Welcome back to our new weekly I-5 High Five, a look at restaurant news from up-and-down the Pacific Northwest corridor.
PORTLAND: Down in the Rose City, the Bunk Sandwiches empire expands into its first (finally open) downtown counter; Portland Roasting readies its first retail shops in the Oregon Convention Center's former Starbucks spaces; and Roost chef Megan Henzel talks One Year In at her restaurant Roost. (Insert a "Put a Bird On It" joke here.) [-EPDX-]
VASHON ISLAND: Taking a page from Eater's I-5 love, Portland and Seattle come together for reals in a collaborative dinner with Ned Ludd's Jason French and Beard-nominated chef Matt Dillon, of Seattle's Sitka & Spruce. The duo's "Northwest Collaborative Chef Dinner" — the first of "a series of semi-annual dining adventures" — is scheduled for Friday, November 4 on Vashon Island's Old Chaser Farm (which supplies S&S and the Corson Building with its produce), featuring a multi-course feast of lamb, pheasant, and other foraged farm goodies. According to French, seating will be reserved for 18 Portlanders and 18 Seattlites to truly encourage inter-city mingling. Reservations to the $125 all-inclusive dinner available here. [EaterWire]