It’s a cloudy Portland morning, but you can soon eat sea salt ice cream above those clouds thanks to a new deal with Alaska Airlines and Salt & Straw. In this morning‘s AM intel, a new chef joins the Trifecta team, and the Thirsty Monk transforms a Hawthorne beer hall into a Belgian wonderland.
SKY & STRAW — Salt & Straw is going airborne, but only for the high flyers. The out-there ice cream company is now a perk of cross-country Alaska Airlines flights, but only for first class flights. Meyer lemon custard with blueberries and sea salt with caramel ribbons are the two flavors available on those flights, though the ice cream’s airplane presence may grow with time. [The O]
THE NEW TRIFECTA — Trifecta chef Rich Meyer is leaving the Ken Forkish spot, to be replaced by Jackrabbit chef Chris DiMinno. This news comes weeks after the American spot announced the departure of star bartender Colin Carroll. [The O]
HOPPY HOUR — Belgian-style brewery Thirsty Monk took over Bazi Bierbrasserie this fall, and the transformation of the space into a church-themed brewery is complete, from wooden pew benches to artwork of Monks and monasteries. The spot is throwing a grand opening June 15. [EPDX, New School]