Welcome back to our new weekly I-5 High Five, where you can indulge your shameful curiosity about what's going on in the Portland dining scene and all points between (and northerly).
PORTLAND: Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson is opening his first full-fledged restaurant (next to the "original Stumptown" location in PDX), and Eater sat down with chef Jason Barwikowski to collect menu details (the main components? Ham and oysters). Washington caemo alert: Most dishes will make a trip into a Josper wood-fired oven by Bellingham-based Wood Stone Corp. [EPDX]
PORTLAND: Elsewhere in Portland, fans of downtown deli Kenny & Zuke's will be happy to know that a "secret menu" is no longer a secret. And keep an eye on the Seattle and Redmond outposts of the exclamatory Thai chain Typhoon!: The beleaguered chain has shuttered two major locations in downtown Portland, citing "recent death of co-owner Steve Kline, restructuring due to issues with former hired management, and legal costs concerning recent accusations and law suits." [EPDX]
VICTORIA, B.C.: Taking I-5 across the border, Vancouver toasts the Art of the Cocktail conference this weekend (from October 1-3), with several liquored-up tastings and seminars accessible to the public. (Portland's Jeffrey Morgenthaler hosts a seminar about barrel-aged cocktails on Sunday, Oct. 3, while a competition to crown the "Best Bartender in the Pacific Northwest" kicks off at 6pm the same evening.) Tickets still available here. [EaterWire]