— The Good Food Awards were announced in the past week, celebrating the best food producers and artisans around the country (that is, the awards go to food production companies for their products, rather than restaurants). Portland had a good showing, particularly for charcuterie and chocolate — check the list to see the hefty number of other Oregonians outside Portland who picked up some honors.
- Creo Chocolate won for its brown butter bar
- Olympia Provisions won its 12th award for Spanish-style chorizo Salami El Rey
- Spanish restaurant Toro Bravo won for its cured Sobrasada Mallorca & Fuet cured sausage
- Alma Chocolate took out a prize for its matcha mint bar
- Confectioners Batch PDX were awarded one for the Earl Grey and Almond Crisp
- Cocktail supplies producer Improper Goods won for its Bitter Housewife cardamom bitters
- All-round gourmet spot Bunches & Bunches won for its fire-roasted green chile sauce
- Bee Local (under Jacobsen Salt Co.) took out a prize for its Pioneer Square & Sauvie Island honey
- Dundee cheesemaker Briar Rose Creamery took out a prize for its goat milk feta and its lorelei (yes, it’s not Portland, but close enough)
— Voodoo Doughnut has a new CEO: Chris Schultz joins the famed dough-fryers after working as senior vice-president at Seattle casual pizza chain MOD, and with over a decade at Starbucks
— Per the Oregonian, the City of Portland has given up trying to stop Old Town Brewing from using the iconic Portland leaping deer logo that belongs to the City. The brewers now have exclusive rights to use the deer on beer-related products, while the city will still be allowed to use it to promote certain events and festivals.
— Mexican favorite Tamale Boy is launching brunch at its Dekum location, starting this Saturday (January 27), and it’ll run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends. Expect huevos rancheros, eggy sopa de huevo, a poblano corn chowder, huarache tamales, chilaquiles, and a solid booze selection.
— The Secret Language pop-up has been doing weekday breakfast and lunch out of Cafe T at event space Tournant for a while — now as of this Sunday (January 28), it wades into weekend brunch. The full menu is online, and includes a turmeric chicken noodle soup, celery root and coconut green curry with tempeh, and more.
— This Sunday (January 28), brewhouse Ecliptic is throwing a benefit for Oregonians in need of eye care, together with the Casey Eye Institute, with a portion of sales going to the organization, and a special IPA tasting tray available all day.
— Thai favorite Langbaan is closed from now until February 11 for its annual research trip to Thailand, but pop-up restaurant Jolie Laide will be there many nights doing ten course menus.
- Good Food Awards [Official]
- Voodoo Doughnut Names Chris Schultz As Company’s CEO [BusinessWire]
- Local brewery triumphs over city of Portland in yearslong trademark dispute [The Oregonian]