DOWNTOWN—The long-awaited day has come: The massive Pine Street Market food hall curated by Feast co-founder Mike Thelin officially opened May 1. The downtown market is a cross between a big European food hall and a mall-like food court, and the eight restaurants inside are owned and operated by the coolest kids in school, from Olympia Provisions and Salt & Straw to John Gorham. Accordingly, Pine Street Market isn't just one of this city's most-anticipated opening, it's one of the most anticipated openings in the country. See what's inside.
N WILLIAMS—The owner and executive chef of Lincoln Restaurant and Sunshine Tavern, Jenn Louis was arrested for allegedly punching her husband, David James Welch, in the nose during service at Lincoln Restaurant on Friday night, according to the Portland Police Bureau. The Multnomah County District Attorney has since declined to press charges. Louis has earned national celebrity status, having been named Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chef 2012, competed on Top Chef Masters, and cooked at New York City's James Beard House. She is currently opening a restaurant in Los Angeles.
PORTLAND—The first whispers of Feast 2016, Portland's huge four-day food party, are out, and festival co-founder Mike Thelin described the event's fifth year as its "no-rerun year." The changes seem to mostly focus on new takes on familiar marquee events; for instance, the Sandwich Invitation will jump the river and land in the Rose Quarter Commons, the plaza beside the Moda Center with much-needed extra space. Some bigger changes are coming, too.