

Fuji to Hood: An Oregon/Japan Collaboration Fest Add to a List
Did you know that Portland has nine different sister cities? This all-ages craft beer and food festival honors Portland's impressive 63-year-long relationship with its first sister city, Sapporo, Japan, with 18 different collaborations between Oregon and Japanese craft breweries, a cider collaboration, and a distillery collaboration, plus food and art. Each collaboration is made in Oregon using at least one special ingredient from Japan, resulting in original combos like a citrus cider from Reverend Nat’s and Fukuoka Craft with yuzu kosho and Fukuoka kabosu and a matcha gin from Aimsir Distilling and Kozue Gin with notes of juniper, raspberry, and cardamom.
Culmination Brewing, 12-9 pm

McMinnville Pop-Ups in Portland Add to a List
Wellspent Market's parking lot will host a coterie of vendors hailing from McMinnville and slinging everything from organic produce to kitchen products to snacks. Plus, Wellspent will serve coffee, beer, and wine, all made in or near the historic town.
Wellspent Market, 2-3 pm

TeaFest PDX Add to a List
Taste the finest leaf-infused waters at this festival devoted to all things tea. Steep yourself in knowledge with a selection of workshops and classes on topics like matcha, oolong, tea lore, and more.
Estate Gardens at Lewis & Clark College, 9:30 am-6 pm


Come Thru Market Add to a List
Come Thru Market serves as an incubator for Black and Indigenous farmers and makers. By buying from BIPOC growers, you can help in their small business development while shopping locally and sustainably. For the 2022 season, the market has shifted its hours to the afternoon/evening so you can come through after work and pick up produce for dinner or grab a bite.
The Redd on Salmon, 3-7 pm


Great Notion Brewing Add to a List
Beer drinkers with a sweet tooth will be delighted by Great Notion's new sour smoothie beer, Sugar High, which drops today. The brew is made with blackberry, strawberry, and blueberry purée and finished with marshmallow and cotton candy flavors.
Beaverton, Concordia, Nob Hill

The sandwich shop's July "Chefwich" special, made in collaboration with Tamara Hattar of Euzumeh, is a harissa lamb braised hoagie with red zhug, yogurt sauce, pickled jalapeños, red onion, and cilantro. Proceeds from the sandwich will go to the Northwest Abortion Access Fund.
Downtown, Hosford-Abernethy, Lake Oswego
Pickup, delivery

NOLA Doughnuts
Celebrate berry season with the New Orleans-inspired bakery's luscious lemon raspberry poppyseed doughnuts, stuffed with raspberry jam.
Pearl District, Beaverton
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Oyatsupan Bakers Add to a List
The Japanese-influenced bakeshop recently introduced a new seasonal version of their farmer's croissant, made with roasted Stoneboat Farm garlic scapes and creamy chive goat cheese filling.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in, drive-thru

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